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Hannaford Supermarkets Continues Tradition as Presenting Sponsor for the 2023 Greater Lakes Region

Brian Burns, Mike Capsalis, Joel Lloyd, Troy Cone, Melissa Dutile, Larry Poliquin, Jean-Marie Beauchmin, Joe Gentile, Tim French

The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction is thrilled to announce that Hannaford Supermarkets is committed to serve as presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive year for the 2023 Children’s Auction.

“Hannaford has been a loyal supporter of the Auction for more than 20 years, donating funds, items and employee volunteer hours, and we are grateful and honored that the organization continues to rise to the challenge of leading the way as our presenting sponsor,” said Jennifer Kelley, executive director of the Children’s Auction.

In addition to providing much-needed funding, Hannaford offers support to the Auction by providing volunteers. Larry Poliquin, store manager in Bristol, has been heading up staff teams for the Auction for roughly 30 years, as long as he has worked at Hannaford.

He is also a board member and a member of the Distribution Committee; he and seven other committee members read all the grant applications and make recommendations on distribution. Hannaford also staffs a phone bank, complete with its very own Grinch.

“Hannaford has a strong tradition of supporting many deserving and worthwhile community organizations, and we are grateful to be a part of the communities we serve,” said Poliquin. “In partnership with organizations like the Children’s Auction, we can continue to impact our primary focus areas: hunger relief, health and wellness, and child development and families.”

Learn more about the Auction at

Hannaford Supermarkets operates 186 stores in the Northeast, most with full-service pharmacies. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All are committed to offering great fresh food, convenient experiences and everyday low prices. Hannaford also is an active and committed community partner—focusing on fighting hunger, supporting youth development, and helping people live healthier lives. Hannaford is an industry leader in sustainability with a strong commitment to reducing waste and protecting the environment. Hannaford diverts or donates all food at risk of going to waste—sending no food to landfills. In 2022, Hannaford donated 25 million pounds of food to hunger relief organizations and prevented 65 million pounds of food waste from reaching landfills. Hannaford employs nearly 30,000 associates and is based in Scarborough, Maine. Additional information can be found at

Numerous fundraising events in the Lakes Region throughout the year support the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, including our four-day signature event every December. In the past four decades we have distributed more than $8 million to over 80 nonprofits that serve low-income families and children in the Lakes Region, all through volunteer efforts, community donations and corporate sponsorship. The Auction falls under the umbrella of the Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps local community organizations that serve children and families in need. For more information about the Auction, the nonprofits it supports and how you can help visit our website.


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