Friday October 01, 2010 | 11:55 PM

A crowd of 200 gathered at USM's Abromson Center in Portland tonight to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Opportunity Farm. The gorgeous New Gloucester farm, located on what I hear is the highest point in Cumberland County, provides a home for kids who can't live with their biological families. Every year the nonprofit organization spends $40,000 for each child living on the farm, and tonight's dinner and auction raised funds to help cover those costs.

After a social hour and a dinner, we gathered in the lecture hall for the auction. Board chair Curt Scribner began the program by asking everyone to stand and raise their flutes of sparkling cider in a toast to the organization's centennial.    

Here event co-chairs Karen Watterson and Amy Hawkes take their seats after being presented with flowers for all their work to make the party such a success. Soon the auction got underway, with the always entertaining Tom Saturley pushing the bids ever higher.

Finally, the party ended with cupcakes, coffee and a flurry of last minute bidding in the silent art auction. All the works in the art auction depicted some aspect of the farm and were contributed by 15 artists.

I'll have lots more info about the party - plus additional photos - in the Oct. 10 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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