Friday, January 15, 2016

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals celebrates selection as "Hannaford Helps" reusable bag program beneficiary

WINDHAM -  Bright skies and warm temperatures combined with gorgeous horses and friendly folks added up to the most successful Christmas Open House for the Horses in the 143 year history of the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals. With the support of Bangor Savings Bank and many other generous sponsors, on Sunday, December 6th nearly 4,000 visitors thronged the big barn to meet rehabilitated horses, enjoy holiday treats, experience great shopping opportunities, and bring good cheer. A long, happy line quickly formed to enjoy a ride about the neighborhood in the big wagons pulled by Doc, Chief, Taz, and Dillon of the J. L. Gray Drafts.

The annual open house is the Society’s largest on-site fundraising event and 2015 was a record-breaking day by every measure. It raised $30,000 in donations and sponsorships! From the thousands of guests to the many generous individuals and businesses who supported the event and all its activities – face painting, ornament and jewelry making, book signing, raffle and merchandise sales, equine demonstrations, the event raised nearly $35,000 to benefit once-abused or neglected horses. Dunkin’ Donuts donated beaucoup hot chocolate, coffee and baked goods; cider elves from Bangor Savings Bank passed out warm cider; and everywhere inside and out and the barns, horses sniffed small fingers, accepted kind kisses, and delighted families by showing off high spirits in keeping with the day.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Whether you were one of the more than 50 volunteers working to make the event safe and productive, a sponsor without whom it wouldn’t have been possible to stage the event or a first time visitor, please accept the sincere gratitude of the board of directors, staff and the animals. You make the Society’s success not only possible, but delightful reality. And last but not least, we thank the Windham and surrounding communities for their support. As a reminder, you may visit our farm at 279 River Road in Windham any day between 1p.m. and 4 p.m.

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