Most people start the year with a pledge to improve themselves in some way. Rick Litchfield and Bev Davis, owners of the Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, ME, started 2010 with a different kind of resolution. On January 1, Captain Lord Mansion pledged to donate a dime for each guest who stays at the Captain Lord Mansion from January 1 - October 31, 2010 as part of a campaign they call “A Dime for Time”. The Dime for Time funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and research programs at the culmination of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Yet, there is a twist: If the guest has visited once before, the dime is doubled. If the guest has visited 20 times, the dime is multiplied by 20. In short, the pledge comes from the number of visits they’ve had multiplied by 10-cents. If a guest has had 30 prior visits, the donation is $3.00 for that guest. After 31 years of owning the Captain Lord Mansion, Litchfield and Davis know that the contribution for most guests is multiplied by at least five, and up to 80 times for some guests!
The Dime for Time campaign was kicked off on New Year’s Eve with a pledge of $500 from Litchfield and Davis, representing approximately a dime for every guestroom booked in 2009. Guests are encouraged to contribute to the fund throughout the year too, and many have doubled, tripled or quadrupled the donation made by Rick and Bev.
The campaign was created in honor of Bev Davis’s sister, who died of breast cancer. During the 2009 October Breast Cancer Awareness month, the notion of helping others with breast cancer spurred the idea to create this campaign. “We think one of the most meaningful wishes a breast cancer survivor has is for time; time to spend with their families and time to enjoy the rest of their lives,” said Rick Litchfield. “This campaign will allow Captain Lord Mansion and its guests to contribute throughout 2010, allowing each person to make a difference, or to honor someone they know who has been touched by breast cancer” finished Litchfield.
The Dime for Time program will culimate the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 19-21) when breast cancer survivors will be offered a complimentary two-night stay at the Captain Lord Mansion. Those wishing to be considered for free stays will register on the Captain Lord Mansion Facebook page in September, 2010. Each breast cancer survivor who is selected for this weekend at the inn will receive a complimentary two-night stay, chair massages and attendance at a reception where Captain Lord Mansion will present the check to the AmericanCancer Society for funds raised through the Dime for Time program.
Very few people have the luxury of saying that breast cancer has not affected someone they know or love. This Mother's Day, why not consider the gift of relaxation for your Mom so that she too can be included and offer a dime for time for women with breast cancer? Simply call Captain Lord Mansion to request your gift certificate for a relaxing stay for Mom that will help others too.
If you go:
Captain Lord Mansion, Pleasant and Green Streets or PO Box 800, Kennebunkport ME 04046-0800, 1-800-522-3141
The Captain Lord Mansion is a premier bed and breakfast inn located in the heart of Kennebunkport, Maine. Combining luxury amenities with spa services, an extensive gift and wine shop, beautifully appointed guest rooms and haute hospitality, all within Southern Maine’s extensive beaches and recreation, Captain Lord Mansion is the ideal choice for romantic get aways and celebration vacations. An AAA four diamond rated inn for 29 years, a 2009 Top 30 Small Hotels choice by Condé Nast Traveler readers and a 2009 Fodors Choice Selection, the Captain Lord Mansion takes its place among New England’s most distinctive inns. Recently joining BedandBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection, Captain Lord Mansion offers distinctive surroundings for sophisticated travelers. For more information on Captain Lord Mansion, visit www.captainlord.com or call 800-522-3141 to order Captain Lord Mansion gift certificates.