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Maine Maritime Academy Annual Gala, A Night by the Bay, Set for March 16th

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) will host its seventh annual “A Night by the Bay” fundraising event to benefit student scholarship, student services, and academic programs on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The event - an evening of dinner, live music, and live and silent auctions - will be held at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland beginning at 6p.m. Guests at the event may bid on exciting items and travel excursions ranging from an overnight stay on Star Island, Isles of Shoals (N.H.) to Red Sox tickets with members-only restaurant access. Two Bass Jon will provide live dinner music and then turn it up for dancing.  Dress for the event will be cocktail attire.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour featuring a silent auction.  Bidding for silent auction items will continue through the early part of the evening.  A seated dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. The live auction will kick off at 8:30p.m. with bidding on a day cruise aboard the Academy’s historic schooner, Bowdoin; Skybox seats for a Portland Sea Dogs game; a two-night stay with golf package at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME; and a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston with an overnight stay.

A Night by the Bay is generously presented by Cianbro Corporation, one of the east coast’s largest construction and construction service companies. Ocean Properties, Ltd., a leading resort management firm and supporting sponsor, is joined by event sponsors Strategic Maintenance Solutions, Inc., Harriman Architects + Engineers, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and Camden National Bank.

All auction items, including unique vacation and recreation adventures, are made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends of the college. According to organizers, many attendees in the past have joined forces in advance to establish a team plan for bidding. Clever strategists often bid on items that may not be approachable for individuals.

Tickets for the event are limited and are available by advance reservation for $80.00 per person or $600.00 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets please visit, or contact Jessica Hosford at 207-326-2470 during weekday business hours.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. For more information, visit

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