2018 Auction Photos

Thank you to all of our wonderful auction sponsors, donors, and attendees! This year’s auction was amazing. Take a look..maybe you’ll spot someone you know, or even yourself! 

Photos courtesy of www.robertakersphotography.com and James Hardman Photography/@jhardman87.


Special Guest & Honoree: Long-time Museum & Theatre friend Maddy Corson

Exclusive Beverage Sponsor: Coffee By Design

Gold Sponsors: Gorham Savings Bank, MEMIC, Spectrum Healthcare Partners

Silver Sponsors: Benchmark Residential and Investment Real Estate, Cross Insurance, Ducas Construction, Hands On! Studio, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, New England Cancer Specialists, Pro Search, Inc., Southern Maine Pediatric Dentistry, Zachau Construction

Bronze Sponsors: Baker Newman Noyes, Bruner/Cott & Associates, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists of Maine Medical Center, Fidelity Investments, F.W. Webb, Gebhardt Property Management, Industrial Roofing Companies, LandVest, Pine State Services, Seabee Electric

Thank you to our auctioneer: John Bottero of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Musical Entertainment: MAMMoth Brass Band

Bar Sponsors: Allagash Brewing Company, Maine Beer Company, Maine Mead Works, Spindrift, Stroudwater Distillery, Zonin

Dessert Sponsors: Bernie’s Foreside, Urban Sugar

Gift Bag donors: Allagash Brewing Company, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, L.L. Bean, Inc., Rainbow Toys, Saco & Biddeford Savings, Shipyard Brewing Company, Southern Maine Pediatric Dentistry

In-Kind Sponsors: Burr Signs, Robert Akers Photography, Transformit, Unified Parking Partners

Vendors: AV Technik, LLC, The Bread & Butter Catering Co., Brick South, One Stop Event Rentals, Moonlighting Production Services

Food Courtyard Options: Brûlée Bike, Highroller Lobster Co., Mr. Tuna, Rock n Roll Hot Dogs



Jacob’s Penguins


A community art project in loving memory of Jacob Thompson

If you’ve been to the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine recently, you may have noticed our collaborative art gallery hung along our stairwell walls. As you head up to our second floor, you’re greeted by a giant 4-foot penguin sculpture, which has a very special meaning behind it.

This piece of art was created with over 500 cards received by 9-year-old Jacob Thompson, who upon receiving news of his terminal illness, requested Christmas cards from the community. This request was met with overwhelming support from around the world, receiving 300,000 individual cards and another 300,000 homemade cards sent in from schools, communities, church groups, sports teams, and other groups. Many of the cards featured Jacob’s favorite animal: penguins.

The collaborative art piece, Live Like a Penguin, can be viewed at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine during normal business hours through May. The Museum & Theatre has additional cards received by Jacob and is hoping to create more penguin collages in the future. Keep an eye on our events calendar if you’d like to be a part this meaningful community art project.

About the Artwork
Title: Live Like a Penguin
In Loving Memory of Jacob Thompson
Artist: 100 Museum & Theatre visitors
“Jacob Thompson fought a courageous battle with neuroblastoma for four years and in Fall 2017, he made the simple request for the community to help him celebrate Christmas by sending cards. Thousands of complete strangers sent Christmas cards to Jacob at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Jacob loved penguins. Jacob and his family were inspired to “Live Like a Penguin,” meaning, “be friendly, stand by each other, go the extra mile, jump into life, and be cool.” We hope this piece inspires you to learn more about neuroblastoma, help a penguin rescue group, or simply give someone you love a big, penguin hug.”
Materials: A small portion of the Christmas cards sent to Jacob at Maine Medical Center, tempera paint, cardboard, glue

In the News
You can read more about Jacob and his family’s story through the following links: