February 21, 2010

Fan fare

Food, music and more are on the menu at a Portland Pirates benefit.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Motor Booty Affair kept the dance floor packed all night.

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Pirates Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek, his wife, Sara Petrovek, and assistant coach Eric Weinrich.

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The event featured a huge silent auction offering up things like game shirts and gift certificates. All the proceeds from the auction and the ticket sales will be donated to local charities, including Gary's House.

Some of the hottest auction items were the hand-painted pottery pieces each player created.

''I love that they made the pottery,'' said Darolyn Feeney of Portland. ''It's something different.''

Another thing all the fans at the party agreed upon is that the efforts of a certain senator from New York to move the team to Albany is a terrible idea.

''I've been to downtown Albany,'' joked Booster Club president Jim Clukey. ''Why would anyone want to go to downtown Albany?''

Showing their fan pride, Jim and his wife, Dianna Clukey, donned what they termed Pirate Booty attire, featuring tie-dyed T-shirts, wigs and Mardi Gras beads. The pair attends all the Pirates home games, and recently traveled to watch the team take on the Lowell Devils.

''Fans in Portland are more gung-ho,'' Tim Johnson of Portland told me.

Donna Van Horn, another member of the Booster Club, echoed this sentiment when she said ''I think we have a lot of loyal, down-to-earth people here. Maine is known for being more inviting.''

And as Bill Knights said, ''I don't think I've ever met a player who didn't like Portland.''

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at:

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Head Coach Kevin Dineen and season ticket holder Don Crandall of Gray.

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Fans Jaime Richards, of Portland, and Lindsay DiNardo, of Cape Elizabeth, and Pirates player T.J. Brennan.

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Pirates fans Ashley Feeney of Portland, Chrissie Curit of Windham and Darolyn Feeney of Portland.

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Motor Booty Affair kept the dance floor packed all night.

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