We owe a special thank you to all our generous supporters, sponsors, volunteers, walkers, runners, artists, businesses, town officials and Frannie staff members that came together to make this the most incredible AIDS Walk Weekend in Frannie history!
Because of your commitment, we raised over $165,000 for HIV/AIDS services.
(Did we mention that’s over $65,000 more than last year?!)
Every effort and donation – from the #5dollarFridays to the big challenge matching gifts, and key lead-up events like Team EQME‘s fundraiser at Fore River Brewing & Ogunquit’s Got Talent – 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 10th annual Red Ribbon Party included over 160 attendees, 32 live auction items, 12 silent auction items, one very lively bidding war, and – of course – Candy Manuel, who wore a hat featuring one red ribbon for every friend she has lost to AIDS – 18 in total. And Speaking of Candy, her energy has kept this event growing year after year, and we were so happy to celebrate her 10th year and the impact her efforts have had on our work.
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.
We also took a moment to remember a dear friend of the community, Wayne Fette, who would have turned 58 that day. In his honor, our board member, Tim Stein decided to match the live auction proceeds at over $30,000, bringing this year’s Red Ribbon Party total to an incredible $74,500.
Thanks to Jimmy and our B3 Headquarters, we had an early start to the day with plenty of time to be shocked by the previous night’s results, and begin to get things set up down at the beach. No freezing rain this year – just sunny skies meant that we would have more than 50 people join the more than 230 pre-registered individuals, and Kites Over New England took full advantage of the windy morning. Bread & Roses got us started with coffee and snacks, not to mention – a beautiful cake that was waiting for us at Mainestreet for the after party. The Town of Ogunquit, the Police and Fire Departments were there in full support, getting us safely back on the Main Street route again. This year’s walk had several new teams, including Wayne’s World (in honor of Wayne Fette), Greater Portland Health, our very own Team Handsome (FPC’s prevention staff) and Team EQME, in addition to several returning groups, like Team Jimmy, Team Jeffrey, MPQ, and more. Thanks to over 850 donations since February 1st, the Red Ribbon Party, and 36 cash and in-kind sponsors, we smashed all previous goals. Mainestreet Ogunquit generously provided space for us to celebrate afterwards, and DJ Jodi kept us dancing.
Your Generosity Matters
At a time when funding cuts loom, and communities across the country experience limited access to critical care, your contributions and compassion directly impact the lives of hundreds of people in Maine living with HIV/AIDS. Because of your support, we’re able to continue this important fight for equal access to life-saving care. As do most non-profits, we operate with scarce resources. You have changed our “what if” conversations to real opportunities that will continue to strengthen our services.