Posted: Fri 3:51 PM, Oct 20, 2017 |
Updated: Fri 11:57 PM, Oct 20, 2017
NEWBURGH, Maine (WABI) – The Windover Art Center in Newburgh has been expanding the horizons of area kids for years through their programming.
This past summer, the director fell ill and sessions had to be cancelled, meaning no money for the non-profit was coming in.
Now a camper has taken it upon herself to get a place near and dear to her heart back on its feet.
“Windover is an art program primarily for children and primarily in the summertime,” said Director Mari Abercrombie.
Windover has been around for 36 years. Abercrombie has been the director for the last 25, exposing countless kids to an artistic world many didn’t know existed.
“Every year is different, and the number of kids, but it’s thousands,” she said.
“I make pottery, photography with Isaac a lot,” said camper Kylie Smart, “I did a play, stop motion animation. I do a lot of stuff.”
Last year, Mari got sick and camp was cancelled.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer and we didn’t know what that was going to bring,” said Mari, “We are a nonprofit organization and the board and I and Isaac all decided that we didn’t want to do the program halfway.”
“I was very sad and even more sad when I found out that Mari had gotten diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Kylie.
Now things are turning around.
“I was very lucky, and I had early diagnosis,” said Mari.
She added that she is now feeling fantastic, but no camp meant no campers, so no money was coming to fund programming.
“My mom and I were in the kitchen and we both were very confused that nobody wanted to do a fundraiser, so I asked my mom if we could do one,” said Kylie.
With that, the wheels were set in motion.
Donations coming in from all across the community. They are set for a Halloween weekend fundraiser, Sunday the 29th from 2-6 at the Bangor Elks Club.
“We’re gonna have a lot of raffles and we’re gonna have a costume contest,” said Kyle describing the upcoming fundraiser, “We’re going to have some dancing, snacks, popcorn. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
She said it was just something she wanted to do for Mari.
“This is what really touched me so much is that we’ve had community support and lots of people, but this was just for me,” said Mari, “Which is very humbling and very touching. So I really thank these guys for what they’ve done and that they’ve had this in the goodness of their heart.”
As if that weren’t enough, the following day, Monday the 30th, Chick-Fil-A and Sweet Frog in Bangor are having a Dinner and Dessert fundraiser. So if you go by either of those spots on Monday, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Windover Art Center.