Building community

To the Editor:

Last Saturday, more than 100 people participated in a daylong game-playing festival called “Game On.” In addition to building community through games, Game On raised awareness and funds for Acadia Family Center, which provides education, prevention and outpatient treatment services for individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol, drug abuse and/or mental health disorders.

As the event organizers, we’d like to thank everyone who participated and contributed, especially those who led game sessions, recruited volunteers or contributed prizes and refreshments: Piper Charron, Isaac Marnik, Jen Shepherd, Larrance Fingerhut, Laurie Wellman, Laurie Ankrom, Nina Duggan, Megan Moore, Diane Clendaniel, Deb Wade, Paradis True Value Hardware, Little A’s, Pirates’ Cove, Fiore, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Hannaford, Morning Glory, Side Street Cafe and Sherman’s Books & Gifts, and our host, the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

The organizing team included Dwayne, Jacq and Chloe Bolt; Margaret and Clifton Jeffery; Ezra Sassaman; Heather Dillon and the Mount Desert Island High School Interact Club; Joe Podurgiel and Kate Macko.

If you like playing games or building community through games, check out the GameOnMDI Facebook page or email [email protected]. If you would like more information about Acadia Family Center’s programs and services, visit their website ( or their Facebook page, or call 244-4012.

Once again, a huge word of thanks to everyone who made this event such a success.

Rob Benson,

on behalf of

Game On

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