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Local Companies Join Forces To Help Boys & Girls Club

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PORTLAND, Maine (October 22, 2008) — Sometimes it takes a village.  When Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine were seeking resources to support its local transportation for kids, they turned to the community for support.  Local companies Oakhurst Dairy and Mr. Signs teamed up to help the Clubs maximize their marketing, and their fundraising, while transporting kids to and from the Clubs. Time Warner Cable of Maine is sponsoring the Auburn/Lewiston van during the Clubs’ Centennial in 2009.

“Boys & Girls Clubs provide positive programs for kids and assists many families with the difficulty of what to do with children after school while the parents are working.  I went to the Portland Club as a child for swimming and as an adult have been very involved with the Club,” said Stan Bennett, President of Oakhurst Dairy.  “It’s important for businesses to support programs that help make their communities tick.  At Oakhurst Dairy, we take our corporate responsibility seriously and assisting with programs that enhance the health and well being of our children like this transportation program is one simple way that we can help.”

“We are so grateful to be in a community where companies generously support our needs,” said Robert Clark, Chief Professional Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. “Without the use of these vehicles, some of our kids wouldn’t be able to participate in our programs.  There are many Southern Maine families who are extremely appreciative of the assistance provided by Oakhurst, Mr. Signs and Time Warner Cable, enabling the Clubs to continue offer transportation services.”

The vehicles help transport members to the Clubs from schools and various locations each afternoon.  They are an important aspect of the afternoon programming, allowing the Clubs to take various field trips throughout the year and offering members a chance to experience places they don’t ordinarily have the opportunity to attend, such as a hiking trip or to a local amusement park.  Boys & Girls Clubs are still looking for sponsors for the South Portland and Portland vans.

 “When Stan came to us with the proposition, it was an easy decision to get involved,” said Carl Anderson, Owner of Mr. Signs.  “We are proud to be associated with this important organization.  I still remember taking archery classes over 20 years ago at the South Portland Club.”

Keith Burkley, Division President of Time Warner Cable of Maine said, “The sponsorship opportunity was a great way to support a local company who is doing great things for the kids in our communities.  Time Warner Cable is committed to community outreach and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine is just one of the many organizations we support.”

Founded in 1909, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine is an independent affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation's oldest and largest organization with a primary mission of providing services to youth from disadvantaged circumstances.  The dynamic organization now serves an average of 2,200 boys and girls a year, including an increasing number of immigrant and refugee backgrounds.

Mr. Signs is a full-service design, production and installation company specializing in branding through signage with printed media, retail roll-outs, architectural displays, promotional products, banners and vehicle graphics.  For more information visit www.mrsignsinc.com.

Time Warner Cable Inc. is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S. and an industry leader in developing and launching innovative video, data and voice services.  The company delivers services to customers over technologically-advanced, well-clustered cable systems. Time Warner Cable is a good community partner who donates annually to various community organizations. The company is committed to providing support to organizations that support education and literacy, technology, community empowerment and arts and culture. 

Oakhurst is Northern New England’s largest independent dairy company, with three generations of commitment to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 87 years, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk. The company contributes 10% of annual profits to organizations that promote healthy kids and a healthy environment –– another good reason to choose the Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information visit www.oakhurstdairy.com. 

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Pictured from left to right: Robert Clark, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine; Stan Bennett, President, Oakhurst Dairy; Mike Edgecomb, Government Relations Manager, Time Warner Cable New England Division; and Carl Anderson, Owner, Mr. Signs.

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