More than 150 people attended Veterans Count Maine’s S.O.S. (Salute our Soldiers) Breakfast in honor of Veterans Day on November 9th at 8AM at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant.
At the fundraising breakfast, Loren Goodridge Subway Development Agent of Maine and Franchisee, presented a giant check for $48,610, the culmination of a four-month campaign to support Maine’s military and their families on behalf of Veterans Count. July 1st through October, sandwich artists asked customers to donate a dollar when ordering their sandwiches.
“At Subway our franchisees are passionate about giving back to our communities, especially to those who sacrifice so much to keep all of us safe,” says Loren Goodridge, Subway Franchisee and Maine Development Agent. “Last year we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers in Maine for Easter Seals. We hope to expand that support for post 9/11 Vets this year.”
Following the breakfast, a public unveiling was held to commemorate the expansion of the Easter Seals Maine Veterans Count Heroes Wall, located on the Dimillo’s Boardwalk. A brief ceremony took place at the wall with a wreath laying courtesy of Wreaths Across America in honor of Veterans Day.
The Veterans Count Easter Seals Maine Heroes Wall is a permanent monument to honor our military heroes past and present. The public can purchase tiles with their hero's name AND IMAGE in honor or memory of a US military hero, and 50% of each purchase will benefit Easter Seals Maine's military and veteran services. Until recently, there was one section of wall available to honor military heroes- however with the donation by Associated Builders and Contractors an additional section now allows more heroes to take a place of honor.
A beautiful patriotic mural was painted on the wall by Angie Blevins from the American Veteran Arts and Crafts Gallery.
The veteran hero can be from anywhere in our great country, but all the funds raised stay in Maine to help Maine's military and veteran families. Packages can be upgraded to include an additional slate to keep at home or memorial site. This beautiful tribute is a permanent fixture with two locations: one in the Old Port on the Dimillo's Boardwalk and the second in Columbia Falls, Maine at Wreath Across America’s Balsam Tip Land.
The monument benefits Easter Seals Maine Military and Veterans Services program, which serves veterans and their families statewide often when no other resources are available. The organization provides emergency financial assistance, helps avert homelessness, and helps provide mental health services to the entire family. Free and confidential, services can also include navigating military benefits, connecting with community resources, employment assistance, and removing barriers to employment.
All tiles are beautifully laser-inscribed by Get Etched, located in South Portland and Paul G. White donates the installation of the tiles. The installation of the second wall in the Old Port was donated by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine.
About Veterans Count Maine
Veterans Count Maine is the fundraising chapter in support of Easter Seals Maine's Military and Veterans Programs, which provides emergency financial assistance, information, counseling and referral to post 9/11 veterans and their families as they make the sometimes challenging transition from military service to civilian life. Services include help finding employment, housing, affordable vehicle / house maintenance services, and even food, rent, fuel, and heating oil in particularly dire situations. The program is all philanthropic relies on grants, corporate sponsorship and private donor support. All funds raised stay here in Maine. www.vetscount.org/maine
About Easter Seals Maine
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more information about Easter Seals ME, please visit http://www.eastersealsme.org/.