Thank you for making Maine Walks with Haiti a success!

June 11, 2019

A big THANK you to all the participants, volunteers, and sponsors who helped make Saturday’s 10th annual Maine Walks with Haiti 5K walk/run a success! We are still crunching the numbers, but preliminary results show that we raised more than $20,000!

Special thanks goes to WGME Channel 13 anchor Gregg Lagerquist, who served as emcee; to Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, who presented a proclamation declaring the day Maine Walks with Haiti Day; and to Con Fullam and Pihcintu, a nationally renowned choral group based in Portland that gave a stunning performance before the race.

Runners finishing in first through third place were: Katherine Slevin of Portland, first, with a time of 22:01.14; Pedro Chanchavas of Westbrook, second, with a time of 22:09.07; and Frantzceau Germain of Bangor, third, with a time of 22:29.35. Congratulations to all three, who each received a piece of handcrafted Haitian metal wall art valued at $80 to $200.

Brian Dean Curran placed first in gathering the most Personal Campaign Page pledges and the greatest amount of PCP funds, and was awarded an overnight stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Portland and a piece of Haitian metal art. Kate Healey and Charlie Craig won the second-place PCP prize of a mailboat cruise of Casco Bay provided by Casco Bay Lines Ferry. Both Homewood Suites by Hilton and Casco Bay Lines Ferry donated the prizes, for which we are grateful.

L-R: Alex Samara, Jake Cote, Emily Davis, Joe Bearor, and Colleen Clarke, all from Portland

Marvin and Michelle Clark of Philadelphia


Face-painting volunteer Reagan Davis of Freeport (left)

Wendy Taylor, co-founder of Konbit Sante, and Nate Nickerson, executive director of Konbit Sante


Last, but most certainly not least — because without them, we would not have been able to have the event at all — we thank our corporate and individual sponsors: Eyecare Medical Group, Bangor Savings Bank, Sabre Yachts, Southern Maine Health Care, Martin’s Point Health Care, Verill Dana LLP, Baystate Financial, Woodard & Curran, UBS, Steve & Polly Larned, Jane O’Conor & Bob MacKinnon, Konbit Sante co-founders Michael & Wendy Taylor, Hugh Tozer & Kathryn Reid, and Jeff & Elaine Musich — and our in-kind donors: the City of Portland, Joe Bornstein, Coca-Cola, photographer Leslie Wagner, Jim Katsiaficas, The Holy Donut, and Mister Bagel.

Mesi (thank you) to all!

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