The Spirit of Giving

In honor of Giving Tuesday, we wanted to share some of the causes we’re pleased to support in our local community. The spirit of giving at The Nonantum Resort extends well beyond just the holiday season – it can be witnessed throughout the whole year. Here are some of the highlights we’re glad to share so far for 2015:
In June, our Innkeeper Jean Ginn Marvin and General Manager Tina Hewett-Gordon competed in the annual Tri for a Cure to raise money for the Maine Cancer Foundation.
Later in June, we were honored to host the inaugural Fishing for Freedom event with Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Cabela’s, the Libreti Rose II and 11 other local sportfishing boats for a tournament with 40 local veterans departing from The Nonantum’s marina. Read More
For Halloween, the talented kids of MaineStage Shakespeare put on a spooky, fun haunted house in some of our guestrooms. The event raised $250 in donations, which The Nonantum was pleased to match for a total of $500 to support local theatre.
Our sales team declared the month of November as Non-Profit Month at The Nonantum Resort. We waived the facility fee (up to a $1,000 value) for any local non-profit organizations to host their fundraiser, staff retreat, meeting or special event here without the extra overhead costs.
At Thanksgiving, our Innkeeper Jean and General Manager Tina once again thanked all our staff with turkeys and pies. Many then chose to donate their turkeys and pies to the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford to help feed the hungry during the holidays.
This week, Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude kicks off and The Nonantum will host numerous events throughout the two-week celebrations, many of which benefit local charities – including a Nutcracker Dinner Theatre to support River Tree Arts, a Cookie Crawl to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Gingerbread House Making to support the HB Fuel Fund, and a Craft Fair to support the Center for Grieving Children. View all of our holiday happenings here.
For our 6th Annual Fire & Ice event coming up, we’re pleased to again support the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel and Make-A-Wish Maine. Last year we were pleased to donate $5,000 to each charity. Many folks are surprised to hear that Fire & Ice is a charitable event. Indeed! In fact, this year we’ve added a new Thursday VIP Pre-Night and are partnering with the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital for this exclusive evening. More Details
Throughout the season, the Nonantum hosted a Benefit Breakfast series to support local non-profits including Hospice of Southern Maine, the United Way of York County, Community Outreach Services of the Kennebunks, Habitat for Humanity of York County and more.
We also make countless donations – both monetary and in gift certificates and sponsorships of local community non-profit events, including:

  • Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk
  • Arundel Historical Society
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine
  • Cape Elizabeth Family Fun Day
  • Franciscan Monastery
  • Friends of Maine Medical Center
  • Girl Scouts of Maine
  • Junior Achievement of Maine
  • KHS Project Graduation
  • Kennebunk Free Library
  • Kennebunk Land Trust
  • Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce
  • Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
  • Kennebunkport Historical Society
  • Maine Children’s Cancer Program
  • Maine Irish Heritage Center
  • Maine State Ballet
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • MJP Golf Tournament for Childhood Diabetes
  • Minuteman Senior Service
  • Portside Rotary
  • Ruth’s Reusable Resources for school supplies
  • Sea Road School
  • Seashore Trolley Museum
  • Share Our Strength
  • South Shore Support Services, Inc.
  • St. David’s Episcopal Church
  • The Birchtree Center
  • The New School
  • Thornton Academy
  • Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation
  • University of Maine football program
  • University of Southern Maine School of Music
  • Wayfinder
  • Warrior Canine Connection
  • WGBH Educational Foundation
  • Woodford Family Services
  • Yarmouth Education Foundation
  • York County Community College
  • YMCA of Sanford/Springvale
  • Zoo New England

If your local non-profit wishes to be considered for a 2016 donation or event sponsorship, please complete our online application and our committee will review your request.
We wish you all a blessed holiday season, and look forward to continuing to support so many worth initiatives in our community and throughout southern Maine in the coming season.