Thank you to all our generous supporters, sponsors, volunteers, walkers, runners, businesses, friends, town officials and Frannie board members and staff who came together to make AIDS Walk Weekend an incredible success!
Because of your commitment, we raised over $137,000 for HIV/AIDS services.
Every effort and donation – from the #5dollarFridays to the scooter raffle, and key lead-up events like Ogunquit’s Got Talent, and Flask Lounge and Cornerstone fundraisers played a significant role in getting us far beyond our goal. Year after year, you show us what community really means.
A Red Ribbon Party to Remember
With as much red as ever, the 11th Annual Red Ribbon Party included 130 attendees, 28 live auction items, 30 silent auction items, and – of course – Candy Manuel, whose energy has kept this event growing year after year!
We would like to thank Scottie Vogel and the entire staff at The Front Porch for their generosity, support, and enthusiasm. We could not have had this party without them. Our friends at Bangor Savings Bank were with us providing volunteer support from start to finish, the entire weekend.
Thank you to the famous Mike Z, who once again created a beautiful Red Ribbon Party website and program of all the amazing auction items.
Thanks to Jimmy and our B3 Headquarters for providing stellar accommodations and a delicious breakfast. As we set up our tables and banners for the Walk, we were grateful for the beautiful kites flying overhead by Kites over New England and for seasonal temperatures and no rain! The weather held up nicely for our walkers, runners and volunteers. Over 75 walk-up participants joined more than 221 pre-registered individuals for one of our largest events. This year’s Walk had 26 teams! Thank you to Charlie Farrington for setting up the course and to Bob Winn for timing the race. Also, a big thank you to Kathie Purdy , owner of Purdy Distributing, for providing pre-race granola bars and snacks, to Mary Breen of Bread & Roses for pre-race cookies and cinnamon twists, to Bangor Savings Bank for whoopie pies, and to Purity Organic for a great variety of beverages. Walkers and runners got ready for the race to the tunes of our friends and media sponsor Coast 93.1 and warmed up with Jennifer Walker. The Town of Ogunquit, the Police and Fire Departments, Ogunquit Visitor Services, and Ogunquit Ocean Rescue were in full support, getting us safely back on the Main Street route again. Runners and walkers were able to stop for a popcorn treat en route, provided by The Leavitt Theatre. Our favorite running store, Fleet Feet, donated three pairs of running shoes to our first place finishers. A huge thank you to Mainestreet Ogunquit for hosting a lively after-race party and to Leanne Cusimano of Amore Breakfast for her amazing platters of food. Once again, we were lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful cake by Bread & Roses Bakery. Thanks to over 669 donations, 43 sponsors, in-kind sponsors, and the Red Ribbon Party we far surpassed our fundraising goal.
Thank you so much to Martha Lardent for capturing the day with her beautiful photography. Click here to see more photos of the event from Martha.
Your Generosity Matters
Your contributions and compassion directly impact the lives of hundreds of people in Maine living with HIV/AIDS. Because of your support, we are able to continue this important fight for equal access to life-saving care. We couldn’t do this work without you!