Great Escape Auction supports Maine youth who need a second chance at high school graduation

By Wayfinder Schools | Mar 23, 2022

Close to thirty midcoast businesses have come together to support Wayfinder Schools and their work with Maine teens who need a second chance at high school graduation. These businesses have donated dinners, overnights, outdoor adventures and more to Wayfinder Schools’ Great Escape Auction, online now through March 31. The auction features eight Maine escapes, including Escape to the Slopes, Escape to the Green, Escape to the Coast, Escape to the Half Shell, Escape to the Page, and Escape to The Great Outdoors.

Generous auction donors include Primo, Long Grain, King Eider’s Pub, Schooner Olad, 250 Main, Damariscotta River Cruises, Maine Kayak, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, The Shuck Station, Mook Sea Farm, Ann’s Book Bistro, Walpole Barn, The Artist’s Haven, Timbercliff Cottage, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop, Maine Sport Outfitters, The Farnsworth Museum, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, The Camden Snow Bowl, Equinox Guiding Services, Damariscotta River Writers, Jodi Paloni, Maine Lobster Designs, Smuggler’s Cove Oceanfront Inn, and Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort.

Additional auction donors include Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Susan Conley, Maine Huts & Trails, Wordlily Journals, and Migis Lodge. Sponsors of The Great Escape Auction include R.M. Davis, Machias Savings Bank, Lone Spruce, Clark Insurance, and Down East Magazine.

Wayfinder Head of Schools Martha Kempe said that Wayfinder is thrilled to have so much local support for this year’s auction. “We are so fortunate to be part of this community, with so many generous supporters who are committed to helping Maine youth succeed."

Wayfinder has been serving the midcoast region since 1973, and in 1994 they established their Passages Program for teen parents in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. Wayfinder now serves 65 Maine youth in eight Maine counties. More than half of their students are young parents, and all have faced significant challenges on their path toward graduation.

To learn more about the school, and to register for The Great Escape Auction, visit

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