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UPCOMING: March 17 - A Night by the Bay

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) will host its sixth annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarship, student services, and academic programs. A Night by the Bay, an evening of dinner, live music, and live and silent auctions, is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland. An evening of ultimate disco party fun will be provided by Motor Booty Affair. Preview auction items or bid online.

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) President, Dr. William J. Brennan, has announced that the college will host its sixth annual fundraising event to benefit student scholarship, student services, and academic programs. The event, an evening of dinner, live music, and live and silent auctions, is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland. Guests at the event may bid on a variety of exciting items and travel excursions ranging from a three-day fishing trip in Costa Rica to an exquisite pair of earrings from A.G.A. Correa & Son. An evening of ultimate disco party fun will be provided by Motor Booty Affair.  Dress for the event will be cocktail attire.

Coordinated by the college’s Advancement Office with the support of a volunteer committee of alumni and friends, the event is generously presented by Cianbro Corporation, one of the east coast’s largest construction and construction service companies. Ocean Properties, Ltd., a leading resort management firm and supporting sponsor, will be joined by event sponsors Strategic Maintenance Solutions, Inc. Harriman Architects + Engineers, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and Camden National Bank.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour featuring a silent auction.  Bidding for silent auction items will continue through the early part of the evening.  Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks catering staff will offer plate-service dining featuring a variety of selections. The live auction, featuring a cruise aboard the Academy’s historic schooner, Bowdoin; Portland Sea Dogs tickets; a one night stay and spa package at the Wentworth by The Sea Hotel and Spa in New Castle, N.H.; and Red Sox vs. Yankee tickets will kick off at 8:30 p.m.

All auction items, including unique vacation and recreation adventures, are made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends of the college. According to organizers, many attendees in the past have joined forces in advance to establish a team plan for bidding. Clever strategists often bid on items that may not be approachable for individuals.

Organizers also report that the auction item list is dynamic, with donations expanding daily. An online auction site is currently active with online bidding, and event guests and non-attendees are encouraged to logon and participate in the auction. Online bidding, along with a preview of silent and live auction items, is available via a hyperlink at www.biddingforgood.com/mmaafa .

Tickets for the event are limited and are available by advance reservation for $80.00 per person or $600.00 for a table of eight. To donate an item for auction or to purchase tickets, contact Jessica Hosford at 207-326-2470 during weekday business hours.

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