2018-08-03 / Letters

Many contributors to success of historical society’s gala

To the editor,

On Friday night June 29, the Arundel Historical Society hosted Cars and Cocktails, a gala event held at Bentley Warren’s Antique Auto Museum in Arundel. It was a wonderful success, and except for a brief downpour with a beautiful rainbow afterward, an evening enjoyed by all.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of the individuals, businesses and organizations that contributed to the event’s success.

First, thanks to Linda Zuke of Weirs Buick GMC for acting as event coordinator who pulled it altogether and to Bentley Warren for hosting the event at his Antique Auto Museum.

The event sponsors were: Arundel Ford, Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, Weirs Buick GMC, Champion Auto Body, Kennebunk Savings Bank, P&C Insurance, Shields Provisions, Superior Pest Services, Thomas and Lord and Zuke Roofing.

The delicious food was prepared by German Lucarelli of The Ports of Italy and The Lost Fire. The raw bar was provided by Stephanie Nadeau and Mike Marceau of The Lobster Company. Hiram Benedict entertained us as Elvis and Jo O’Connor once again did a great job as our auctioneer.

We were also assisted by Cyndi Smith, Michelle Allen, Jen Burrows and Nick Wright of Sharper Events and Party Rental, Rich Taranto of Details Event Staging, Jack Fleming of SOL Events, Michael LaRiviere of Illumination Events and Kevin Byron, who documented the event with his photographs.

The silent and live auction items were numerous and varied, everything from vacations, to artwork, baskets with wine and cheese, to gift certificates and event tickets.

Our thanks go to all of the local businesses, artists and individuals who made these donations of talent and treasure. We also want to thank those of you who made cash donations during the gala. All of the proceeds of this event go to our continuing work at the North Chapel Common project.

We cannot overlook all of the AHS members who volunteered their time and efforts to preparing for this event and those who spent their evening making sure everything went smoothly.

As one can see from the above, events such as this would not be possible without the input of the local community. Be it donations, sponsorships, in-kind gifts and volunteer workers it takes a community to support an effort like this. We are asking that when you consider purchases to look to your local businesses and support them when you can as they are the economic fabric of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. We cannot thank them enough.

Board of Directors
Arundel Historical Society

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