“Serving to End Hunger — Year 15,” the annual tennis/pickleball in-person event held at Midcoast Recreation Center, was not able to be played due to the pandemic, but that certainly did not stop the spirit of giving.

In fact, this year’s fundraiser raised more money for global, state, and local agencies than in years past, said Seth Meyer, MRC tennis director.

The tennis and pickleball players, as well as families, friends, and the Midcoast community contributed generously, he said.

"The Meyer and Chase families are grateful for this outpouring of contributions and the assistance of Craig Wilson, director of Midcoast Recreation Center, as part of its mission to support local needs," Meyer said.

The total amount raised, including matching funds is more than $31,000 — despite no event due to COVID-19. And we are continuing to accept donations as they come, Meyer said.

The agencies receiving donations are: (Global) ELCA World Hunger, (state) Good Shepherd Food Bank, and (local) AIO. AIO also was the recipient of 175 pounds of food and household items collected by the staff of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Camden.

"We look forward to resuming the in-house tournaments in 2021," Meyer said. "After 15 years of 'Serving to End Hunger,' we are continually amazed by and grateful for the strong support of the community in this effort. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

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