Pop the Cork to Become Pop the Cause in 2014;Local Organizations to Receive $160,000
Cellardoor Winery’s Bettina Doulton and Megunticook Market’s Lani Stiles have posted on-line a letter detailing the changes planned for the 2014 edition of their annual fundraising gala.
Begun in 2008, Pop the Cork was conceived 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.
Explaining their desire to increase awareness of the core reason for the event—community giving—Doulton and Stiles write that in 2014 a charitable contribution of $160,000 will be divided among four organizations, and the party will be smaller than in recent years. To reflect these changes, they are re-naming the event Pop the Cause. The party will take place on June 26, 2014, and tickets will be available at brownpapertickets.com beginning on November 1, 2013.
Following is the entire content of the letter.
To our wonderful community: Back in 2008, when we hosted the first Pop the Cork, we couldn’t have imagined what an amazing success our annual springtime fundraising party would become. We are so grateful for your incredible enthusiasm over the past five years.
The festivities have grown tremendously, and it has been a thrilling ride. However, we are concerned that something has been lost along the way. The guiding purpose for the party is in danger of being overshadowed by the event itself.
We believe it is time to refocus on the spirit of community giving. Thus, at the heart of the 2014 event will be the contribution of $160,000 to four local nonprofits. Three will receive $20,000 each, while the fourth will receive $100,000.
Our community has many deserving organizations that would benefit from these funds, making the selection process extremely difficult. We’re excited to announce that two of the recipients will be United Mid-Coast Charities and the Knox County chapter of Meals on Wheels. The other two have not yet been chosen. Once the remaining two organizations have been named and more logistics ironed out, we will finalize the plan for choosing which of the four will receive the $100,000 donation.
In keeping with a stronger emphasis on the reason for the party, we are making a few changes to the event itself. After much thought and reflection, we will be scaling back to 400 guests, the size of the original event. There will of course be lots of great food and wine, as well as terrific entertainment, and it will be a night to remember. The Town of Rockport has graciously offered to host the event at the Harbor in 2014.
To underscore further what the event is all about, we are also modifying its name. Please join us for Pop the Cause 2014, on Thursday evening, June 26, 2014. Tickets ($125 per person) will be available beginning November 1st at brownpapertickets.com
We are very much looking forward to partnering with you as Pop the Cork becomes Pop the Cause. Many thanks. Your neighbors, Bettina Doulton and Lani Stiles