I do a fundraiser every year that is dear to my heart, Maine's Got Talent. This entertaining event showcases ten local musical acts competing for a cash prize and benefitting Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services in Lewiston.

What is so special about Sandcastle? First off, it was inspired by my cousin Cindy Cote. Cindy was born with Down Syndrome, and the lack of proper education for her activated her sister Stephanie to create a school where Cindy, and typically developing kids, could learn and thrive together.

Cindy's sisters, Stephanie Gelinas (Executive Dir.) and Charlene O'Clair (Dir. Of Finance), are cornerstones of this incredible non-profit. Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services sets kids into a mode of learning, exploration, socialization and creativity. It is a community jewel.

Some of Sandcastle's services include:

  • Early Childhood Education Center
  • Clinical Services
  • Speech and Hearing Center
  • Mental Health Services

Because Sandcastle is a non-profit, they rely on public support and donations to continue helping children reach their maximum potential and to succeed to the best of their ability. You can get more information about Sandcastle and donate at sandcastlemaine.org. You can also support them by joining us for Maine's Got Talent on March 9th at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Get your tickets here. The caliber of musical talent at M.G.T. will have your jaw on the floor, your hands sore from clapping and your voice hoarse from cheering.

Here's a past performance:


As Public Service Director for Townsquare Media Portland, I meet so many amazing non-profits that are contributing to the well-being of our communities. I encourage you to find one to make part of your world, either by donating or volunteering.

You will find a list of great organizations helping Maine communities at greatnonprofits.org. Scroll through and you will likely find an organization that inspires you to volunteer, or that might have services that you or someone you know might need.

If you are involved with a local non-profit and would like to let your neighborhood know that you are there to help or to reach out for support, then leave a comment on our Fan Page.

Our local non-profit organizations and their volunteers fill so many holes in our communities. You are appreciated.



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