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Macy's joins Make-A-Wish to fulfill dream of Lewiston child

Jorja Flynn, a 10-year-old from Lewiston who has a blood disorder requiring a bone marrow transplant, learned that she will have a wish — her dream to go to Hawaii — granted, thanks to a Macy's event. She also received a makeover and a shopping spree to get new clothes for her trip, Macy's reported.12-16-14-macys-make-wish
On Friday, Dec. 12, Flynn, a "Wish Child," spent the day at Macy's South Portland having a makeover and choosing a few special outfits for the trip.
Macy's Believe campaign invites kids of all ages to bring their stamped letters to Santa to their local Macy's store, or visit macys.com/believe to create and send a letter to Santa online. For every letter received now through Dec. 24, Macy's will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, the company reported. For National Believe Day, Macy's offered a double donation – for every letter received in-store and online on Friday, Dec. 12 only, Macy's donated an additional $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to an extra $1 million, above the existing $1 million campaign goal.
In addition to this wish in South Portland, Macy's joined Make-A-Wish to grant more than 50 special wishes across the country for children with life-threatening medical conditions, Macy's reported.
Macy's supports local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of customers, the company reported.
Portland-based Make-A-Wish Maine grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 03:42

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Rite Aid 'elves' to spread cheer at Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

A team of Rite Aid "elves" from the Portland area will visit the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center to bring the magic of the holidays to children who may not be able to celebrate the season at home with their families and friends, the company reported.
The Rite Aid "elves" will parade the halls giving gifts of toys and games to every child at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, Rite Aid reported.
"Rite Aid associates support The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center year round, but it's especially important for us to make the holiday season as special as possible for children who may have to be in the hospital during this time of the year," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president, chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 01:40

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Portland chef wins 'Kitchen Inferno' competition

Chef Shannon Bard of Portland's Zapoteca Restaurant in Portland, Mixteca in Durham, N.H. and Salud Catering was the big winner on Food Network's newest hit, "Kitchen Inferno," a business press release noted.12-16-14-Shannon-Bard---Zapoteca-Restaurante-Y-Tequileria
On the show each Wednesday, chefs must contemplate risk versus reward in every round. Curtis Stone is on hand to watch these decisions unfold and oversee the fiery battles that result.
Chef Bard climbed the culinary ladder and beat the other four chefs in the competition, even world-renowned Chef Michael Chiarello.
In Bard's episode titled "Holiday Heat" she had to create a dinner from leftovers and a dessert including soy sauce. Her prize for winning all for challenges was $25,000.
"This experience was incredibly stressful but I am, of course, absolutely thrilled with the outcome," said Chef Bard. "The opportunity to compete against some of the top chefs in the country can only help me grow in the culinary world."
Bard continued, "But what I am most excited about is that we are going to use the money to take our kids on a family vacation, wherever they want to go! My work keeps me super busy and doesn't always allow me to have a lot of quality family time so I am eager to share this big win with my family!"
Bard's new cookbook, "The Gourmet Mexican Kitchen," is set for release in February (pre-orders are being accepted at Amazon.com at http://bit.ly/GourmetMexican).

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Author Patterson gives independent-store grant to Sherman's

Sherman's Books & Stationery has been awarded a $7,500 grant from bestselling novelist James Patterson, the independent book store reported.12-16-14-jamesPatterson
Sherman's is one of 81 independent bookstores named by Patterson, who has given more than $1 million to independent bookstores this year, according to a Sherman's press release.
Sherman's intends to use the grant money to spruce up its original store in Bar Harbor. The Bar Harbor store, Maine's oldest bookstore, "is starting to show its age," said owner Jeff Curtis. "Mr. Patterson's program to help small, independent bookstores, will help us bring the Bar Harbor store into the 20th if not the 21st century."
Sherman's, opened in 1886, has five stores, including stores located in Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Camden and Freeport. Its newest store is in Portland's Old Port.
Patterson has sold 300 million books worldwide and has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, including more No. 1 bestsellers for children than any other living author, according to the press release.

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