Whether it’s in English or Ukrainian, we owe a huge debt of gratitude and thanks to The School House 1913 restaurant. Their generosity was the keystone upon which Harpswell Supports Ukraine was built.

We met with School House General Manager Chris Gardner and Executive Chef Joe Arena to discuss having the event at the School House. Without a pause, they offered the restaurant, at no cost, and also said they’d contribute Ukrainian hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks. Even their staff said they’d donate their time.

That set in motion planning for Harpswell Supports Ukraine. With more than two dozen terrific volunteers and many Zoom meetings, flyers and emails, the fundraiser became a reality in only three weeks.

We raised more than $38,000 for World Central Kitchen, Save the Children (Ukraine) and Direct Relief Ukraine. We were bowled over by the generosity of folks in Harpswell, area communities, and even friends and family in other states.

Thank you to everyone who gave of their time and money to help Ukraine. None of us can believe there is a war in Europe after the brutality of World War II.

Unfortunately, history does repeat itself.

Jerry Klepner & Connie Sage Conner, Harpswell