Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 16

BY LINDSAY LAPRAD HUDNOR | TOP PHOTO BY CLAUDIA MURRAY | BOTTOM PHOTO BY KRISSY MAILMAN 10 years strong: Thornton Fund AUCTION Please join us at 5:30 p.m. on May 6, 2017 as we celebrate ten fantastic years of supporting education and building community at the 10 th annual Thornton Fund Auction. This special event is an exciting way to bring the greater Saco community together to support the Thornton Academy student experience in every way possible. This year promises to be the best yet! This year, the live auction will feature exciting escapes such as “A Day at Fenway,” “Summer Sugarloaf Stay,” and a “New York City Getaway.” Another exciting addition to the auction is from Charles Thompson, a local artist, University of New England professor, and current Thornton Academy parent. Charles has donated two of his beautiful plein air oil landscape paintings, “Saco Yacht Club” and “Mid Winter.” This special event would not be possible without the support of the Thornton Academy Auction Committee and dedicated volunteers. This group of amazing individuals help make TA’s largest fundraising event a success year after year. Trustee Bill Kany ’77 has been involved with the Thornton Fund Auction from the very start and currently serves as the event’s auctioneer. Bill shares, “Over ten years ago, a professional development company advised Thornton to stay away from special fundraising events as they felt that such events tend to detract from other annual fund efforts. The Board chose to ignore that advice and TA’s annual auction and raffle were born. Over the last ten years, thanks to the support of our alums and area businesses, along with an incredibly dedicated core of volunteers, the auction has become a significant contributor to the annual fund while establishing itself as an event that people look forward to every year. The auction is an incredibly fun night that provides an opportunity for attendees to reconnect while supporting all of the wonderful developments at TA. Our 10 th should not be missed.” Bill Kany ’77 Planning for the Thornton Academy’s Career Center hosted its first annual Career Expo on February 1, 2017 in coordination with the annual Academic Expo. Several alumni shared insight into their professions with current stude nts, representing a wide array of companies including L.L. Bean, Unum, Saco Parks and Recreation, Sodexo, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Jim Godbout Plumbing, Hannaford, Home Depot, and WMTW. Linda Roth and Linda Verville manage TA’s Career Center from within Hyde Library on Thornton’s campus. The Center prepares students for the future workforce after high school, tailoring programs to meet the needs of students who want to immediately start working upon graduating and students who would like to pursue a higher degree at a college, university, or technical school. The Center develops partnerships with businesses, facilitates internship opportunities, and arranges job shadows for various fields, including STEM (Science-Technology- Engineering-Math) occupations. Students can also receive assistance with resumé development and the “soft” skills of decision-making, problem-solving, dependability, and team player dynamics that employers seek. The Career Center would love to partner with more alumni! Please contact Linda Roth at linda.roth@ or Linda Verville at linda.verville@thorntonacademy. org to discuss how you can make a difference in helping current students prepare for their futures. Please visit the Thornton Fund Auction website ( to review a list of our current sponsors and auction items and to purchase event and raffle tickets. Good Shepherd Parish donates to help students in need 16 Good Shepherd Parish raised more than $1,200 for Thornton Academy’s Headmaster’s Student Assistance Fund during their annual “Souper Bowl of Caring.” The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national campaign that collects donations during Super Bowl weekend to help fend off hunger. More than 30 parishioners, mostly youth, gathered donations after mass by holding up soup pots. Josh Houde, Youth Minister for Good Shepherd Parish, learned about Thornton’s Headmaster’s Student Assistance Fund through his youth members who are TA students. “We are glad that our donation to Thornton will be able to help students obtain meals and other necessities that the Headmaster’s Fund provides for them,” said Josh. Back Row: Jackie Parent ’14 , Lynn Belanger ’77, Kevin Lombard ’83, Erika Dube ’97, Shari Menard Lambert ’86, Lyssa King ’13, Davis Jacques ’08, Marina Purcell ’16. Front Row: Paige Morin ’16, Tyler Cadorette ’12, Krissy Mailman ’04, Jim Godbout ’80, and Calle Jackman ’10. STORY & PHOTOS BY EMMA DEANS 17