HOLDEN – October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and last month the Holden Police Department had a unique way to raise money for Sarah’s House that they presented Tuesday…
It’s not every day Holden, Maine gets a shout-out out on national TV. But that’s what happened when Fox News anchor Dana Perino won a Holden police badge.
“This is chief of Holden police and this raffle benefited Sarah’s House in Holden,” said Perino while on an episode of The Five.
Holden police raffled off the pink badge to raise money for Sarah’s House, a home away from home for families to stay at while their loved ones undergo cancer treatment.
“I knew that I could not put my own name in or a family member’s name, that would not look good if the chief won the badge,” said Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley. “So I sort of threw random names in there of famous people, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Perino.”
On Tuesday, Chief Greeley presented $159 from the raffle to Sarah’s House.
Senator Susan Collins was also there to add a contribution.
“So many people coming from Aroostook County,” said Sen. Collins about the people who come to Sarah’s House. “Particularly in the winter months, that can be a treacherous, long, difficult drive. And the last thing they need is to worry.”
The executive director of Sarah’s House, Delores Landry, said it’s not so much about the amount of money but getting the word out about what they do.
“We have a beautiful place here for people to stay and so we just need to get the word out for the people in the rural parts of Maine who maybe don’t know yet,” said Landry.
There are nine rooms at Sarah’s House, that have been used to house people from 15 of the 16 counties in Maine.
Sarah’s House is named for Sarah Robinson, whose own battle with cancer gave her the idea of a hospitality house for families with similar stories.
Those at the house said Holden police’s raffle was a good way to get her mission out there.
“I thought it was like the Fox local news so I’m on your website trying to find it and they’re like ‘no national!’, so it was pretty cool,” said Landry.