GISELA’S STORY: SAFE FROM ABUSE AT LAST
by Staff Attorney Jennifer Bailey, Esq.
O nline dating is very popular with commercials showing
online matches leading to “happily ever after”.
Unfortunately, the endings are not always so happy for foreign
hit Gisela, mocked her, told her he could get her deported and
accused her of infidelity. His controlling ways also caused them
to be married after their 90 day deadline.
women who meet U.S. citizen men via the internet.
When Gisela became pregnant with their child, she found
Immigrant women suffer domestic violence in unique and ILAP online and contacted us in desperation. She knew
disproportionate ways. Newly arrived women often speak she did not want to raise a child in an abusive environment.
limited or no English, have no friends or family in the U.S., ILAP’s Jennifer Bailey began working with her to prepare her
and are completely dependent on immigration paperwork. But then,
their husbands. Abusers regularly use Gisela received notice that the U.S.
the threat of deportation to control Rob hit Gisela, mocked her, told government wanted to deport her
and silence their wives. Most abused because she had married after the 90
immigrant women never call the police her he could get her deported day deadline. She was given a date
for fear they will be deported instead of to show up in Immigration Court in
protected. and accused her of infidelity. Boston. Jennifer worked furiously to
get Gisela’s “self-petition” filed before
One of these women, “Gisela” looked as if the weight of the the first court hearing.
world had been lifted from her shoulders when ILAP Attorney
Jennifer Bailey explained that under the “Violence Against Jennifer and Gisela traveled to the Immigration Court three
Women Act,” immigration law protections were available to times in the course of a year, holding off deportation until
her even if she left her abusive marriage. Immigration granted Gisela’s self-petition. Then, Jennifer
persuaded the immigration court to end the deportation
Gisela met her Mainer husband “Rob” online. After months proceedings.
of a deepening online connection, Rob traveled to Gisela’s
country and the couple spent many weeks in the giddy thrill With an approved self-petition, Gisela become a Legal
of new love. Rob returned to the U.S. to start the process of Permanent Resident and had the strength and the legal status
bringing Gisela here as his fiancée with a requirement to marry to divorce Rob. Gisela is now building friendships, working, and
within 90 days. she and their child are living safe from abuse. Perhaps this
story has a happy ending after all.
Gisela was eager to start a new life in the U.S with Rob. Once
in the U.S., however, the relationship plummeted quickly. Rob
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Message from our Founding Executive Director
A s you read this, I am in Rome,
Italy, where my family is relocating
for several years. My tenure as ILAP’s
My passion for immigration law, and
for ILAP’s mission, is driven by my firm
belief that continued immigration, and
Executive Director has ended, and my the energy, creativity, and drive that
career as a U.S. immigration lawyer is on immigrants bring with them to the
hiatus. United States, are fundamental to our
nation’s identity and success.
Inevitably, such life changes have triggered
reflections on my time at ILAP and as an But our immigrant future cannot be
immigration lawyer. A recent phone call taken for granted. Already, it is nearly
from one of my very first clients brought impossible for immigrants to exercise
the meaning of what we do at ILAP into Beth, husband Ken Kunin, and their daughter Simi. their legal rights without a lawyer to
sharp focus. help them understand the laws and
Daniel explained that at a recent get- ensure that they are applied fairly. And
Daniel fled the violence of El Salvador’s together, his family somehow ended up too many who are in positions of power
civil war and came to the U.S. I met him talking about how my representation of find it politically expedient to sow fear of
in 1986 when he was in deportation new immigrants, and are working to pass
proceedings. I was in private laws that discriminate against
practice in Boston, and took his A recent phone call from one of my them, especially immigrants of
case pro bono to help him apply very first clients brought the meaning color, and to impede passage of
for asylum. For several years we badly needed, common-sense,
fought his deportation, finally of what we do at ILAP into sharp focus. large scale federal immigration
winning so that he could remain reforms.
here permanently. I then helped Daniel had totally changed the trajectory
his wife join him in the US, and closed of their family’s life. They wanted to In Maine, ILAP is the leader in helping
his case. thank me, and after finding me at ILAP low-income immigrants who are trying
via the internet, Daniel called to do just to start their lives anew to navigate
When I first met Daniel, he was a that. the legal landscape. And ILAP works
dishwasher. He then started a side to build coalitions that strive to ensure
business videoing weddings and That simple, unexpected phone call that Maine remains a welcoming state
celebrations. He lived with many others crystallized the reasons I am passionate for immigrants, and that we will achieve
in a triple-decker, kept his expenses low, about being an immigration lawyer and positive federal immigration policies.
