Letter to the editor: Amie Hutchison

With gratitude and excitement for what lies ahead, Trekkers thanks community

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 6:00pm

On behalf of 91 Trekkers students, thank you for making our Annual Auction a success!

Thanks to our community of attendees, volunteers, donors and local businesses, Trekkers’ students raised $21,608 at our ninth Annual Bid for Kids Auction! This directly finances 91 students’ program dues and makes it possible for more kids in the community to participate, as no student is turned away for an inability to pay. 

As always, we are grateful for the community’s generosity, participation and merriment, which mark the spirit of this event. From planning to clean up, over 150 volunteers rolled up their sleeve to help. Students and families welcomed attendees with refreshments and auctioned off homemade items like whoopie pies, hand-knit sweaters, and hand-built cornhole boards. 

Thank you to businesses and donors across the community who donated over 200 valuable items, like sponsor Fisher Engineering’s Fisher HT series 7 ½” HT Straight Blade plow (perfectly timed for the snow), South African safaris, weekend getaways, local services, fine dining, art, jewelry, electronics, outdoor experiences and of course the always highly sought-after gravel, loam and mulch landscaping materials, just to name a few. These items sold fast, thanks to our ever-lively auctioneer Bruce Gamage.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, who make this event possible, especially lead sponsor Fuller Chevrolet and of course Owl’s Head Transportation Museum for allowing us to host this event with you! Special thanks also to other supporting sponsors Applewood Dental, First National Bank & First National Wealth Management, and Hannaford Supermarkets.

Of course, thanks to all who attended and bid. It is through the generosity and participation of our community that we are able to do what we do best – cultivate our youth’s inherent strengths, bolster resiliency, raise aspirations, help to define their post-secondary goals and increase their connection to their communities at large.

As we celebrate our 25th year, I am amazed by how this community continually shows up to support one another. We continue to see the incredible impact our programs have on students, but know it would not be possible to offer them without the support of you, our community. With the deepest gratitude and excitement for what’s ahead, we at Trekkers thank you!

Amie Hutchison is executive director of Trekkers