After a recent successful concert, Mimi Bornstein, director of Midcoast Community Chorus, presented a check for $10,000 to John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust — this year’s concert beneficiary.

“This remarkable chorus is so impressive on multiple levels,” said Piotti, in a press release. “The music is great. The level of energy is amazing. And the sense of community is palpable. Midcoast Maine is so much richer because of what they do.”

To thank Bornstein and MCC for its generous donation, Piotti presented her with a gift from Maine Farmland Trust Gallery: a large framed print of “Vienna Mountain,” a pastel painting by Kathleen Perelka.

The Maine artist, who is also a member of the Trust, a regular exhibitor at MFT Gallery, and a farmland owner, is an avid supporter of farmland preservation. With her pastel paintings of rural Maine, according to the press release, she strives to preserve the memory of places which are still untouched by development.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1999, working to permanently preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural lands, and to keep Maine’s farms farming. For more information, visit

Midcoast Community Chorus is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Bornstein, who continues to serve as its artistic director. With a mission to sing as a community for the community, MCC is a multi-generational, non-auditioned chorus averaging 140 singers, offering a supportive environment for anyone who wants to sing. To learn more, visit