ROME, Maine — Friends, family and staff of Pine Tree Camp and Pine Tree Society gathered Aug. 10 at the camp to celebrate the grand opening of the Harold and Bibby Alfond Dining Hall.
The ceremony kicked off with a performance of â€śSomewhere over the Rainbowâ€ť by the Pine Tree Camp chorus and band.
Anne Marsh, Executive Director of Pine Tree Society, lead the ceremony which included special guests Emily Fuller Hawkins, President of Pine Tree Societyâ€™s Board of Directors; Greg Powell, Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation and Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
The $1.6 million dollar state-of-the-art building was made possible in part thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation.
â€śHarold and Bibby Alfond were long-time supporters of Pine Tree Camp â€“ a place where dreams come true. â€śWe are delighted this new dining hall will help further the traditions of Pine Tree Camp and the dreams of its campers,â€ť said Powell.
Campers assisted in the official ribbon cutting, commencing a new chapter in Pine Tree Campâ€™s 66-year history.
Pine Tree Camp, a program of Pine Tree Society, is Maineâ€™s only American Camp Association-accredited summer camp exclusively serving people with disabilities.
Driving down the camp road, campers enter a barrier-free world designed so that each camper can fully participate in all the activities for which Maine is famous â€“ fishing, kayaking, hiking on accessible nature trails and swimming â€“ experiencing freedom and independence and families benefit from a six-day respite from the demands of caring for a loved one with a disability.
Pine Tree Camp has never turned away a camper due to inability to pay tuition. This open door policy has been firmly in place since Pine Tree Camp opened in 1945.
For more information about Pine Tree Camp, visit www.pinetreesociety.org.
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