ELLSWORTH - Ellsworth community members are rallying together to help an area couple that is known for giving back.
Scott and Holly Lounder have both been diagnosed with late stage chronic Lyme disease. They are unable work, and the medical bills are stacking up.
They are the proud owners of a local martial arts academy, and for years have encouraged their students to support other area non-profits.
"Every year they have the students do a fundraiser for another non-profit in the community, and that was really unique to me," said Ellen Stanley, a mother of a martial arts student. "A lot of kids earn money for themselves or their trips, but our kids learn at Ellsworth ATA to raise money and have fun raising money for other organizations. So my hope is that we can give something back to this family in their time of need."
"Two years ago when I had cancer, the Lounders were very, very motivational for me and really involved in planning meals for me when I was sick," said Jamie Reid, a librarian at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School. "So it's a really good time for me to pay it forward."
So mark your calendars, the Sweets and Shows event to benefit the Lounder family is happening Monday, March 3rd at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School. From 6 to 7 p.m, there will be a candy and ice cream sundae bar with performances by the show choir, jazz band, and cheer squads.
Admission is by donation.
If you can't make the event next month, monetary donations are being accepted now.
Send donations to:
The Lounder Family Fund
c/o Bar Harbor Bank and Trust
P.O. Box 269
125 High Street Ellsworth, ME