worked hard, and saved money. After his about ILAP’s mission and work.
immigration case was over, eventually, he I am so proud of ILAP’s staff, Board,
was able to buy his triple-decker. Later Daniel and his wife had what immigrants volunteers, and partners, of all that we
he bought another one in the same have had for centuries: the courage have accomplished, and of all the lives
neighborhood, then another. I last heard to leave everything familiar behind, the we have changed. With your support,
from him in the early 1990s, and it was drive to make a difficult journey, the ILAP will continue its work long into
clear he was epitomizing the “American perseverance and sheer will to start life the future to keep Maine and the U.S.
Dream” – working hard, and improving all over again, and the ability to work a welcoming new home for immigrants.
his family’s prospects for the future. hard and to hope that life here would be Every day, more Daniels walk through
better than the one they left behind. To ILAP’s doors ready to build new lives and
When Daniel called me a month ago, I become another immigrant success story to contribute. With the commitment of
caught up on his last 20 years. Daniel in the U.S., there was only one thing they Board, staff and our many, many friends,
became a U.S. citizen. He got a good initially lacked - expert legal assistance ILAP will always stand ready to serve.
job, became a union member, and later to help them navigate immigration laws
a union organizer. A year ago, he took that over the last century have become
a job at Harvard University. His older increasingly labyrinthian and hostile. As
children have all completed college their immigration lawyer, I truly was
and are working, and his youngest is privileged to provide that missing link.
currently studying at Harvard.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MESSAGE FROM OUR BOARD PRESIDENT
Lori Londis Dwyer, Esq. Lori Londis Dwyer, Esq.
Vice President W e have all
organizations and managing people. He
has the experience and temperament to
guide the staff through this challenging
Warren Evans, CPA, MSA
constant is change.” phase. Hayden, Beth and the Board have
That is the palpable been working closely together since
Sara Stewart Hellstedt, Esq. reality at ILAP these Beth’s announcement to ensure ILAP stays
Secretary days. Our beloved completely on course when Beth departs.
Drew Anderson, Esq. founding Executive
Director, Beth Stickney, has bid us farewell The Board also voted in March to
Mama Oye Anoff Ntow
as she moves on to Italy and challenges accelerate the strategic planning process
Jennifer Archer, Esq. beyond. She will be deeply missed, but the that was already underway, ensuring the
Ivan Cardona, M.D. legacy left in her wake is a strong, vibrant completion of planning phase 1 by early
Diane Coit organization. July 2011. After lots of hard work over
recent weeks, the Board is on schedule
I have the privilege of serving as Board to complete phase 1. The information
Peter Landis, Esq. President during this change in leadership, coming out of the phase 1 work will
Riikka Morrill, Esq. and I am happy to report to you that since inform the search for our next Executive
Beth’s announcement, I have watched the Director.
Board, staff and volunteers take charge,
Sam Saltonstall treating this transition as an opportunity The Board has also created an Executive
Ron Stegall for ILAP to further define itself, grow, Director Search Committee, consisting
Caroline Teschke, M.D. and serve its core constituents. What of five board members, two community
I’ve seen these past few months gives me members and one ILAP staff member.
STAFF every confidence that ILAP is up to the The Search Committee has already
task. Here, I want to provide you with a held its inaugural meeting, and, with the
Hayden Anderson, CFRE
brief update on ILAP’s transition. help of a facilitator, has begun soliciting
Interim Executive Director
input from key constituents, revising the
Susan Roche, Esq. We have a detailed transition plan in place. Executive Director job description, and
Legal Director The Board took several important votes incorporating the elements of the Phase 1
Barbara Taylor, Esq. in March, just after Beth’s announcement, strategic plan into its work.
Staff Attorney to ensure a smooth change in leadership.
Jennifer Bailey, Esq.** First, we agreed that this transition will be a Finally, the Board has put in place a timeline
Staff Attorney deliberate process. We will do a thorough for completing the challenging work ahead.
and thoughtful search, which will adhere Using clear interim benchmarks, ILAP will
Noël Young, Esq. *
Asylum Coordinator to best practices and will be characterized have its Executive Director hired and in
by the openness and integrity that are the place by early 2012.
hallmarks of the organization.
In short, the Board has moved quickly
Muna Hassan As step one in the process, the Board and decisively to ensure ILAP’s future. I
Paralegal voted unanimously in March to offer am confident that this process will make
Rachel Watson Hayden Anderson, ILAP’s Development our strong organization stronger. The
Legal Program Associate Director, the job of Interim Executive ILAP Board and indeed the entire state of
Laura Simocko Director. Fortunately for ILAP, Hayden Maine owes a debt of gratitude to Beth for
Office and Development Associate accepted that offer and has agreed to creating and nurturing this organization.
lead the organization until a permanent We are committed to honoring Beth’s
Contract Somali Interpreter Executive Director is in place. Hayden service by ensuring that ILAP’s new
has done a tremendous job as ILAP’s Executive Director will continue ILAP’s
Development Director for more than tradition of excellence in serving the legal
*Admitted in MA; **Admitted in NY; Practices a year and a half now. He comes to the needs of the immigrant community.
limited to Immigration and Nationality matters. interim director position with a great
deal of experience leading nonprofit
STATE ISSUES: While little more than speechmaking has been happening on immigration reform at
the federal level in 2011, in Augusta, there has been substantial activity.
RECISSION OF GOVERNOR unionizing was approved along party charged with a crime. The bill would
BALDACCI’S EXECUTIVE lines by the committee and sent to the also have been an invitation to law
ORDER. On his first full day in full Legislature, where it was tabled, to enforcement officers to profile those
office, Governor LePage rescinded be revisited in 2012. ILAP and allies from deemed to “look” or “sound” foreign
his predecessor’s Executive Order out Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition and ask for their immigration papers.
(E.O.) whose creation in 2004 had (MIRC) will continue to oppose this bill. ILAP worked closely with MIRC
been spearheaded by ILAP with the partners including MCLU and NAACP
NAACP, Center for Preventing Hate, to educate the bill’s sponsor about its
and Tengo Voz. The E.O. prevented THE BUDGET: The Governor’s unconstitutionality, and the economic
State employees from asking about a proposed budget for 2012-2013 would and moral damage it would do to Maine.
person’s immigration status unless it eliminate immigrants’ eligibility for Our efforts resulted in the Maine State
was required under federal or state law. safety net public benefits, including Chamber of Commerce and the Maine
Gov. LePage represented inaccurately food supplements and MaineCare, Chiefs of Police Association standing
that by rescinding the E.O., he was during their first five years here, or ready to oppose the bill, which died
sending the message that the state must for disability benefits, until they have when the bill’s sponsor withdrew her
take care of “Mainers first”. Instead, he accrued 40 work quarters. While the support.
sent a message that Maine’s immigrants governor implied that such cuts would
who are simply accompanying a person save significant money, in fact, the State’s
to a state agency must be prepared own figures show that statewide, only 78 SIGN THE “MAINE COMPACT”:
to be asked invasive questions, as had individuals, all elderly and disabled, are Maine is not the only state where
been happening prior to Gov. Baldacci’s receiving state funded disability benefits, local politicians are trying to legislate
creation of the Executive Order. only 611 immigrants are receiving state immigrants and immigration. But
food supplements, and only 1554 adult immigration law is federal law, and legal
immigrants, fewer than a ½ percent of reforms must happen at the Federal, not
LD 1207: “THE DECOSTER all recipients, are using MaineCare. ILAP the State, level. The Maine Compact sets
BILL” Although that is not the bill’s joined with MIRC partner Maine Equal out principals to guide conversations
actual title, it should have been. The bill Justice to oppose these cuts, as overly around immigration issues in Maine,
proposed to eliminate overtime pay for harsh and economically short sighted. making clear that we need federal
workers at any egg production facility At this writing, final votes on the issue solutions that prioritize keeping families
with more than 300,000 laying hens have not yet occurred. together, that address our employment
– ie. the egg farm still referred to by needs, that respect immigrants and
most Mainers as “DeCoster’s”. By the ensure they are welcomed, and that let
egg farm’s representative’s testimony, LD 1496, THE “SHOW US YOUR local law enforcement resources focus
over 75% of the workers are Latino PAPERS” BILL: Inspired by Arizona’s on preventing local crimes rather than
immigrants, who work 60 hours a week harsh anti-immigrant bill, LD 1496 would on enforcing civil immigration laws. To
on average. That portion of the bill was have required anyone stopped in Maine sign on in support of these principles, go
killed. Another part of the bill that would for an offense, including traffic violations, to www.mainecompact.com .
