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Bass Harbor resident named national finalist in Modern Woodmen’s Gatherings with Purpose Giveaway

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BASS HARBOR – Vote to reward a Bass Harbor resident and group who gathered to give back and honor a father’s memory. A story submission by Michelle Carter, Bass Harbor, was named one of five national finalists in Modern Woodmen of America’s second annual Gatherings with Purpose Giveaway. The gathering with purpose entrant earning the most votes in the online contest at Gatherings.info will win the grand prize – $2,500 in cash, plus a $2,500 donation for the worthy cause described in his or her submitted story.

Stories were entered in the online contest between Oct. 4-25. The stories spotlighted families and friends who volunteered together to meet a community need, raise money for a local cause or add a volunteer activity to a social gathering.

Visitors can vote daily for Carter’s gathering with purpose online at Gatherings.info. If the gathering is chosen, Carter has chosen the Tremont Fire Department, Tremont/Southwest Secret Santa to receive the $2,500 donation. Voting ends Nov. 15.

Honoring a father’s legacy by celebrating Christmas in July
After Carter’s father passed away in 2008, family gatherings were never quite the same. The life of the party, her father was the one everyone could count on to tell jokes and keep everybody entertained. The Fourth of July family reunions, which consisted of camping, cookouts and fireworks, were especially hard.

In 2010, Carter’s family decided to celebrate her father’s life by adding purpose to their annual reunion. They did this by paying respects to one of her father’s favorite activities – dressing up as Santa for their local Secret Santa program.

They gave the reunion a “Christmas in July” theme and asked all family members who were attending to bring a toy to donate in her father’s memory to the Tremont/Southwest Harbor Secret Santa Program. The response was overwhelming.

“Because of our gathering, the Secret Santa program now has 72 extra gifts,” said Carter. ”And best of all, we had a wonderful day remembering a remarkable man.”

Modern Woodmen members gather with purpose through local chapters and youth service clubs nationwide. This giveaway is an opportunity to thank others who are also improving communities through volunteerism.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal benefit society offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Kim Woodward, 309-793-5660; or Michelle Carter, mmc67@roadrunner.com

Telephone Number: (309)793-5660

Website: http://www.gatherings.info

Email: kim.woodward@modern-woodmen.org