joe says "boo bash"

Joe is happy to once again promote the Boo Bash, a Halloween fundraiser to benefit Simple Gifts. Simple Gifts is an organization that provides financial support and encouragement to patients experiencing a medical crisis, as well as their families. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers. Joe respects and admires the work that Simple Gifts does, and is happy to spread the word about the Boo Bash, which will be held on Saturday, October 20, from 7-11 PM, in the function room at the Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave in Portland. Find more about the organization and the event here. Joe hopes the event goes boo-tifully!

                  Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.


joe says "nrg expo"

If you've seen one of the Joe Bornstein-themed Priuses driving around Maine, you already know that Joe likes to be eco-friendly whenever possible, which is why he's promoting the University of Southern Maine's Greater Portland Energy Expo. hereTo be held this Saturday October 20th from 10am-2pm at USM, the Expo will feature presentations on energy efficiency, solar panels, electric vehicles, and more. Joe offers his thanks to USM for spreading awareness about the importance of sustainability, and urges Portlanders to learn more about this event here.

                       Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "tedx 11 3"

As an entrepreneur and businessman, Joe is always looking for bright new ways to innovate. One event where there's sure to be plenty of innovative ideas is TEDxDirigo. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience; TEDxDirigo was co-founded in 2010 as a world-class platform to celebrate innovation and creativity in Maine. In the same spirit of the state motto, TEDxDirigo leads the way with ideas from Maine’s brightest innovators and changemakers. The goal is for TEDxDirigo to be a catalyst for positive change in the state and world, where new ideas are supported for the greater good of all. Through the popular and effective TED Talk format, TEDxDirigo has inspired hundreds of live audience members and hundreds of thousands online across the globe.

This year's event will be held on November 3rd at University of New England in Portland. Joe hopes to see you there!

Learn more about TEDxDirigo here.

                     Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.


joe says "51 strg"

Joe is always appreciative of the men and women who serve and protect his hometown. The Portland Police Department does a fine job keeping the streets of Portland safe and orderly, and all Portlanders should be thankful for that. Today Joe joins the PPD in honoring lieutenant Bob Doherty, who's bravely fighting cancer. Joe wishes Lt Doherty and his family the best during this difficult time and thanks him for his service to Portland.

                          Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.


joe says "rtt bbb"

Animal-lovers of Portland, listen up: today Joe is once again promoting Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT), a non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses. Located in Windham, RTT’s 50 acre farm includes a heated indoor arena with attached program and office space, an outdoor riding ring and access to miles of trails. RTT is the largest therapeutic riding program in northern New England. At RTT, children and adults with disabilities work together with horses, volunteers and staff to overcome challenges and reach their highest potential. Through engaging in RTT’s program, all of our lives are enhanced and broadened in an environment that is supportive, innovative, respectful and diverse.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th, is RTT's 11th Annual Triple B (BBB) event: Boots, Barbeque, and Beer, when RTT's indoor riding arena turns into a festively themed wonderland, with BBQ dinner, live music and a thrilling “mission based auction” to support RTT’s Rider Scholarship and Horse Funds. Joe thinks all local animal-lovers and party-lovers should check out this great event!

Learn more about RTT here and more about the BBB event here.

                    Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.


joe says "mamm rock"

Joe was never much of a musician, but he can appreciate talent when he sees it. There's plenty of talent at Maine Academy of Modern Music, a local organization that aspires to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression. MAMM is dedicated to building leadership through the musical arts.

The good folks over at MAMM hope that you can join them tonight, October 11th, when they will be celebrating their 11th Anniversary in style with Chords For Kids: MAMM's Scholarship Gala Fundraiser. This first annual event will be held at Portland's spectacular new music venue AURA and will feature performances by MAMM students, a silent auction, and an award ceremony where MAMM will recognize "Rock Stars in Our Communities". Following the award ceremony attendees will dance the night away to very special guest The Awesome.

Find more about MAMM here, and more about the gala here.

                       Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "Q979 cans"

There are few things Joe loves more than Mainers helping one another out. That's why he's so impressed by the folks at Q97.9, Portland's #1 Hit Music Station, who are hosting another year of Cans for a Cure and making a tremendous effort to fight cancer by raising money for local cancer programs and taking other steps to raise awareness about this important issue. Today, Wednesday October 10th, through Friday the 12th, the Q folks will be at the mall collecting cans. All proceeds will go to the Cancer Community Centerwhich recently merged with the Dempsey Center. The Dempsey Center provides a personalized, holistic and integrated approach to cancer prevention, education and support. All services are provided at no cost to anyone impacted by cancer regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances or where they receive their medical treatment.

In addition to collecting cans, Q97.9 is hosting an online auction to raise funds for the Dempsey Center's important work.

Learn more about Cans for a Cure here, more about the Dempsey Center here, and find the online auction here.

                       Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "appl cycl"

As a (much) younger man, Joe was an avid bicyclist. That's why he likes to support local cycling organizations whenever he can. Today he's supporting the Community Bicycle Center's AppleCycle. The CBC exists to provide youth enrichment opportunities for personal growth through bicycling-related activities. As a result of engagement with Community Bicycle Center’s programming and staff, youth develop beliefs, attitudes, skills, and actions to be successful in relationships, educational pursuits, future employment, health, and civic engagement.

AppleCycle is an annual orchard hopping bike tour featuring seven beautiful apple orchards nestled along Greater York County’s most scenic rural roads. 100% of the proceeds support the Community Bicycle Center’s free afterschool programs for kids. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 13th.

Learn more about the CBC here, and the AppleCycle here.

                     Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.