Pop to trade Cork for Cause
Rockport — Cellardoor Winery’s Bettina Doulton and Megunticook Market’s Lani Stiles have detailed 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, Habitat for Humanity of Rockland and the Penobscot Bay YMCA.
Doulton and Stiles expressed a desire to increase awareness of the core reason for the event — community giving. 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; tickets ($125 per person) will be available at brownpapertickets.com beginning Nov. 1.
Three of next year’s beneficiaries will receive $20,000 each, while the fourth will receive $100,000.Two of the recipients will be United Mid-Coast Charities and the Knox County chapter of Meals on Wheels, while the other two have not yet been chosen. Once the remaining two organizations have been named and more logistics ironed out, the plan for choosing which of the four will receive the $100,000 donation will be finalized.
“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,” Doulton and Stiles wrote in a letter outlining their event’s evolution.
In keeping with a stronger emphasis on the reason for the party, they are making a few changes to the event itself. After much thought and reflection, they will be scaling back to 400 guests, the size of the original event. There will still be wonderful food and wine, as well as terrific entertainment, and it will be a night to remember. The Town of Rockport has offered to host the 2014 event at the harbor.
“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 … We are very much looking forward to partnering with you as Pop the Cork becomes Pop the Cause. Many thanks,” they said.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.