Although there were fewer teams participating in this year’s 9th annual fundraiser for the Compass Project, there was no less enthusiasm for the project than in previous years. This year there were 7 teams who paid a fee to build a boat and last year there were 14 teams according to Shane Hall, program director, for Compass Poject.
One corporate sponsor this year that has not participated before was the Maine Mall. “We are really a lot about children,” said Stephanie Millette, marketing coordinator for the Mall located in South Portland. The Mall participated at the $2,500. corporate level. The dingy, named Mally-Y, will be used next winter in the Mall’s 2nd annual Store to Shore Festival. It’s expected to have a nautical theme. There will be about 12-14 nonprofits participating, according to Millette. “We will be back next year,” she added.
For the second year, the dingys were built at Back Cove Park and then launched at East End Beach on Sunday afternoon, following a Blessing of the Boats led by Jodi Carpenter. Compass Project is a program for a risk children and is under the auspices of the Spurwink Foundation. It was founded by now retired Pat Ryan, of the Hill.
It was also announced that long-time Compass Project boat builder Jodi Carpenter is leaving for another position in Pennsylvania.
Please see Post # 1,175, dated July 13, 2012, for more information.