Tuesday, December 10, 2013
WESTBROOK — The Frog and Turtle restaurant presented Mission Possible Teen Center with checks for more than $14,000 this morning.
James Tranchemontagne, owner of the Westbrook restaurant, announced he was holding a fundraiser for the city's teen center in August, after finding out it would lose $10,000 in funding from the city and $40,000 from the state this year.
The goal was to raise $5,000 in a month by offering $10 gift certificates to the restaurant for a $50 donation to the teen center and, for a $300 donation, a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings for a party of four.
The restaurant raised $5,333, which was matched by an anonymous donor, Tranchemontagne said. The local Kiwanis chapter added a $3,000 donation, and another $800 came from Unum.
Mission Possible was one of 17 after-school programs in the state to lose money this year that had come from the Department of Health and Human Services through the Fund for a Healthy Maine.
The teen center serves more than 500 kids per year, offering snacks and meals, mentoring, homework help and a hangout space.