ARUNDEL — On Wednesday July 10, Maine Humorist Gary Crocker and the CIEE House Band, winner of the Maine Academy of Modern Music Corporate Band Challenge, are teaming up to play the Center for Grieving Children’s third annual Midsummer Night’s Soiree benefit concert at Vinegar Hill in Arundel. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour (including hors d’oeuvres) followed by a 7 p.m. program and benefit concert.

Tickets are now available for this fundraiser that will help keep the Center for Grieving Children’s peer support services available to children and families in southern Maine at no cost for as long as needed. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased directly on the Vinegar Hill website:

Board Member Bill Kany, senior vice president of Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution and Chair of the Midsummer Night’s Soiree Committee, said, “Gary Crocker is one of the finest, funniest gentlemen I have ever met, whose message of healing through humor is incredibly parallel to what the Center does every day.” An avid outdoorsman, Gary is best known for his Maine-based comedy, which he uses to convey the powerful message: “Laughter Heals.” A born Mainer and Navy veteran of Vietnam, Gary has contributed to The Maine Event for the last four years on public television and does short humor segments on Wreaths Across America radio show every Friday morning. When asked why he’s using his special talent to support the Center, Gary says, “In my opinion, we are placed on this planet to care for and support each other. This is especially true during difficult times and I can little imagine and only marginally comprehend the depth of grief a child is feeling at the loss of a loved one.”

The CIEE House Band is made up of employees of CIEE, a global company headquartered in Portland, Maine. CIEE annually provides study abroad and cultural exchange opportunities for 50,000 college and high school students from all over the world. The House Band plays a wide variety of cover songs spanning the past six decades for local, national, and international audiences. Attendees should come prepared to dance the night away. Tim Propp, COO of CIEE, said, “One of the things that the CIEE House Band Does is to play for charity events for charities that our employees support. We are pleased to add the Center for Grieving Children to our repertoire. The Center touches people’s lives every day within our communities and CIEE and the CIEE House Band are enthusiastic supporters of this amazing work!”

The Center is proud to announce Presenting Sponsors for Midsummer Night’s Soiree are Kennebunk Beach Realty, Stone Coast Fund Services, Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution, and P & C Insurance. The Host Sponsor is Vinegar Hill Music Theatre. Supporting Sponsors are Acadia Benefits, Baker Company, Kennebunk Savings, and MaineHealth. Program Sponsors are Haley’s Metal Service, Northern Light Mercy Hospital, PM Construction and York County Federal Credit Union.

Ticket sales for Midsummer Night’s Soiree provide essential support for grieving children and families in Southern Maine. The Center for Grieving Children’s mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual’s resilience and emotional well-being. The Center reaches individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and relies on financial contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, United Way, and special events.

To learn more about Midsummer Night’s Soiree, or to become a Sponsor, visit: or call or email Emma Walker, Corporate Sponsorship and Special Events Associate at (207) 775-5216,