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MEIA Hospitality for Habitat Fundraiser Posts Record Year


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Maine Innkeepers Association 9th Annual Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Has Record Year Freeport, ME – June 28, 2012 – The 9th annual Hospitality for Habitat fundraiser sponsored by the Maine Innkeepers Association for Habitat for Humanity was the most successful to date, announced Greg Dugal, MEIA Executive Director. Dugal presented Nicole Bosarge of Greater Portland Habitat for Humanity with a $17,000 check, representing the proceeds from this year’s fundraiser to be divided among the Maine chapters of the organization, to help build homes for deserving Maine families. Hospitality for Habitat is a spring program which allows guests to stay at participating Maine Innkeepers’ properties for 50% off the regular room rate in exchange for a $35 dollar donation check written out to Habitat for Humanity. The Maine Innkeepers Association has collected close to $100,000 in donation checks over the program’s nine year history, to help build homes all over the state. “I am delighted that once again Innkeepers and their guests have been so generous in their support for this fundraising program,” stated Dugal. “I have great hopes that next year, in our tenth anniversary for Hospitality for Habitat, we will hit the $20,000 mark in donations for this great cause.” Gail Philips, General Manager of Village by the Sea in Wells and her staff raised over $4,000, followed by the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit at $2,475 and the Newcastle Inn with $1,245 and the Camden Riverhouse with $1220. “Every donation is important,” stated Dugal. “Of note this year, first time participant, Dunes on the Waterfront in Ogunquit raised $1075, while The Flagship Inn in Boothbay Harbor built and sold birdhouses and the Hawthorn Inn in Camden had a raffle, adding a little creativity to the program.” 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 About Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter, they helped build and had bought with the assistance of no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information can be found online at ###

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