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Oakhurst Launches Effort To Keep Doors Open of Lewiston/Auburn YWCA

Portland, ME (October 1, 2010) -- Oakhurst Dairy, a longtime supporter of healthy kid initiatives, today announced an ambitious community effort to raise funds through the sale of its products in October for the Lewiston/Auburn YWCA, considered a community landmark.  The local, family-owned dairy will donate ten cents from every gallon of Oakhurst product sold in Androscoggin County during October to the YWCA.

The YWCA has been part of the Lewiston/Auburn (L/A) community for 130 years, and is facing a financial crisis which may cause it to close its doors. 

“The YWCA is a cornerstone of life in L/A,” said Oakhurst Chairman and CEO Stan Bennett.  “Generations of kids have learned to swim there, families have counted on its services, and it’s important that we do everything possible to keep this resource open and thriving.”

Bennett cites the YWCA’s pool as a key community resource that cannot easily be replaced.  As the only regulation-size pool in the area, it serves three high school swim teams, an additional community youth team, and several Special Olympics teams throughout the region.  Additionally, the YWCA offers swimming lessons for children ages six months and up; water fitness classes for older adults; water safety courses for summer camp counselors; and open recreation for families.  

The YWCA also provides a number of other programs that impact the L/A region’s kids, including all-day preschool, youth fitness classes, before- and after-school care and summer camp activities.

“When young people in our neighborhoods have a place like the YWCA where they can develop healthy habits that last a lifetime, the entire community benefits,” Bennett added.  “Helping to keep the L/A YWCA open is a sensible investment in our future, plain and simple.” 

Oakhurst Dairy’s support of the Lewiston/Auburn YWCA is the latest effort in its ongoing Living Natural Goodness program, a commitment to support programs and initiatives in local communities that make a positive impact on the lives of kids through nutrition and exercise.  Already this year, Oakhurst has contributed to numerous health oriented community initiatives. Most recently, Oakhurst teamed with Boys and Girls Clubs in New Hampshire to promote healthy exercise habits and partnered with the Maine State Parks Passport Program to increase use of Maine’s 48 scenic state parks.

About Oakhurst Dairy

Oakhurst is northern New England’s truly local brand of milk. As the region’s largest independent dairy company, Oakhurst is committed to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 89 years and three generations, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk, contributing 10% of profits to local organizations through their Living Natural Goodness programs that support healthy kids and a healthy environment – just another reason to choose Oakhurst, The Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information, visit www.oakhurstdairy.com

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