LifeFlight of Maine is hosting its 15th Anniversary Chef’s Gala at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on Saturday, Oct. 12 to celebrate the more than 15,000 patients the nonprofit organization has transported.

Money raised from this fundraising event will help LifeFlight purchase new aircraft to care for the growing number of patients that need critical care transport.

“LifeFlight started as a promise 15 years ago — to be safe, to be world class, and to be there for people whenever and wherever they need us,” said Thomas Judge, LifeFlight’s executive director in a news release. “On Sept. 28 we marked the day the first patient was transported from the woods above Deblois. Over the years, we’ve been honored to care for the state’s most critical patients and give them a second chance in life. This gala event is to celebrate all of those whose lives we’ve touched.”

LifeFlight announces a partnership with local chefs to provide a feast of tapas. These culinary artists include Josh Hixson from 3 Crow and 40 Paper, Kerry Altiero from Café Miranda, Melody Wolfertz from In Good Company, Max Miller from The Landings, and Scott Yakovenko from The Slipway. There will also be desserts served by Sweet Sensations, Beth’s Buns, and Laugh Loud Smile Big. Entertainment will be provided by the Tony Boffa Band.

The semi-formal gala will feature some of LifeFlight’s most inspiring stories of patient recovery. A young mother is in a serious car accident, breaking multiple bones and losing blood at an alarming rate; a brand new baby boy becomes dangerously dehydrated, needing rapid help from the specialists in Portland; a woman survives a plane crash into the frigid ocean off Matinicus Island, but is in danger of bleeding to death; a middle schooler suffers a severe head injury after crashing into a tree while skiing; a woman survives massive internal trauma after her snowmobile runs off the trail and lands on top of her.

Maine artist Eric Hopkins has donated a painting from his personal collection to be auctioned off as part of the fundraiser. The auction will take place online from Oct. 2 through Oct. 12, with the winning bid announced at the end of the gala program. Hopkins chose to donate the painting in memory of his late son, Evan Hopkins, and in honor of North Haven EMS and Fire.

For more information on Eric Hopkins’ personal artwork collection, see lifeflightmaine.org/lifeflight-community/events/eric-hopkins-art-auction.

Tickets can be purchased on LifeFlight’s website lifeflightmaine.org or by phone at 230-7092. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Brandy Dupper-Macy, Outreach and Training assistant, at bduppermacy@lifeflightmaine.org.

For more information about the gala, contact Melissa Arndt, The LifeFlight Foundation Marketing and Educational Outreach manager, at  230-7092 or marndt@lifeflightmaine.org.