A popular Augusta restaurant was recently told by the state to stop raising money for charities.
The Red Barn has raised more than $635,000 for a variety of people and organizations in need since 2009.
Laura Benedict, owner of The Red Barn restaurant, received a form letter last week from the Attorney General’s office saying the business lacked the proper state licenses to raise money for charities.
Attorney General Janet Mills paid a visit to The Red Barn over the weekend and told Benedict the letter should never have been sent. She apologized to Benedict and let her know she could proceed with her fundraising efforts.
Mills says the law is aimed at out-of-state professional fundraisers who keep most of the proceeds they raise for themselves.
“And that’s what this business has done and raised over $635,000,” Benedict said Monday. “A for-profit business giving money away I mean I got people scratching their heads. Really? But it works. It helps business and then we give the money back and then people come and give it to me and we give it back. I mean that’s what Maine’s all about. That’s how you live. That’s the way Maine should be.”
The Red Barn will host a fundraiser December 9 to benefit The Skating Alliance of Maine. You can get all the details on this and all their fundraising efforts by “liking” their Facebook page.
They’re now forming their own charitable foundation which will allow them to do even more fundraising in the future.