eliminate the possibility of workers to provide proof of citizenship, or be
Celesoiree 2011 attracted its
largest crowd ever and featured
music and dance by Olas and
African drumming from Jordan
Benissan. See pages 8 and 9. Photo
by Arthur Fink.
Client Story: TRIBUTE TO BETH STICKNEY
Frederic and Sara AT THE MUSKIE FUND FOR
LEGAL SERVICES DINNER
by Staff Attorney Barbara Taylor, Esq.
“Frederic,” a dark-skinned, hard-working her do her petition to qualify Frederic Over drinks on a winter evening
young man from a small island nation, as the husband of a US citizen. Once that sometime in the early 90s, Beth Stickney
was working in a coastal Maine town as petition was approved, ILAP helped the and the Honorable Peter Darvin hatched
a chef. Although he came to the U.S. on couple file the complicated forms, fees, the idea that led to the creation of the
a valid employment visa, Frederic had evidence, and documentation needed Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, or
been laid off and had taken a new job. for Frederic to ask the Immigration ILAP. In 2000, Beth officially founded
He met “Sara,” a permanent resident, Judge to grant him legal residency at his ILAP in a cramped office on India Street.
and they fell in love. deportation hearing. As its founding director, Beth nurtured
ILAP through its early growing pains
In 2009, he and Sara were newly married After months of government delays, and the challenges that accompany
and walking down the street when a Frederic was overjoyed to receive an work in the non-profit sector. Beth’s
passing local police interim work permit. commitment to client service and
car did a U-turn, Although he came to the The restaurants compassion for her clients, coupled
pulled up beside them U.S. on a valid employment where he had cooked with her incredible work ethic, has
and demanded that were eager to have resulted in the ILAP we know today: a
Frederic prove his
visa, Frederic had been laid him back, and he was sturdy and purposeful organization that
immigration status. off and had taken a new job. relieved to be able to forms an essential part of the bedrock
Because he no longer work again. Finally, of Maine’s legal services community, and
worked for the employer that brought this spring at his deportation hearing, serves as Maine’s foremost authority on
him to the U.S., Frederic’s visa was with the help of his ILAP attorney and immigration law and policy.
invalid and he was put in deportation almost two years after he was profiled
proceedings. by the police, Frederic was granted Now – many years later – it is with
permanent residency, to the couple’s sadness and nostalgia that ILAP’s
Frederic and Sara were devastated joy and relief. Frederic and Sara have staff and Board of Directors must
and needed help. Through ILAP, Sara resumed their place as valued members bid farewell to Beth. For those of
learned that if she became a U.S. citizen, of their seaside community and are able you who do not already know, Beth
Frederic could apply for residency as her to plan a family and future together in is embarking on a new adventure
husband. ILAP worked with Sara to file Maine. in Italy, that is bound to be infused
for U.S. citizenship. Then, ILAP helped with espresso roast and Chianti, and,
knowing Beth, several new challenges
(i.e., the mastery of yet another foreign
ILAP by the NUMBERS language, immersion in the local culture
In 2010... and community, and important causes).
As she departs on her new adventure,
ILAP clients originated from 99 countries around the world Beth can take comfort in the fact that
she is leaving behind a vibrant legal
2800 Mainers received direct help from ILAP
services organization that has benefited
240 people attended our naturalization or Know Your Rights workshops and will continue to benefit everyone
in the State of Maine. Beth, the ILAP
Over 450 individuals received full legal representation through ILAP Board of Directors and Staff thank you
97% of applications for full representation clients were approved from the bottom of their hearts for
your bold idea, for your devotion, and
ILAP’s volunteer attorneys contributed 4860 hours for the literally thousands of hours you
have dedicated to bringing that idea to
Asylum was granted to 31 individuals fearing persecution
life and ensuring its continued success.
