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Simple Gifts


Fourth Annual Boo Bash!

Jack Nicholson imitator with axe

Join us...if you dare

Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 7-11 pm
From 7-11 pm
for our annual Fun-Raiser


at the Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Avenue, Portland, Maine
$20 per person
Silent Auction with Great Stuff
Celebrity Guests
Dancing with DJ Aaron Filieo

Click below to buy tickets 

For more information, send us an email or call Mary Irace at 712-2028.

2016 sponsors


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Bangor Savings Bank Award

Bangor Savings Bank Donation

Assistant Vice President Linda Cohen of Bangor Savings Bank Mill Creek branch presents a $1,000 check to board members Tony and Mary Irace in May 2015. Simple Gifts was one of six non-profits to receive an award from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation's Community Matters More program.

Simple Gifts Receives Donations from 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine

Simple Gifts received over $5,000 in donations at the inaugural meeting of a new group, 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine. Read more in the Portland Sun or download a PDF.

New grant!

Simple Gifts received another $1,500 grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust in January 2014! 

Were you wondering why the Time & Temperature Building flashed "Boo Bash" in October?

Then you missed our Halloween fundraiser! Check out our recap or go see even more pictures on Maine Today. 

Simple Gifts in the News!

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Simple Gifts Awarded $1,000 Grant by Bangor Savings Bank

Simple Gifts' board is proud to announce that the organization was one of 68 non-profits chosen by Bangor Savings Bank to receive a $1,000 grant. (See the grant letter here.)

Thanks to all our loyal supporters who voted for Simple Gifts in the Bangor Savings Community Matters More community voting program. 

In December 2012, Simple Gifts was also awarded a $1,500 grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Foundation. This was our first major grant award! Thanks so much to Regal Naseef for her grant writing expertise in helping us get this much-needed funding. 

Here are a few examples of "simple gifts" given out in 2012:

  • A mother had a critically ill newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at MMC for two months (while her husband who lost his job at about the same time the baby was born was home with their three- and five-year-old children in northern Maine). Simple Gifts provided a $50 gas card and $15 Dunkin Donuts card with some Christmas presents—a much-needed warm winter coat and Batman gloves for the brother and a tiara and Hello Kitty princess PJs for the sister.
  • A truck driver who had just lost his job had his critically ill newborn life-flighted to MMC and hospitalized for over three weeks. Simple Gifts provided a $50 gas card to help with travel expenses. His wife and other three children live three hours away.
  • A woman had a stroke and some amputation due to diabetes complications. Simple Gifts provided a $50 gas card and a $15 Dunkin Donuts card to her husband.
  • A woman with a young autistic son was provided a $50 gas card and $15 Dunkin Donuts card so she could afford to make the trip to visit her mother at MMC. (Her mother had been hospitalized for three weeks, and she didn't have funds for the round trip.)

Thanks so much to all our donors for their support!