Maine Hockey Journal

Pirates bring back its charitable foundation

Portland_Color_(8050938380)Since becoming majority owner of the Portland Pirates, Ron Cain, along with chief operating officer Brad Church, have made a concerted effort to distance themselves from the last ownership regime.

It began this summer when they reached out to players from the 1994 Calder Cup championship team, and it continues as they reached out to other former players that played for the Pirates under the Capitals, Sabres and Ducks affiliations.

Cain and Church unveiled a new initiative on Wednesday as the Pirates re-introduced the Portland Pirates Foundation, which will represent the philanthropic arm of Portland Pirates, LLC.

The foundation has been reestablished as an active 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will allow the Pirates reach out and take part in community initiatives.

“As a leader in the community, we embrace the ability to provide support for the various charitable organizations in and around Portland. The Foundation will provide another opportunity to create a better life for all in need of our support,” said Pirates owner Ron Cain.

The Portland Pirates Foundation was originally established in 1993 when the late Tom Ebright moved the Baltimore Skipjacks to Portland. The foundation was active until 2011 according to IRS Form 990-N.

The first recipient of the Pirates’ Foundation will be Camp Sunshine, which is located in Casco. The Pirates held its first-annual Charity Golf Tournament in July, raising $10,000, and involved several members of the 1994 Calder Cup championship team.

Portland will present its donation to Camp Sunshine at their home opener on Oct. 11 against the Providence Bruins.

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