The first annual Courageous Steps Fundraiser, held at Old Town High School's NEW Victory Field facility on Sunday, May 18, 2014, was a big success. I, Connor Archer, want to thank the nearly 200 people that came that day, and I also want to thank the many more individuals who made very generous donations for this great cause. I am already looking forward to next year, as I will start planning that fundraiser this summer and fall.
The Courageous Steps Walk/Run Fundraiser, to give back to programs that helped me during my early years (The Green House in Milford and Old Town Elementary Special Education Program), has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I have always loved to do projects and I have been doing projects my entire life, from designing gardens to landscaping and renovating things around my house, including an old work shed. I did not look at this project as work because creating, organizing and carrying out the event was not only fun, but tremendously rewarding. It made me proud to be able to go out into the community and speak with business owners about my project and ask for help to support the project. I was using the skills that I had been learning for years. For many individuals, working on such a project might have seemed daunting, but for me, each time I took a break from school work, I wanted to work on Courageous Steps because to by doing so I felt energized, excited and so happy. I recall one of my close friends saying how "happy and proud I was about this project" and that is so true because Courageous Steps is an extension of me and my drive, desire and determination to overcome obstacles and give back to a community that helped me to grow in so many ways! And, the really great thing, is that Courageous Steps has only just begun!
Thank you to the following sponsors for helping to make this fundraiser a reality. Your generous donations helped with the planning, organization and the event itself. The sponsors and companies who generously donated money include: Eastern Maine Counseling and Testing Services, Sargent Corporation, Dairy Queen in Old Town, Owen J. Folsom, Inc., Gaetani Eye Care Associates, Inc., Sweet Frog, Cyr Bus Line, Drinkwaters Auto Sale, The BoomHouse. We would also like to thank the following sponsors for donating giving gift cards and/or goods to the very successful raffle part of our fundraiser: Dairy Queen, Bells Orono IGA, Hannaford Supermarkets, Sam's Club, Specialty Sweets, Governors Restaurant, McDonalds, Subway, Spotlight Cinemas, Dominos Pizza, Target, Bangor Savings Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons, Pat's Pizza, Margaritas, The Roost, Old Town Archery, Woodman's Bar and Grill (Orono) and The Verve (Orono).
Donating to Courageous Steps
The final amount raised will soon be announced. It has been very exciting and encouraging to have so many generous donations for this excellent cause. Many children will benefit from the money raised during the Courageous Steps Fundraiser Walk/Run Event as well as the donations sent to Old Town High School! Donations will continue to be accepted for The Courageous Steps Project. Donations can be sent to: Old Town High School (c/o Courageous Steps) Old Town Maine 04468. Please make checks payable to: Old Town High School (Courageous Steps can be written in the memo). Thank you!
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