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“Bids for Kids” Wreath Auction Dates Set

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BANGOR, Maine — More than 500 live evergreen wreaths decorated by local businesses and organizations in Knox, Lincoln Penobscot and Waldo Counties will be available for viewing and bidding starting on Nov. 23, at Camden National Bank branch offices in the four counties and at Bath Savings Institution in Damariscotta in the Midcoast. For the first time ever, wreaths will also be on display at stores in and around the Bangor Mall.

The wreaths are provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine and will be delivered to participating businesses and organizations by volunteers on Friday, Nov. 18. Participants will then have several days to decorate the wreaths with holiday gift items and décor, gift cards and gift certificates, before they are picked up by volunteers and taken to their display sites for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine’s “Bids for Kids” Wreath Auction. The fundraising auction supports the non-profit organization’s youth mentoring program in the four counties.

Holiday shoppers can leave silent auction bids at these locations up until 4 pm on Dec. 1, and winners will be notified by phone after the silent auctions close. “We’re excited to have wreaths in all Camden National Bank branches and at the Bangor Mall this year,” says event coordinator Cathy Hardy. “We hope people will visit as many sites as possible and bid on their favorite wreaths. She notes that in addition to supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, the auctions provide a convenient shopping opportunity. “You can find a wreath for everyone on your holiday list, no matter what their interests are,” she says. “We’re particularly excited to be expanding the Wreath Auction into Penobscot County this year and to support the matches we are creating there.”

All wreaths that are valued at $100 or more will be featured at three Live Auctions that will take place in Rockport, Bangor and Damariscotta on the following dates:

Wed., Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mid-Coast Recreation Center on Rte. 90 in Rockport;

Thur., Dec. 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bangor Mall in the JCPenney Court area; and

Fri., Dec. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Damariscotta River Grill.

Approximately 30-60 wreaths will be auctioned at each location and the public is invited to attend these events. For those who can’t attend the Live Auctions, descriptions of the Live Auction wreaths will be available online starting Nov. 28, at www.bbbsmcm.org, and shoppers can leave online bids for their favorite wreaths. The “Bids for Kids” Wreath Auction is sponsored by Camden National Bank. For more information, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine at 593-0380.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Cathy Hardy

Telephone Number: (207)593-0380

Website: http://www.bbbsmcm.org

Email: cathy@bbbsmcm.org