A bustling crowd filled the Brunswick Portland Pie on Thursday evening in an event to raise money for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. Portland Pie Company, in partnership with Maine Beer Company, and Kamasouptra Soup donated $1 for every pizza, Maine Beer, and soup sold. In addition, Portland Pie has an on-going fundraiser where patrons can bring a voucher and 10% of their purchase is donated to the Land Trust.
“We really love doing this kind of thing. It brings the community out for a good cause, and it’s really a lot of fun,” said Mike Jerome, co-owner at Portland Pie, Brunswick.
The crowd seemed to agree. There was a half hour wait for a table at one point, but those waiting enjoyed local beer, talked and laughed with land trust leaders, and purchased raffle tickets for Land Trust, Portland Pie, and Maine Beer goodies on display.
Maine Beer Company had over a dozen staff and family members at the event, enjoying pizza, beer, and soup and the festive atmosphere. Kevin McGlynn of Maine Beer Company handed out their bumper stickers that read, Do What’s Right.
“That’s what it’s all about for us,” he said. “We give to organizations like the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust because we love what they do, and it’s just the right thing to support such important efforts in our region.”
“We love what Maine beer does too!” laughed Land Trust Outreach and Education Coordinator, Nikkilee (Lee) Cataldo. “This event has been such a fun partnership. We’re so grateful to these local businesses and our community members for their support.”
The Land Trust has been working for over 35 years in the Brunswick-Topsham region to strengthen their community through conservation. They manage over 17 miles of trails, the Saturday Farmers Market at Crystal Spring Farm, Tom Settlemire Community Garden, Labyrinth in the Woods, along will a diverse array of events and programs – all in partnership with other local organizations and community members.
“We couldn’t do all the work that we do without the support and partnership of our members, especially our business members like Portland Pie,” said Cataldo. “We work hard to make our region a place that people want to live and visit. We know that brings value to local businesses and the economy in general. Events like this really show how working with a business can be beneficial all around – land conservation never tasted so good!”
A big thank you to Portland Pie Company, Maine Beer Company, and the many community members that came out to show their support. We also want to thank Jesse McMahon for the wonderful photos!