joe says "blue wrap"

Here's an exciting and inspiring event Joe thinks you should know about: the Blue Wrap Runway 2019. Utterly unique to Maine, Blue Wrap Runway is the only charity event where dazzling fashions help to supply hospitals and medical clinics around the world. At Blue Wrap Runway, leading designers take blue wrap- normally used to wrap sterilized medical supplies- and create one-of-a-kind fashions.

Blue Wrap Runway is the major fundraising event for Partners for World Health. Now celebrating 10 years, PWH is known around the world for collecting medical supplies that are no longer being used, repackaging them and shipping them to other countries where they provide basic medical care for underserved populations.

Over their 10 years, Partners for World Health has shipped over 1.5 million pounds of medical supplies, saving countless lives. Joe applauds this amazing organization for its wonderful work, and urges you to join these folks this Thursday, May 16th, at USM's Abromson Center in Portland.

Learn more about this event here, and more about PWH here.

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

joe says "lung frce"

Today, Joe's Team is spreading the word about another important cause. Although the lung cancer survival rate has increased by 33% over the past 10 years, the disease still takes the lives of more than 361 of our friends, neighbors and loved ones every day.

The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative unites America to raise critical awareness of lung cancer, the nation’s leading cancer killer, during Turquoise Takeover (May 8–14, 2022). Each May, the Lung Force show solidarity for those impacted by lung cancer by turning landmarks and social media turquoise.

Through education, advocacy, and research, the ALA works to provide hope to all those impacted by the disease and save more lives. More must be done to raise awareness and the research funding needed to one day find a cure.

For more information, visit the Lung Force website or contact the American Lung Association in Augusta at 207-624-0302.

joe says "frzn funk"

Portlanders love a good party, and here's one you might not know about: The Frozen Funk Skating Party. To be held from 5:30pm-8:30pm on Friday February 14th at Deering Oaks, this bash will have it all: ice skating, music, food trucks, and raffles. The good folks at Portland Gear Hub will be providing free ice skate rentals, and WJZP 107.9 (Portland's Downtown Groove) will be the evening's DJs. If you're in the area be sure to check it out!

We hope the event is a great success and urge you to RSVP here. Stay warm, Portland!

joe says "hmls vigl"

Here at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein we have long admired the work done by Preble Street, a local organization whose mission is is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems. Today, we'd like to bring attention to a Preble Street event. Portland's Homeless Persons Annual Memorial Vigil, taking place today, December 21st, at 4:30pm, is a time to remember our homeless friends who have died and to recommit ourselves to the task of ending homelessness.

On the night of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, a candlelight procession starts at the Preble Street Resource Center and proceeds to Monument Square where a memorial ceremony is dedicated to those homeless persons in our community who have died. All persons who are homeless, who have been homeless, who work with the homeless or who have compassion for the homeless are welcome at this event.

We hope the event goes smoothly and offer our thanks to the wonderful staff of Preble Street for all the amazing work they do. We urge Portlanders to learn more about Preble Street and today's event here.

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

joe says "mark wcyy"

Once again Joe's team is spreading the gospel about the Center for Grieving Children, a Portland-based organization that serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families.

One of our favorite local radio stations, WCYY, is lending a hand to the CGC with another year of the Mark-a-thon. When you donate to the Center for Grieving Children, DJ Mark will play ANY song, ANY style by ANY artist. Listen all week, around the clock on 94.3 WCYY!

We offer our thanks to the folks at the Center for Grieving Children for the amazing work they do, and also sends our thanks WCYY for helping a great cause. Find more about the Center for Grieving Children here, and more about this campaign here.

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

joe says "mjff week"

One of Joe's team's favorite local traditions is the Maine Jewish Film Festival, which is taking place virtually this week, November 6th-14th. MJFF curates a program of films that explore the Jewish experience through drama, comedy, documentary and short film formats. The festival has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the State.  While the festival typically takes place in theaters across the state, this year you can catch showings of great Jewish films online at the MJFF website. We hope this festival has another great year and continues to contribute to the rich cultural fabric of Maine!

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

joe says "wmpg don8"

Readers of this blog are well familiar with WMPG, 90.9/104.1, which empowers University of Southern Maine students and community members to create diverse, innovative, high quality media, foster the exchange of ideas, and celebrate the many cultures of USM and surrounding communities for broadcast to the world.

As we all know, it takes charitable donations from Portlanders like you to make such an operation possible. WMPG's Fall Begathon is taking place October 20th to 26th, so be sure to donate here. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $55,000 to meet the station's operations budget. For WMPG volunteers and listeners, the week of Begathon is a 7-day celebration of the unique opportunities that community radio offers. "Regular people, with and without previous media experience, come to WMPG to learn how to make radio that is important to them," explains WMPG Program Director Lisa Bunker. "We teach them the skills and responsibilities of how to do it, and then the music that is played and the topics that are discussed are completely up to them." Find more about WMPG at its official website. Joe's team hopes you chip in to WMPG and help support this important asset to the Portland community!

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

 

joe says "boo bash"

Joe's team 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. We respect and admire the work that Simple Gifts does, and are happy to spread the word about the Boo Bash, which will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, 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. We hope the event goes boo-tifully!

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