Elissa Montanti, founder and director at The Global Medical Relief Fund, and Dr. Scott Kozin embrace at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia during an appointment for the Tanzanian children to be refitted with prosthetic arms, Monday, June 7, 2021. Credit: Matt Rourke / AP

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Many thanks to folks all over eastern, central and northern Maine who have supported my Anah Shrine unit’s “Mega Meat Raffle” fundraisers over these last several years, this year’s event having been recently concluded. Special thanks to G&M Market in Holden and W.A. Bean & Sons in Bangor for generously donating this year’s prizes.

The proceeds from these fundraisers have enabled my Anah Academicians unit to increase our donations to the New England Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, the Sunshine Club which provides transportation for the patients and families to the hospitals, the Bangor Masonic Learning Center, the Anah Shrine building fund, and Anah’s fund for Shriners in need. We have also been able to purchase some very needed equipment for the operation of the unit.

Our local nonprofit organizations support very worthy causes and are a vital part of the fabric of our communities. These causes, larger than ourselves, give our lives added purpose and meaning as we work to help those in need or for causes that otherwise improve our quality of life. All those who contribute to them with effort, time, talent, and monetary contributions are to be highly commended and very appreciated.

Ron Bilancia