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Ronald Eby - the 2012 Mary Rines Thompson Award Winner

1:59 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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In 2006 Ronald Eby (Windham) raised $5,000 to sponsor a few families to attend Camp Sunshine, Sebago Lake's nationally-known camp for ill children and their families. But supporting Camp Sunshine became a way of life for Ron. Nearly seven years later, Ron has launched several successful, ongoing fundraisers, and has created lasting partnerships with other contributing organizations. His work has resulted in more than $250,000 in donations enabling five thousand children and their families (more than 20,000 individuals) to benefit from the respite of Camp Sunshine.

Ron has partnered with NAPA Auto Parts, Applebee's, Shaw's Supermarkets, the Gorham/Windham Firefighters, and others, all of whom give graciously to Camp Sunshine. Ron's fundraisers don't leave out the "fun," like his "raw egg snowmobile ride," winter Polar Plunge, and "Ron's Mexican Cantina," a real cantina serving Mexican food in Windham and nearby - all for the benefit of Camp Sunshine.

Ron contributes to the Windham community in many other meaningful ways: donating money and toys to provide Christmas gifts to almost 300 children, providing food and clothing to the Windham Food Pantry and Clothes Closet for the Needy, and revitalizing Windham's Summerfest. Ron is the founder and owner of Windham Automotive, among the most successful auto repair shops in Maine. He provides auto service to Camp Sunshine families at no charge. His nominator, Matthew Hoidal, relates that "Ron Eby is not like most people; he is an inspiration to all people and an appreciated friend and caregiver to so many."

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