Beneficiaries set for Pop the Cause
Rockport — The four local nonprofits that will benefit from next summer’s Pop the Cause party are United Mid-Coast Charities, Knox County Meals on Wheels, Coastal Opportunities and Hospitality House. Previously called Pop the Cork, the annual gala was begun in 2008 as a festive way to support local nonprofits. Past beneficiaries are the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Bay Chamber Concerts, United Mid-Coast Charities, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and the Penobscot Bay YMCA.
Pop the Cause will take place June 26 in a large tent on Rockport Harbor and will feature The Pointer Sisters, along with a variety of other musical entertainment. All 400 tickets were snapped up on Nov. 1, the first day they were offered.
The beneficiary selection process was extremely difficult as there are so many deserving organizations in the area, said Cellardoor Winery’s Bettina Doulton, who presents the very popular annual fundraiser party in partnership with Lani Stiles of Megunticook Market.
“We were drawn to these four organizations because they work directly in our towns to improve the lives of our neighbors,” said Stiles. “We’re excited that Pop the Cause will provide a way for everyone who attends to give directly back to this community.”
United Mid-Coast Charities donates 100 percent of the funds it raises to about 50 nonprofit agencies that benefit Knox and Waldo county residents in need. Founded in 1942, it focuses on charities that provide medical or educational services, community service organizations, and those that work with children and youth.
Knox County Meals on Wheels currently delivers more than 100 hot meals five days a week to older adults and disabled individuals. It also provides community lunch sites for seniors in Rockland and Camden.
Coastal Opportunities, formerly known as The Coastal Workshop, operates day and residential programs at 11 local facilities for more than 100 developmentally disabled adults, providing an environment in which they can feel challenged, be successful and improve their self-esteem.
Hospitality House, the area's only homeless shelter, closed unexpectedly last November. Its parent organization, the Knox County Homeless Coalition, is making major efforts to re-open its doors, offer 24-hour access, and help people find stable housing. Additional services, provided through collaborating partners, may include education or training, food security and medical and mental health resources.
For more information on Pop the Cause, visit mainewine.com or call 763-4478.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.