August 22, 2010

Society Notebook: All hands

From organizers to attendees, the community comes through for a good cause at Harborfest: the search for a cure for multiple sclerosis.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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John Edwards, of sponsor Bangor Savings Bank and a former board member, Mary Fuller, a former board chairwoman of the Maine chapter, and Sumner Weeks, a former board member.

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Emma Lishness, Malinda Lawrence, Tim Shannon and Lisa Skerlick, who all work at law firm and event sponsor Verrill Dana.

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Baker is married to Tom Saturley, who is the president of Tranzon Auction Properties and handled the party's live auction with his wonderful mix of enthusiasm and humor.

"Tom is fun to watch," Johnson of Verrill Dana told me. "He generates a lot of interest in the auction."

my count, he generated more than $5,000 worth of interest in the live auction items, which included a night at the Red Sox in box seats and a Tag Heuer watch from Springer's Jewelers.

He even paused his auctioneer's chant to say a few heartfelt words.

"being here tonight with your dollars and most importantly with your support, you make a terrible thing a little better," Saturley said before bringing down the gavel at $1,000 for the last auction item.

As White pointed out, "This event couldn't happen without the grass-roots volunteers."

This goes for all the weekend's events, which require almost 300 volunteers to make happen. These volunteers allow the organization to devote more funds to support patients and finance research. With any luck, these research efforts will eventually lead to a cure.

As Jalbert told me, "We want to put ourselves out of business. That's our goal." 

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at: akamila@pressherald.com

 

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Robert Picone, who serves on the MS Society board, and Sheila Nee, of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the volunteer committee.

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Ellie Baker, of Baker Newman Noyes, her daughter Hannah Saturley, and her husband, Tom Saturley, who was the night’s auctioneer.

 


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