228 individuals were granted permanent residence in the U.S. We have all benefited from your work,
and you will be greatly missed. Buono
50 ILAP clients became new U.S. citizens viaggio!
Welcome to our New Staff THE
LAURA SIMOCKO joined ILAP in May as the Office and
Development Associate. She brings with her a commitment to
working in the non-profit sector and a passion for immigrant and
refugee empowerment and human rights. Laura recently returned
to Maine after several years living across the United States, West
Africa and the Caribbean. In her free time, she enjoys travel,
reading, hiking and playing with her two adorable cats.
Bienvenue to our summer law
student, Christina Brown Best
NOËL YOUNG, ESQ. joined ILAP in June as the Asylum wishes for success to Office &
Coordinator. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Noël Development Associate Emma
was a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and a Lockwood in her new business
member of the firm’s Asylum Practice Group. Noël is excited to PatternandPrint.com – we’ll
turn her passion for pro bono asylum representation into a full time miss her! . Hearty welcomes
career and looks forward to working closely with the Pro bono to clerical volunteer Solange
Panel. Noël enjoys cooking (and eating!) with her husband, reading, Kellerman, intake volunteers Lu
and walking her two Chinese Shar Peis on the beach. Gallaudet and Nonny Soifer, and
to returning forms assistance
volunteer Gail Kezer Hasta
luego to volunteer Zane Sterling,
Our New Board Members who left us for the mountains of
Montana Congratulations to
Sue Roche on her promotion
to Legal Director, and to Andi
DREW ANDERSON, ESQ. is a director at Murray, Plumb & Murray, Summers on being approved as
with a practice in real estate and corporate law. He is very involved an Accredited Representative by
in civic activities, having served on the boards of several Maine the Board of Immigration Appeals
institutions. Drew believes that immigrants are critical to Maine’s Many thanks to Bernstein
continued growth and looks forward to working with ILAP. He Shur for loaning us summer
lives in Portland with his family. associate Chris Raucher for a
month this summer Barbara
Taylor presented on relevant
immigration laws at a two day
“minimal standards” training for
Maine Commission on Indigent
RIIKKA MORRILL, ESQ. is an attorney withVerrill Dana in Portland, Legal Services defense and
with a strong background in international and immigration law.
juvenile attorneys in Bangor
Prior to attending law school, she worked at ILAP as a supervising
Andi Summers has been named
paralegal and is currently on the Pro Bono panel. She is thrilled to
to serve on the State Advisory
be involved with ILAP in this new capacity! Riikka lives in Portland
Committee on Bias-Based
with her husband.
to Hayden Anderson, ILAP’s
Development Director, on his
appointment as ILAP’s Interim
CAROLINE TESCHKE, M.D. is a British-born and educated Executive Director
physician and a naturalized American who has lived in the United
States for thirty years. She currently works in Public Health
(Infectious Disease) with the City of Portland and is committed
and passionate about promoting, encouraging and supporting new
immigrants to Maine. Caroline resides in Portland, is widowed and
has 3 grown children.
Pro Bono Immigration Panel Update
New Asylum Coordinator hired! you are an attorney on our Pro bono
ILAP has been overwhelmed by asylum panel who has not yet gone onto the
Help us fulfill seekers since late 2009. In response,
we have grown our panel of volunteer
site, contact Noël Young to request an
our nation’s attorneys by over 60% but still cannot
keep up with the requests for help. To Asylum cases granted. Congratulations
promise of expand the panel further, Noël Young
(see Meet the Staff on p. 6) has joined
to the following pro bono attorneys
who have won their clients’ asylum
liberty & ILAP to coordinate our asylum program,
including focusing on recruiting, training
cases since our last newsletter update:
Christine Bruenn, Cynthia Dresden, Lori
justice for all. and mentoring our pro bono panel. We
are excited at the prospect of expanding
Dwyer, Rita Farry, Maureen Keegan, Kyle
MacDonald, Jack Montgomery, Victoria
our capacity to serve asylum seekers Morales, Tom Trenholm, Anna Welch,
through Noël’s efforts. Rosie Williams, Joanna Wyman, as well
as ILAP’s Legal Director Sue Roche.
