By Pam Harnden, Livermore Falls Advertiser
LIVERMORE/JAY — Community members are rallying to support Michael “Mike” Kennedy and his family with a benefit spaghetti supper, raffles and an auction on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the AMVETS Hall in Jay.
Meal tickets are $4 for children under 10 and $7 for all others. Cole slaw, Italian bread and desserts are included. AMVETS will have beverages for sale.
Many area businesses and individuals have donated items. Raffle tickets for items valued from $10 to $50 will be sold. A Silent Auction for higher valued items and a 50/50 will be held. Purchasers need not be present to win.
Tickets for a December Community Calendar Raffle will also be on sale for $10 each. The calendar features a different item or basket on each of the 31 days.
Mike’s sister, Renda Guild, said a bake sale will be held starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 17, at the Livermore town office. Calendar raffle tickets can be purchased there during business hours.
Mike is married to Evelyn and they have two children. One lives in Florida, the other New York. Mike and Evelyn are caring for their two grandchildren. He was first hospitialized in Bangor about a year ago. He is now in hospice.
His sister, Sue Langlin, said Mike has congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. He has a tracheostomy to help him breathe.
His father, Charles Kennedy of Livermore said, “Hospice told us two weeks ago he could go any day. He may make it to Christmas, but we were advised to have it early. This is his second time in hospice.”
Brother Charles Kennedy Jr. said, “Mike has lived in various places in the area. He lives in Auburn now to be closer to his doctors.”
Langlin said, “We’ve been working on this for a short time. Everyone has been so generous. Places that don’t usually donate have.”
AMVETs have donated the use of the hall. A local band, The Veggies, will be playing for a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Those attending the supper can stay with no charge.
“We’re very thankful to everyone for their support,” Langlin said.
For more information or to donate, call Guild at 931-7338.