Giving their all
MBTA Fall Convention raises $35,000 for Infrastructure Fund and scholarships
At the annual MBTA Fall Convention, MBTA members, family and friends gave their all for a good cause. More than 200 convened at the Harborside Hotel & Marina in Bar Harbor for two days of activities and transportation talk September 18-20, 2009.
“We are so lucky to have so many leaders from the business and community who give their all to the MBTA and show their support for the future of transportation in Maine,” said Debbie Dunlap Avasthi who served as this year’s convention committee chair and the weekend’s emcee.
The convention had its official kick-off at the lively Grand Opening Reception, sponsored by Chadwick BaRoss and Volvo. After dinner that evening, members got down to business at the annual MBTA Live Auction led by Ed Keenan of Keenan Auction Company. MBTA’ers bid on everything from heavy equipment rentals to a highly prized tuna fishing trip with Phil Grondin (he knows how to catch the big ones!) – and raised nearly $29,000 to support MBTA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of safer, more efficient transportation infrastructure in Maine.
Despite the late night Friday, conventioneers were out on the course at the Kebo Valley Golf Club for an early morning scramble start.
The golf tournament at Kebo, a gorgeous old course carved out of the challenging terrain of Mt. Desert Island, marked the beginning of an action-packed day. There was a sea kayaking expedition in Frenchman Bay, walking and bus tours of historic Bar Harbor and an expedition to a local winery and brewery for tastings and a tour.
After a delicious luncheon buffet, there was cribbage, of course. The annual tournament was again chaired by the Maine Turnpike Authority’s Paul Violette, who presided over victory, defeat and fun at the Harborside’s club house.
The back lawn of the club house was the site of the annual bocce ball tournament. That competition drew an enthusiastic crowd of MBTA’ers who competed under the watchful eye of tournament chair Tom Biegel of Shaw Brothers Construction.
The weekend was capped by an evening reception sponsored by the Hudson Asphalt Group and the annual silent auction that raised more than $4,000 for the infrastructure fund and the raffle, that raised more than $2,500 for the MBTA Educational Foundation.
“This has been a challenging year for the transportation industry, yet everyone has been incredibly generous in supporting this event and the causes it supports,” said event chair Avasthi.
Tournament awards & prizes
First place: John Wardwell, Damon Gray, Shawn Trojano, John Wardwell (the younger)
Second Place: Dan Healy, Darby Ludden, Mike Dow, John Byers
First Place-Mixed Foursome: Bruce Manzer, Crystal Manzer, Mike Marriner, Sheila Marriner, Jean Bridges
Closest to Pin-Women (drawing): Jo-Anne Ford
Closest to Pin-Men: Matt Gill
Longest Drive-Women: Jean Bridges
Longest Drive-Men: Scott Leach
First place: Tom Biegel and Tom Brady
Second place: Carolyn and Hannah Bess
Third place: Eleanora Ring and Penny Pierce
First place: Craig Shorey and Red Rancourt
Second place: John Pierce and Paul Knox
Third place: Paul Violette and Deb Rancourt
“Booby” prizes: Wayne Salter and Al Bridges; Kris Biegel and Mary Bess
$500: Jean Beaudette
$250: Kevin Pyle
$150 L.L. Bean gift certificate: Chip O’Brien
Maggie Pierce, Paul Moore, Jean Bridges, Lauren Carrier, Doug Davidson, Ken Anderson, Malissa Moore, Paige Lane
MBTA 70th Trivia Challenge
Thank you, Convention Committee!
Chair: Debbie Dunlap Avasthi, Willis HRH
Members: Paul Beaudette, Nortrax Equipment Co., LLC; Dick Cadigan, Milton CAT; Lauren Corey, Macdonald Page & Co LLC; Greg Dore, Maine Chapter APWA; Roxanne Frenette, Maine Turnpike Authority; John Harbottle, The Rowley Agency, Inc.; Larry Hutchins, Tri State Materials; Tom Martin, NITRAM Excavation & General Contractors, Inc.; Randy Mace, R. C. Hazelton, Inc.; Bruce Manzer, Bruce A. Manzer, Inc.; Tharryn Smith, Cianbro; Joel Wardwell, The Lane Construction Corporation
Bocce Ball: Tom Biegel, Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc.
Cribbage: Paul Violette, Maine Turnpike Authority
Golf: Gary LaPierre, The Rowley Agency, Inc.
Auctioneer: Ed Keenan, Keenan Auction
Special thanks to the following convention sponsors:
CHADWICK BAROSS & VOLVO
Saturday Evening Reception
Entertainment & Event Sponsors
THE LANE CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION
MAINE TURNPIKE AUTHORITY
Luncheon & Beverage Sponsors
NITRAM Excavation & General Contractors
Shaw Brothers Construction
T. Y. Lin International
R. C. Hazelton, Inc.
Irving Oil Commercial GP
Macdonald Page & Co LLC
Bruce A. Manzer, Inc.
Portland International Jetport
The Rowley Agency, Inc.
Wyman & Simpson, Inc.
Berkley Surety Group
H. O. Bouchard, Inc.
Down East Emulsions, LLC
East Jordan Iron Works
GHM Insurance Agency
Jordan Equipment Co.
The Louis Berger Group
Maine Drilling & Blasting, Inc.
Everett J. Prescott, Inc.
Sebago Technics, Inc.
Skillings-Shaw & Associates
Tri State Materials
White Bros., Inc.