Prime’s support benefits many fine local causes

In its seven-plus years in Maine, Prime Motor Group has become renowned for its support for many community causes.

Recent highlights include Prime’s giving a boost to Jobs for Maine Graduates, Alzheimer’s Association, Dream Factory of Maine, Grahamtastic Connection, Thornton Academy, Southern Maine Pride and Sweetser.

Soon, Prime will be helping out with several golf tournaments: the Muscular Dystrophy Mini Golf Tournament, the Southern Maine Medical Center Golf Tournament, and the Counseling Services Inc., Golf Tournament. Look for upcoming news on other Prime beneficiaries, including Young Maine Readers, Circus Smircus and the American Cancer Society.

That’s not a complete list, but it’s an impressive one. Prime owner Ira Rosenberg reflected on the company’s dedication to helping out:

“First, I just want to say that we’re so grateful to the surrounding communities for their support, and that we’re extremely proud to be a working partner with so many great causes. In the past four months we’ve enjoyed being part of eight charitable events and making numerous donations to nonprofits.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be in aposition to give back, and Prime looks forward to helping many other organizations along the way,” Rosenberg said.

Prime recently treated 100 of its employees and their families to a Portland Sea Dogs game on a 73-degree summer evening at Hadlock Field.

Prime Honda Sales Manager Mark Andrews did an interview with the play-by-play announcer, and Prime held a freedrawing for an Apple iPad 2. The winner was Hannah Gagnon of New Hampshire. A great time was had by all, and the home team beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 8-4.

Here’s a quick look back at a few of Prime’s recent community activities:

Prime became the official sponsor of Grahamtastic Connection, which supplies laptops to hospitalized children.

Said Leslie Morissette, Grahamtastic founder/executive director: “We are thrilled to have Ira and Judy Rosenberg and Prime Motor Group as our official sponsor. Fund-raising has been difficult in this economy; requests have more than doubled with many families struggling financially. Prime’s support will allow us to continue our mission connecting kids when their world is out of reach.”

Also in June, Prime helped Southern Maine Pride celebrate its birthday. “Alive With Pride at 25” was the theme of the parade and festival in Portland.As a major sponsor, Prime made a $500 cash donation, provided vehicles and even T-shirts, and more than two dozen Prime employees marched in the downtown parade.

Prime was a major sponsor of The Sweetser Prime Motor Group Classic Golf Tournament. The event at Dunegrass in Saco saw two teams from Prime participating. Prime pledges $10,000 to the tournament every year, and furnishes mental health services provider Sweetser with a vehicle to use year-round.

Prime got into the giving spirit at another golf tournament, too: the Forget Me Not Days Golf Outing to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, held at Willowdale in Scarborough.

“Everyone has family and friends whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” Rosenberg commented.

“It’s a good example of the type of cause we like to support, because we see first-hand how important it is in the lives of our employees, our clients, and the communities we all live in.”

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