Website for our Pro bono Panel Twenty-three individuals from Burundi,
online donation Attorneys launched. Through the
tireless efforts of ILAP volunteer Lisa
Djibouti, the Democratic Republic
of Congo, Rwanda and Somalia are
today at Adams, J.D., ILAP now has a secure
web portal for our volunteer asylum
remaining safely in the U.S. through their
efforts, and can bring their spouses and
ilapmaine.org attorneys, where they can find country
conditions documentation, names of
children to join them here.
experts, relevant case law or asylum
developments, links to resources, and
other information to help them prepare
their client’s asylum applications. If
V O L U N T E E R P E R S P E C T I V E by Jill Welch
Each client has a unique story. Each clients, “I am your secretary for the day” at entry-level jobs such as housekeeping,
wants to become a United States citizen. and they smile at the incongruity. They fish processing, care-giving; citizenship
They have heart-wrenching histories have lost everything in their homeland will mean new work opportunities.
of years-long journeys to their new Some want other benefits of citizenship:
homeland. Mostly I deduce the details voting, participation in government.
of their heartaches when they answer
questions about their former addresses My clients are upbeat and positive.
in refugee camps or describe their They endure probing questions that I
firstborn child as “lost”. One woman am required to ask. Yes, they are willing
recounted that she was to have left the to give up their birth citizenship; yes,
refugee camp on 9/11/2001, to have her they can learn 100 questions about our
flight cancelled but happily reinstated at government; no, they are not royalty, a
a later date. nazi, a communist or a terrorist.
but are willing to put that life behind
My “Forms Assist” job at ILAP is usually them to embrace a new country. They enter my life for a couple of hours,
to help Legal Permanent Residents then continue their quest for citizenship
complete the N-400 Application for Their motives vary. Some want to bring without me. They are good people; they
Citizenship. It is not a complicated form, parents, left-behind children or siblings, will make fine citizens; they touch my
but is long and has to be completed in all of which will be easier once they are heart.
a precise way, necessitating help. I tell US citizens. Already they have worked
THANK YOU for making CeleSoirée 2011 a huge success!
This year’s event was our most successful ever, and it truly would not have
been possible without the contributions of dozens of artists, restaurants,
businesses, and dedicated volunteers.
With the combined support of more than 700 attendees and so many local
artists and businesses, ILAP raised $50,000, which will directly benefit our
work to provide legal assistance
and advocacy to Maine’s low-
CORPORATE SPONSORS OTHER SUPPORTERS
income immigrants. On behalf
of our clients, thank you. ADVOCATE Baker Newman & Noyes
Fairchild Semiconductor Cloutier Barrett
Maine Medical Center Curtis Thaxter
Mercy Hospital Mary Herman
Immigration Law Group
PHOTOS BY Arthur Fink FRIEND Gail Kezer
Allergy & Asthma Associates of Lee Auto Group
Bernstein Shur Elizabeth McLellan
Coffee By Design Kip Moore
Drummond Woodsum Norman Hansen & DeTroy
GG Direct Perkins Thompson
Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman Nan Sawyer
Lambert Coffin Caroline Teschke
Law Offices of Joe Bornstein Thompson & Bowie
Reben, Benjamin & March
Verrill Dana LLP EVENT COMMITTEE
CONTRIBUTOR Rachel Broadbent
CIEE Meg Bryan
Coastal Enterprises Inc. Kathy Degrandpre
L.L. Bean Joy Engel
Landis Arn & Jaynes, P.A. Riikka Morrill
Murray, Plumb & Murray Priya Natarajan
Pierce Atwood LLP Arlene Perdomo
St. Germain Collins Josh Smeltzer
TRSS Wealth Management, LLC Erin Tolan
