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Biddeford Savings shares concert funds with charities

Oct 11, 2012

Charles Petersen, president and CEO of Biddeford Savings (center), presents a check to, from left: Annabelle Carpenter and Debra Gagnon of the Bon Appetit Community Meal Program, Amy Safford of Community Partners, Inc., Ken Hoehler, Community Bicycle Center, and Dr. Francis Kleeman of the Biddeford Free Clinic, representing four of the five non-profit organizations to receive monies raised during the bank’s Music on Main Street summer concerts.

Biddeford, ME – Five local charities shared the $6,000 raised by Biddeford Savings in its annual Music on Main Street summer concert series to benefit non-profit organizations.

Charles Petersen, the bank’s president and CEO, recently distributed $1,250 each to the Biddeford Free Clinic, Stone Soup Food Pantry, Community Bicycle Center, Community Partners, Inc., and Bon Appetit Community Meal Program.

Music on Main Street is a series of four summer concerts held in July on the green adjacent to the bank’s Main Street office in Biddeford. Sponsored by the bank with cash and in-kind support from local businesses, the concerts are free but food is available for purchase. All funds raised from lunches provided by Ned’s Bakes and BBQ’s are donated to local charities.

“In another year we’ll be celebrating a decade of holding summer concerts that successfully raise needed funds for local organizations,” noted Petersen. “These events play a wonderful role in supporting people in our communities who need assistance while at the same time drawing visitors to our downtown. The more people we can attract to Main Street, the better for our community. We could not do this without the enthusiastic help we receive from the local businesses who provide cash and in-kind support.”

Music on Main Street sponsors included Bergen & Parkinson, LLC, Hull Law Offices, LLC, Oak Point Associates, P&C Insurance, Dean Tourigny, DMD, and Woodman Edmands Danylik Austin Smith & Jacques, PA. In-kind sponsors include Dietz Associates Inc., Heart of Biddeford, Journal Tribune, Mainely Newspapers, Ned’s Bakes and BBQs, and the Sun Chronicle.

Biddeford Savings, an independent, community-focused mutual savings bank founded in 1867, has offices in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Scarborough, and Waterboro. To learn more, visit