Lori Bourgeois: a happy marriage of compassion and action

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There is often disbelief among those we serve: a confusion, almost, about why strangers reach out to help those they may never meet. American generosity is a phenomenon. We are often ranked number one in the world for giving. Why? One theory is that winning the David and Goliath battle for freedom against the British in the Revolutionary War fuels our fondness for the underdog. Regardless of the reason, we are pleased to share with you the generosity of Lori Bourgeois, owner of At Last...Salon & Day Spa in Brunswick, Maine. Each year Lori selects an organization to support through a silent auction event in her spa. She canvasses the community and gathers a fabulous array of items from local, philanthropic business owners and managers. 

This year we were THRILLED to learn that Lori had selected Universal Promise, and just yesterday we received the fruits of her labors: $1,606! The entirety of those funds will go straight to our Vusumzi Primary School Library Fund, which will bring a first-ever facility, with 1,000 books per grade level, to a community craving access to books.

To Lori and all her partners-in-goodness UP in Maine, we thank you for supporting our mission of education for all, and for shedding light on the ripple effects of kindness on children-in-need. Thank you, MAINE!