AUGUSTA — Families of murder victims across the state are organizing a benefit supper to help create a memorial.
The Maine Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children have scheduled the fundraiser for Saturday at the Capital Area Technical Center, which is adjacent to Cony High School. Vicki Dill, a member of POMC, said there will be two seatings, one from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and another from 6 to 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the supper will be used to finish site work for a memorial that is expected to be erected later this month at Catholic Holy Family Cemetery off Townsend Road.
Arthur Jette, leader of the POMC Maine chapter, said at last fall’s groundbreaking that the memorial will serve as a place for grieving families to find solace and a quiet place for people to think about what we can do to prevent future murders.
Jette’s grandson, Treven Cunningham, was 21 months old when he was murdered in 1999 in Dexter.
The memorial will include up to 500 names of murder victims inscribed in black granite tablets. In between the tablets, a red granite centerpiece will feature the organization’s symbol, a red ribbon.
The granite base will be unpolished.
Families of murder victims across the state have submitted names to be included on the memorial, said Dill, whose 18-year-old sister, Debra Dill, was murdered in 1973. Names are still being accepted, she said. Applications to add names to the memorial will be available at the supper.
Chef Charles Izzi and his students in the Capital Area Technical Center’s Culinary Arts program will prepare the meals, which will include chicken casserole, homemade macaroni and cheese and lasagna as well as rolls and homemade desserts. Dunkin’ Donuts is supplying the coffee, Dill said. There will also be other fundraisers including raffles held during the meals.
Tickets for the supper are $7 for adults, $3.50 for children and $20 for a family. Tickets will only be sold at the door.
For information call Dill at 727-7221.
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