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  • Writer's pictureSherry Billings

HospitalityMaine Thank You

Daylight Savings Time and the colder temps. have me thinking back to the beautifully warm days of the Spring & Summer. Here's a flash-back and a "thank you" rolled into one: HospitalityMaine (formerly Maine Innkeepers) Fundraiser: Happening each spring, "Hospitality for Habitat" was inspired by Marian Burns, former owner of Mira Monte Inn and Suites in Bar Harbor. Since its first year, the innkeepers and their patrons have raised the equivalent of the cost of almost two whole Habitat homes! In 2021 alone, HospitalityMaine raised over $26,000 for the Maine Habitat affiliates!

Regarding the partnership, Kathleen Pierce, Director of Member Experience, shared, “Affordable housing is one of the many pain points right now for the hospitality industry as it struggles to maintain its seasonal workforce. To be able to give back to such a crucial mission feels right.” Hancock County Habitat for Humanity is very grateful to the leadership of Hospitality Maine, the participating innkeepers, and for all the good folks that visit the inns each year.

Typically held in late April through early May, participating member properties offer a designated number of their rooms at half the regular rate, in exchange for a $35 check payable to Habitat for Humanity.

For a complete list of participating inns, visit

Photo Caption: Katie L. of HFH/7 Rivers; HospitalityMaine Gov. Affairs Officer Greg Dugal & CEO Matt Lewis; Midcoast HFH board members Robert H. & Susan T. and Construct. Supervisor Peter F.

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