While Anita touched millions internationally with her writing, she touched Union Church in a special and enduring way. In 2002, at Peter McPheeters’ invitation to speak at church, Anita read from Sea Glass, answered questions, signed books, and captivated those of us lucky enough to be present at the first event of what was to become our Summer Speaker Series, now in its seventeenth season. Since 2002, Anita and a dozen of her famous author-friends each transported our audiences and gave the series marquis status, attracting still more wonderful speakers.
In tribute to Anita, the series’ First Friend in every way, the church is fundraising for a scholarship for emerging writers, established in her name by Boston’s Grub Street, a creative writing center for story tellers of every genre. Thanks to Eileen Foley’s generosity, we’ll be raffling one of her original and stunning oil paintings of the harbor.
A copy of the painting will be on display and raffle tickets for sale following Sunday services beginning on July 1, and at speaker events, among other places. Raffle tickets will be sold by Jen Comeau, email@example.com, 207-229-4136, and Anita Coupe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-284-1273, or by clicking on the PayPal button below (a PayPal account is not required–most major credit cards accepted). Tickets are $10 each and 3 for $25, payable by cash or by check made out to Union Church. Checks can also be mailed to Union Church c/o Coupe, P.O. Box 322, Biddeford Pool ME 04006. Please include your printed name, telephone number and email address. The winning ticket will be drawn at the last speaker event, on Thursday, August 23; attendance not required to win. For more information, please contact Anita Coupe (above).
The Speakers for this year’s sold out Speaker Series, starting July 26th, can be seen here.