After June 16’s successful Bending Towards Justice concert June 16, Mimi Bornstein, founder and artistic director of the Midcoast Community Chorus, presented a $10,000 check to Margaret Micolichek, executive director, and Wendy Watson, development director, of the Restorative Justice Project, this year’s concert beneficiary. The title and theme of the concert was in part derived from the work of RJP and the Martin Luther King quote: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

Micolichek said her organization was appreciative and proud to have been selected as this year’s concert beneficiary, and its board and volunteers helped ushering, baking food for intermission and talking to concert goers about RJP. Watson, a chorus member, said singing with the group is such a joy, “with the added benefit of raising awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations that address social injustice and community needs, like the Restorative Justice Project.”

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is a community-based nonprofit working to promote fundamental change in the way our community and justice system deals with crime and wrongdoing. RJP is committed to transforming our punitive culture and making our communities safer by giving a voice, healing and support to victims and by holding offenders accountable while diverting them from court, jail and suspension or expulsion from school. For more information, visit

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