Letter to the editor: Trekkers’ inaugural “Fired Up” event a success

Posted:  Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:00am

On behalf of Trekkers, I extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in our first annual “Fired Up” Fundraising Event. A year ago, the event was just an idea; let's get local chefs to cook on the same BioLite camp stoves Trekkers uses during expeditions. Thanks to an amazing event committee, the support of five of the area's best chefs and some wonderful sponsors, it was a night to remember. 130 people attended the sold-out event on Waterman's Beach on July 20th. I am so pleased to share that, thanks to everyone involved, this was Trekkers' most successful fundraiser ever. Over $50,000 was raised to support Trekkers mentoring programs for 7th—12th grade students from Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.

A huge thank you to our event sponsors, BioLite, Linda Bean's Perfect Maine, Philbrook & Associates Bookkeeping & Business Services, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Naretiv and Granite Gardens.

The event was built around amazing food prepared on BioLite wood-fired camp stoves. In other words, it wouldn't have been possible without the participation of some our area's finest restaurants and chefs. Thank you to: Kerry Altiero – Café Miranda; Sara Jenkins – Nina June; Dustin Martin – Primo; Tim Lewis; and Melody Wolfertz – In Good Company.

Thank you to the generous contributions from Sandy Manahan & Lorri Cousens; Mark Benjamin & Ari Meil, Naretiv; Adam Bullard & Just Teachers; Hammon Buck, Plants Unlimited; Mark Haskell, Mark Haskell Photography; Dee and Phoebe Megna; Samoset Resort; and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Our committee members included Jacquie Chamberlain, Mike Hersom, Dee Megna, Alyssa Rolerson, Britta Sturks, Paula Coyne, Amie Hutchison and Shari Closter. All of the photography at this idyllic setting was beautifully captured by Mark Haskell of Mark Haskell Photography.

We are already looking forward to next year's event, when the community can come together again to enjoy this very special Trekkers evening.


Amie Hutchison, Executive Director

Trekkers, Inc.