21st Annual Cans for a Cure and How You Can Be Involved
Wow does time fly!
Cans for a Cure 2023 is ON! I cannot believe we are raising money for the 21st year in a row. There are people who will donate this year who first donated as middle schoolers and now have kids of their own. That blows my mind.
We will be set up at the Jordan's Furniture Broadcast Center at the Maine Mall! It's our usual corner with a tent, thanks to our forever friends at One Stop Event Rentals. This is our 21st year of raising money to fight breast cancer here in Maine. All the money raised will go to the Maine Cancer Foundation. They are dedicated to reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates in Maine. 100% of the funds raised are invested back into the communities to benefit the people of Maine. It's a huge undertaking that, well, has taken on a life of its own over the years.
Wait. Cans for a Cure is still happening even though you guys are on 94.9 HOM?
Hell yes! In fact, we will use the power of both 94.9 HOM and Q97.9 to help raise money! We held Cans for a Cure on Q97.9 for 20 years, it's hard not to want the Q still part of this amazing event.
Will Bryce and Riley still be involved?
Yes! The boys, Bryce and Riley, have been collecting bottles and cans all year long. It is by far THE most exciting part of Cans, when we get the total that these two young men have been able to accomplish with the help of their community. The giant semi has been a staple in East Baldwin for years. Bryce and Riley started helping when they were three and one. They are now 17 and 15 years old! Their passion has only grown more and more to help those fighting this terrible disease. Helping is contagious, and so many people have donated thanks to Bryce and Riley's enthusiasm. Last year, they donated over $15,000 in cans and cash! That's amazing!
How can YOU help? Well, there are many, many ways:
- Come on down to the Maine Mall with your bottles and cans starting 6 am Wednesday, October 18th - Friday, October 20th (10 am). We are right under the giant Jordan's Furniture sign on the corner near Hannaford, Dunkin, and across the street from Panera Bread in South Portland.
- You can DONATE right now! Why wait? Why even bother with those pesky bottles and cans? The Maine Cancer Foundation has made it super easy for ya!
- Get on the Can Van Route! Toooot tooot! Bill Dodge Autogroup has once again given us the big ol' Can Van and I'll be tooling around all of Maine! Got some bottles and cans but just can't make it to the Mall? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get your motorcycle tuned up for the 5th annual Bikers for Boobies coming up Saturday, October 7!
- Shift funds from your CLYNK account! Why touch bottles and cans twice? If you've got some funds in your Clynk account, you have a couple of options on how you can help that way!
Mostly, we just want to thank everyone for what they do to help their fellow Mainer. Mainers have big hearts. They may not have big paychecks, but they always find a way to help. Thank you.
Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors who make this such a fun and successful fundraiser!
- One Stop Event Rentals – We'd be in the rain without them.
- Bill Dodge Autogroup– The Can Van! Couldn't do it without their support.
- Camping Word – We have a place to call home while raising money!!
- New England Cancer Specialist – They sponsor us every year, and for that we are grateful.
- Oxford Casino Hotel and Event Center – They are not just a financial help; they also help us with ideas to make this event as big as it has become.
- Clynk – There's no Cans for a Cure without turning them into nickels!
- Maine Mall – It sure would be hard to do this without their generosity. Actually, it would be impossible to do this.
- Dunkin – They give us fun $5 cards to hand out.
- Pine Tree Waste (formerly Blow Brothers) – This goes without saying how vital these services are. Thank you so much!
- AAA Northern New England – Back again as a sponsor! Their support is incredibly important, and so is their help when we can't start our car in a couple of months.
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, start collecting those bottles and cans!
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