Dining for A Cause

 Photo: TOP RIGHT: This amazing crew from the Chowder House donated their time on Saturday to help the Wayfarers Ladies with their Benefit Dinner for Sarah's House of Maine. While the Chowder House doesn't officially open for the Season until May 19 this crew was willing to put in the time early to help this great cause. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon).

By Kaileigh Deacon

 Even though the Chowder House in Eastport hasn’t officially opened for the season, last Saturday evening the place was packed with hungry people. Saturday was the first Benefit Dinner and Chinese Auction for Sarah’s House. Hosted by the Wayfarer Ladies, they offered a baked chicken dinner and Chinese Auction to help raise money to go to Sarah’s House of Maine in Brewer. 

The event was created not just as a fundraiser but a way to show support and raise awareness for the work Sarah’s House does. Sarah’s House of Maine provides patients receiving treatment at Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer, a place to stay when they travel. Last Spring the ladies did a raffle of three baskets which in turn raised enough money to purchase 106 gas cards to be donated to Sarah’s House. 

The owner’s of the Chowder House opened their doors prior to their season opening to host the dinner. Not only did the Chowder House provide the space but their staff volunteered to come in and do the cooking for the baked chicken dinner as well. The Ladies of the Wayfarers and Wayfarers themselves worked serving and busing tables as well as selling tickets for the dinner and Chinese Auction at the door. 

“We’d like to really thank Bob and his staff,” Richard Ramsey of the Wayfarers said. “They always go above and beyond.” 

Though pre-sale of tickets was a bit slow the day of the event people showed up in droves and came early. The auction scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. had people showing up as early as 1:00 p.m. and the dinner started seating people at 3:30 p.m. Right off the bat the Chowder House was full and would be over the course of the event serving over 120 meals in two hours. The meal was so successful and busy that they had to run to the store to purchase more food. 

 The Chinese Auction hosted well over sixty items all of which were donated by businesses and individuals. Nearly all of the food was donated as well with people showing up to the event and bringing a dessert with them. 

The event in its first years received a tremendous amount of support and raised $4,077 all to be donated to Sarah’s House to help families right here in Maine. The Wayfarers will be holding their 3rd Annual Sarah’s Ride on July 15. For more information about the ride you can check out the event on Facebook. 

 

BOTTOM RIGHT: The Benefit Dinner held by the Wayfarers Ladies on Saturday at the Chowder House. The event helped raise over $4000 for Sarah's House of Maine. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon).