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MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATIONS 8TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAS BANNER YEAR

7/11/2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 kewr@glance.net Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATIONS 8TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAS BANNER YEAR Freeport, ME –July 11, 2011– Travelers came to Maine in record numbers this May to take advantage of greatly reduced room rates and support Habitat for Humanity according to Greg Dugal, Executive Director of the Maine Innkeepers Association. The eighth annual Hospitality for Habitat, a program designed by Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) to raise funds for Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity, took in $15,475., beating last year’s total by over $2,000, to help build homes for Maine families. 34 MEIA member properties, from B&B’s to resorts, located all over the state of Maine, participated in Hospitality for Habitat this year, offering visitors to the state a 50% discount on room rates in May in exchange for a donation check for $35 made out to Habitat for Humanity. “Each year we are grateful that this program continues to grow and we are able to support such a worthy cause,” stated Dugal. “We are delighted that visitors appreciate the opportunity to support Maine while on vacation and that we are able to attract tourists to the state with discounted rates during what has traditionally been a slow season.” The top fund raiser, Village by the Sea Hotel & Conference Center in Wells, raised over $5000. in contributions from their guests, followed by The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit with $2945. and Newcastle Inn in Newcastle with $1725. “The Village by the Sea staff loves being involved with this great fund raiser each year,” says Gail Phillips, General Manager/CFO at Village by the Sea Hotel and Conference Center located in Wells. “Our guests have embraced the notion of giving back to the community while they enjoy the beautiful state of Maine and we have been delighted to be part of Hospitality for Habitat for the last four years. We take pride in donating money to such a worthy cause and are pleased that the proceeds go directly to local Habitat chapters in the state of Maine. As always, we look forward to continuing to support Hospitality for Habitat in May 2012 and strive to raise more money each year!” Photo: Greg Dugal, Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) Executive Director, presents Stephen Bolton, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland a check for $15,475. from MEIA’s annual Hospitality for Habitat fund raiser. About Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. ###

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