FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON AT CLAY HILL FARM RAISES CLOSE TO $20K FOR THE HOPE LODGE IN BOSTON
Community. Hope. Support. Gratitude. Over 150 people came out last Sunday to help support those fighting cancer at the fundraising luncheon for the Hope Lodge in Boston hosted by Gordon Lewis and his family at Clay Hill Farm. Lewis first heard of the Hope Lodge of Boston from his doctor when diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer requiring daily treatments last fall. The Hope Lodge is the Cancer Society’s residential ‘Home away from Home’ for patients in active treatment and their caregivers residing 40+ miles from Boston hospitals, offering free lodging and transportation to its residents. The Hope Lodge makes it possible for patients to stay with their caregivers while receiving life-saving cancer treatments at some of the finest hospitals in the world. The camaraderie and care Lewis experienced at the Hope Lodge in Boston changed his life in ways that far surpassed the cancer. Last Sunday’s fundraising luncheon for the Hope Lodge was a way for Lewis and his family to give back to the program that helped save his life, and to raise awareness in the community of the existence of true Hope for cancer patients and their families.
With the incredible generosity of local businesses donating raffle and auction items, the overwhelming support of those attending the luncheon, and the fabulous volunteers, the event raised close to $20,000 for the Hope Lodge in Boston! Ongoing raffles in 3 local businesses- including Clay Hill Farm, will add to that total throughout the summer. Hundreds of cancer patients and their families will have access to life-saving treatments thanks to the generosity of the Ogunquit/York community. Special Thanks to: Tom Carey, Garthwaite Oil, Bruce & Sheila Wilson, Sally Struthers, Jack Duford, Bintliff’s Restaurant, Brian Lewer, La Orilla Restaurant, David Sullivan, Cliff House Maine, Kelly White, Diane Barrington, Coastal Landscaping, Sea Bell Gallery, Ogt Wine Cellar, Revelations Gift Shop, Amore Breakfast, Front Porch Restaurant, Hannaford, Anthony’s, Greenleaves, Love Shack, Café Prego, That Place in Ogt, TaleSpinStudio, Brix & Brine, Katherine Mayfield, Jerry Bazata, Scott Johnson, Ellis & Paula Lane, Kay Hamlin, Bill & Lynn Cone, Matt Blom, Janet Spillane and Renée Lass.
A Personal Note –
A local man with a recent cancer diagnosis similar to my Dad’s reached out to him during Sunday’s event. Worried about his future and his family, the man came to the luncheon to learn more about his options- he came in search of Hope. Dad was able to share his personal experience and introduce him right away to the manager of the Hope Lodge in Boston, where this man and his family may stay this fall- making it possible for him to receive some of the best cancer care in the world! When setting up the fundraiser for the Hope Lodge these past couple months people often asked us what the goal was. Most likely they were expecting a monetary answer, and we really couldn’t say. Now we can. While we are thrilled the event raised close to $20,000, and will be forever grateful to our family, our friends and the community for their support- it is the man from Wells and his family that truly represents our goal. Sharing the priceless gift of Hope. That was our goal. They say if you help one person in life your time was worthwhile. They also say it takes a village. Last Sunday our Dad helped one. Last Sunday our village helped hundreds. What an amazing day. We are so grateful to the Hope Lodge and everyone there that dedicates their lives to helping others.
Thank you all so much.