Maine Marathon’s Record-Breaking Event Boosts Charitable Giving
Two Maine non-profits are on the receiving end of additional unexpected revenue generated by the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon held in the Fall. The October 6th event shattered records, raising more than $120,000 for over 40 Maine charities.
“Event revenue came in higher than projections to the tune of $7,000! That allowed us to contribute to two more charities on our target list, which is amazing. These donations are critically important, to these two organizations, because it represents 15% of their revenue,” said Bob Dunfey, volunteer race director.
A Running Passion, committed to providing financial assistance for student athletes interested in long and short distance running, and who don’t have the means to buy proper equipment, will receive $4500. Outdoors Again, dedicated to providing opportunities for paralyzed/handicapped individuals to go camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, to music concerts and sporting events, will receive $2500.
“We are so pleased to be able to support so many wonderful organizations through our Marathon. A Running Passion and Outdoors Again are two more deserving organizations that symbolize what is good in our state,” said Steve deCastro, president and CEO of Gorham Savings Bank. “Our Marathon’s commitment to raising funds for local charities is why our bank is so honored to annually support this event.”
Since its inception in 1997, the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay and its participants have raised more than $5.2 million for local charities. The October 2019 Marathon raised $14,000 more for local charities than the previous year. The total economic impact on the local economy from the marathon weekend is over $1.2 million.
The Marathon’s 2019 beneficiaries were Eastern Trail Alliance, Girls on the Run, Portland Community Squash, Rippleffect and WinterKids. You can read more about the 2019 beneficiaries or see a complete list of past charity beneficiaries.
Maine-based nonprofits interested in being considered as a beneficiary for 2020 can apply online now through December 16 at mainemarathon.com/get-involved/beneficiary-application/.