Giving Starts At Home Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

Five years ago, Rockland husband and wife restaurateur team James Hatch and Susan Schiro implemented a yearly fundraiser called “ Giving Starts At Home.” Their goal was to give back to the community where they have lived for the last 25 years. The Giving Starts At Home fundraiser is held the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Customers are enticed to make five dollar donations to benefit two nonprofits that are chosen by the restaurant.

“The amount of money raised is greatly dependent on the commitment of our wait staff because they have the most interaction with patrons,” explained Schiro. “We have an amazing staff and this year they put us over the top and helped raise $4,601 which is double last year’s total.”

Ocean swimmers raise more than $115,000 to help LifeFlight purchase equipment for Maine's tiniest patients

After months of training and pledge gathering, 80 open water swimmers, accompanied by their personal kayak escorts and 10 safety boats, braved the chilly Atlantic on August 29 to swim the 3.1-mile channel from Lincolnville to Islesboro in the 3rd annual Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight. These dedicated athletes raised more than $115,000, which will be used to purchase an infant isolette for LifeFlight’s soon-to-be-purchased third helicopter.

Kids at Barbara Bush Childrens Hospital Send Message to Helicopter

The LifeFlight crew saw something unusual when they landed on the rooftop helipad at Maine Medical Center in Portland -- a handwritten sign from the patients at Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

LifeFlight golf event helps the flight crew see through the darkness of Maine's rural landscape

Funds raised at this year’s golf scramble will help purchase night vision goggles for LifeFlight’s soon-to-be-purchased third helicopter, which the organization hopes to put into service by next summer. With nearly half of all LifeFlight’s missions taking place after dark, night vision goggles are imperative to ensure every flight is as safe and reliable as possible.

Islesboro Crossing to Help Maine's Tiniest Patients

Now in its third year, the Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight is scheduled to take place at 7am on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The event kicks off with an athlete and volunteer dinner on Friday evening, August 28, at the Summit at Point Lookout in Lincolnville.
This year’s event (join the conversation at #IX2015) is raising money to purchase an isolette, a special infant carrier designed to maintain a constant ambient temperature and monitor a sick newborn’s vital signs.

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