AUGUSTA — The Kennebec County Republican Party fundraising dinner was recently held at Francesca’s Restaurant in Hallowell. The dinner raised $850 for needy military families of Maine Marines, soldiers and sailors who are disabled, deployed, or unemployed upon their return home. Proceeds raised will help provide food, clothing, fuel assistance and toys for the children of 88 military families needing help to provide a Christmas.

Among the dignitaries present were combat veteran Curtis Ayotte or Farmingdale, House Representatives Deb Sanderson-R Chelsea and Corey Wilson-R Augusta, Maine Republican Party Chairman Rich Cebra, and retired Sergeant Major Mark Cater who is the head of the Military Assistance Center located at the Buker School in Augusta.

The Military Assistance Center, headed by retired National Guard Sergeant Major Mark Cater, provided emergency, casework and recreational support for disabled, deployed or unemployed soldiers and sailors across Maine.