KMA - Pay It ForwardSpring has finally arrived, and here at KMA we are busy getting out into our communities to support the many wonderful local charitable events occurring across our area. Newly re-energized by the extra daylight hours and good weather, we can all take the Pay It Forward challenge and spread goodness in our communities, whether in the smallest gesture during the course of your day, or by involvement in your favorite non-profit.

Please let us share some upcoming events near and dear to our hearts at KMA:

  • KMA HR Consultant Jane Bopp has been volunteering for the Maine Women’s Fund annual Leadership Luncheon which is on Wednesday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This event is the major fundraiser for the Maine Woman’s Fund organization attracting close to 700 attendees! Held annually each spring, this preeminent event brings together women and men of Maine to network, celebrate women’s leadership and invest in the programs supported by grants from the Maine Women’s Fund in the current year. Hear inspiring stories from the honorees, grantees and from Fund staff and volunteers. The Maine Women’s Fund is a public foundation that transforms the lives of Maine women and girls through strategic grantmaking, community engagement and support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change.
  • Great Strides benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis FoundationSaturday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m., Payson Park, Portland. This annual event is the CF Foundation’s largest, most successful, and most important national fundraising event. The CF Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of the Foundation’s support. Visit the Great Strides’ Portland 2016 page for more information, to participate, to volunteer, or to donate.
  • KMA HR Consultant Lynne Gawtry is excited to participate in Trek Across Maine benefitting the American Lung Association for the fifth year in a row June 17-19. The Trek Across Maine is a 3-day, 180 mile cycling event from the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast. As the largest fundraising event of its kind in the nation for the American Lung Association, the Trek has raised more than $22 million in the past 30 years. For Lynne it is a fun way to transition into summer and support a great cause, and she notes “we ride in all types of weather with bikes and bodies of all ages and abilities.” Lynne joins more than 2,000 cyclists and 750 volunteers on this one of a kind journey on Father’s Day Weekend.
  • Girls on the Run Maine will put on their largest event of the year on Sunday, June 5 with their Celebratory 5K at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. 5K start time is 9:45 a.m. and pre-run fun will take place from 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. KMA HR Consultant and Girls on the Run Board Member Tara Marquis is looking forward to this great event, and mentions that volunteers are still needed! To volunteer, register as a participant or a running buddy, or to donate, visit the 2016 Celebratory 5K page.
  • KMA HR Consultant Lisa Beeler is looking forward to participating in the Twilight 5K on Thursday, June 9 hosted on the beautiful Southern Maine Community College campus in South Portland. The event supports the work of Maine Cancer Foundation, providing grants for cancer prevention, screening and patient service programs across Maine.
  • On Saturday, June 18 you can stop by the First Annual Portland High School Athletic Booster Golf Tournament where KMA Office Manager, Mary Mickiewicz will be joining in the fun. The event will be held at the Riverside Golf Course in Portland at 1:00 p.m. (registration at 12:00 p.m.) and will bring together friends, family and fans of Portland High School sports programs for a day of golf, food and fun! To reserve your spot or team please contact portlandconsolidatedboosters@gmail.com.
  • Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for a Cure will take place on Sunday, July 17. KMA HR Consultant Lisa Beeler will be participating for her second year, and will be planning a fundraising night at Moe’s BBQ as well (keep your ears open for more details.) For the fifth year, KMA HR Consultant Lynne Gawtry will be involved. Her second year as an individual participant, Lynne started her involvement after completing treatment for colorectal cancer in 2012. Her personal motto is “I’m not going to win the thing, I’m just going to do it,” and she finds this great event to be the perfect way to celebrate her 5th year of being cancer free and to support Maine in reducing and eliminating cancer for all. Each year, over a thousand women gather in South Portland to swim, bike, and run as they Tri for a Cure in Maine’s only all-women’s triathlon. Founded in 2008, the Tri for a Cure has become the largest triathlon in the state of Maine, providing a gorgeous racecourse along the shores of Cape Elizabeth and South Portland. Visit the Tri for a Cure page to get involved in the 2016 event.