Two local shops, Saturday Cove in Northport and Lily, Lupine & Fern in Camden, are the most recent supporters of a unique fundraising project that benefits the Maine affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (breast cancer).

Both shops are now carrying Maine Made Wine Wraps, re-usable fabric gift bags for wine. The wraps come in a variety of fabrics with contrasting ribbon and carry tags indicating they are made in Maine and benefit the Komen Maine Race.

A few women in the Bangor area sew the wraps and sell them to wine and/or gift shops. All the money received from the stores goes directly to the Komen Maine Race — more than $4,300 since last October. The women hope to reach their goal of $5,000 by the time of the Sept. 18 race in Bangor. (Visit for details on races in Bangor and Portland.)

Janet Bertucci of Winterport and Ellen Russell of Bangor came up with the wine wrap idea as a way to raise money for the Komen Race. Both women participate in the race by walking on Team Cristy, started by and continued in memory of Cristy Sullivan Warstler. Cristy, a PhD psychologist in Bangor, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31 and fought the disease for five years.

After deciding to make a cheerful item to honor Cristy, Bertucci and Russell found a pattern for a wine gift bag and made up a few samples which they named “Maine made wine wraps.” The State Street Wine Cellar in Bangor was the first store to sell the wraps, but they are now available in more than 25 Maine towns including Belfast, Camden, Lincolnville, Rockport and Waldoboro.

Gary Anderson, owner of Lily, Lupine & Fern in Camden, said the wraps are $7 and all of the money goes towards the Komen Race. He also sells a red wine, Cline’s Cashmere, for $17, and a portion of those proceeds go toward breast cancer programs.

For more information: and on Facebook at Maine Made Wine Wraps.