COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS GET TIMELY BOOST $40,000 divided among several deserving charities | Events

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS GET TIMELY BOOST $40,000 divided among several deserving charities
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At a “Hats off to you” luncheon ceremony yesterday at Maurice’s Restaurant, the owners of Black Bear Entertainment, LLC, presented certificates and checks in varying amounts to organizations and groups working to help Oxford County citizens with food, support services, heating oil and holiday toys for children who might otherwise miss a visit from Santa Claus.

Receiving donations were the Toys for Oxford County foundation, Oxford Hills Food Pantry, Oxford Hills Christmas for Teens, the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, the Moss Brook Outreach ‘No String Attached program, the Progress Center, and the Dancing Trees Winter Boots for Kids. The Town of Oxford Thanksgiving Fund and the Keep Oxford Warm Fund also received contributions. Bob Bahre, a partner in Black Bear Entertainment, said the awards are a way thank the people who have made the many Maine businesses he founded such a success.

“I’m especially happy to have some of this money go to the Toys for Oxford County program,” Bahre said. “It’s nice to know a lot of children in our community will have a little something at Christmas.”

Black Bear partners Suzanne Grover and Jim Boldebook agreed that the contributions should be a great help to the many organizations who help feed area citizens in need.

“People are really hurting,” Grover said. “The need is so great in our community right now, but these are fantastic organizations. I know every single dollar will be well spent; these organizations improve the lives of our neighbors and those most in need.”

In all, the total donated was $40,000. One fourth of that amount was donated by Creative Design & Marketing (CD&M), Black Bear’s advertising agency. CD&M president Bob Cott said he was thrilled to help with the award contribution and presentations.

“Working with Black Bear, we got to know the people of this community and recognize how badly they’ve been affected by the loss of jobs in this area,” Cott said. “Hopefully the ceremony brightened the day just a little bit, and gave everyone a little hope that better times are just around the corner.”

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