AUCTION DONORS Lula Photography
Karen I Luse
Andrew Abbott Ed Lutjens
Allagash Brewing Lesley MacVane
Annie Stickney Design Maggie Bokor Jewelry
Anonymous Maine State Music Theatre
Arabella Salon & Day Spa David A. Marshall
Artist and Craftsman Supply John McCarthy
The Bakery Photographic David McLain
Collective Susana Measelle Hubbs
Jane Banquer Audrey Meyer
Carol Bass Daniel Minter
Bayside Bowl Nihoff Studio / Art / Shop
Jordan Bennisan Jack Nordby
Ariene Berman Old Granite Inn
Dave Berrang Old Port Wine Merchants
Bill Herbert Creations Page Eastburn O’Rourke
Paul Black Owls Head Transportation
Holly Brooks Museum
Izzy Burdick Nance Parker Handyman Rental
Elizabeth Burdick Peace by Piece Sea Jewels Jordan Benissan
Café Miranda Peg’s Pots, etc. Law Offices of Joe Bornstein
Rafael Clariot Don Peterson Alida Farrell
Kimberly Curry Cicy Po Dawn Fischer
Local Sprouts Catering
Ina Demers Sister Patricia Pora Meredith Freimer
Maine. The Magazine
dimensions in jazz Portland Sea Dogs Roz Gray-Bauer
Maine Home + Design
Suzanne Drown Portland Symphony Or- Rachel Greene
Maine Today Media
Earth & Soul Pottery chestra Tess Grossi
Olas Otto Pizza
Eli-Phant.com Norm Proulx Eric Handley
Leslie Oster Passage to India
Fabu Salon and Day Spa Howard T. Reben Melanie Harnden
Pandora LaCasse Designs Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Ferdinand Brian Reeves Brett Hellstedt
The Portland Company Rosemont Bakery
Arthur Fink Ribollita Oskar Hellstedt
Rainbow Construction Sabieng Thai Cuisine
Dawn Fischer Louise Rocha-McCarthy Sara Stewart Hellstedt
Auctioneer Howard Reben Saeng Thai House
Font & Fiction LLC Victor Romanyshyn Rachel Helm
Transformit Standard Baking
margaret ford Rosemont Market Susan Hopkins
Justin Van Soest Stonyfield Café
Fore Street Restaurant Weera “Bee” Saedan Margarita Ivanova
WCLZ Tandoor Restaurant
Elizabeth Fraser Sam Saltonstall Solange Kellerman
Zero Station Thanh Thanh II
Susan R. Geismar Richard Sandifer Anne Kemper
Jette Anne Glazer Valley Chinese Cuisine
Savoir Claire FOOD DONORS Austin Kessler
Judy Ellis Glickman Vientiane Eat In & Take Out
Kathie Schneider Peter Landis
Grapheteria Custom Framing Judy Segal 13th Cookie VOLUNTEERS Annie Laughton
Laurie Hadlock Anne Sibley O’Brien Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant Rich Leone
Hanah Silk Silly’s Aroma Authentic Indian Abukar Aden Margie MacDonald
Jamileh Jeanne Handy Simply Scandinavian Cuisine Isabel Agnew Raquel Martin-Burgos
Havana South Betsy Stout Aurora Provisions Lisa Agnew Judith McAllister
Brett Hellstedt Marc Swan Benkay Japanese Retaurant Maddy Agnew Matt McGee
Hot Suppa! Dd Swan and Sushi Bar Betsy Anderson Munye Mohamed
Elizabeth Hunter Ruth Sylmor Beth Stickney & Ken Kunin Drew Anderson Manning Morrill
ILAP Board of Directors TD Bank Beach to Beacon Bogusha’s Polish Restaurant Sue Anderson Riikka Morrill
Inn on Peaks Island 10K & Deli Mama Oye Anoff Ntow Priya Natarajan
Jen Burrall Designs Elliott Teel Bomb Diggity Bakery Jennifer Archer Hilary Niles
JMDunitz Studios Jan ter Weele Bonobo Pizza Cynthia Arn Audrey Pallete
Steven Jones Terra Cotta Pasta Co. The Cookie Jar Nyalat Biliew Arlene Perdomo
Teresa kaczynski Tim McLain Massage Fajita Grill Drew Boulous Shelby Perdomo
Kaitlyn Duggan Pottery TLC Therapeutic Massage FC Corporation Rachel Broadbent Victoria Perez
John Kaminski Meryl Troop Flatbread Company Meg Bryan Shafaat Qazi
Solange Kellerman Justin Van Soest Green Elephant Bistro Ross Burdick Kristin Rieff
Scott Kelley Andrea van Voorst van Beest Hi Bombay Willaine Cabal Chloe Rowse
Austin Kessler David Wade Jewel of India Mary Erin Casale Sam Saltonstall
Wendy Kindred Matthew Welch Katie Made Bakery Diane Coit Blanca Santiago
Kon Asian Bistro Deborah Whitney La Familia Sadie Cole Nellie Semmes
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