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On March 3, 2007, artist Melita Lewis of Your Caricature Company donated two hours of her time between the hours or 12am and 2am to contribute to an outstanding team of volunteer entertainers at the 2nd annual STRIVE Dance-A-Thon, a fundraiser for teens with developmental disabilities.

The STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon is the largest 14 hour dance off of its kind in Maine. The Dance Marathon (DM) is STRIVE's largest fundraiser. In 2006, the DM raised over $15,000 in its 3rd year, the amount nearly double, raising $28,868. All money raised goes to benefit STRIVE programs which serve 400 teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. Over 500 students begin raising money in the winter with their efforts culminating in March when they celebrate their hard work by dancing for 14 hours. In addition to the dancers, over 30 students/volunteers work all winter organizing events prior to and during the marathon and preparing for the 500+ dancers.

Dancers raise a minimum amount of money in pledges to participate. All money raised from the Dance Marathon goes directly towards STRIVE programs, which provide social, recreational, employment training, and educational programs to over 400 young adults in Maine with disabilities.

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Big Brothers Big Sister's Annual Auction and Dinner

Holiday Inn by the Bay
Friday, May 4, 2007

Local artist, Melita Lewis has donated one "Caricature from a Photo" Certificate for this year's Bids for Kids Auction on May 4th. She will also be drawing caricatures at the event for a suggested donation to help raise money for BBBS of Maine.

Bids for Kids is an annual fundraising event featuring a live & silent auction of hundreds items and services. To be held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland.

For more information write to: ... to donate auction items, and/or to reserve your table.



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