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January 24, 2019

The Telling Room chosen as 2019 TD Beach to Beacon 10K beneficiary

Photo / Molly Haley Photography
Photo / Molly Haley Photography
The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center based in Portland that empowers youth through writing, is the 2019 beneficiary of TD Beach to Beacon 10K, thanks to a $30,000 donation from the TD Charitable Foundation.

About TD Beach to Beacon

This year's TD Beach to Beacon, set for Aug. 3, draws runners from throughout the region and the world to picturesque Cape Elizabeth. The race begins near the Crescent Beach entrance on Route 77, winds along tree-lined streets and past breathtaking ocean vistas and ends in Fort Williams Park at the historic Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world. More than $90,000 in prize money is awarded to the top finishers and place winners in the various categories for men and women, and a separate $30,000 donation is provided each year by the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank.

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race has chosen The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center based in Portland that empowers youth through writing, as its 2019 race beneficiary.

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, will provide a $30,000 donation to The Telling Room. The foundation has now donated more than $600,000 to Maine charities over the history of the TD Beach to Beacon Road Race.

"The Telling Room is a wonderful organization that is helping students all around Maine find their voices and share them with the world," said Larry Wold, president of TD Bank in Maine. "The work they are doing is inspiring, and we are delighted to have them on board as this year's beneficiary of Beach to Beacon."

Founded in 2004, The Telling Room is Maine's only youth-focused literary arts organization, offering innovative, effective and often life-changing writing programs for more than 4,000 Maine kids each year, reaching students from nearly 100 schools in 70 towns across the state, including those from diverse backgrounds and experiences. All core programs are 100% free to students and their families.

The Telling Room has received regional and national recognition for its innovative work, including a prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2015 — the nation's highest honor in its field — as one of the top 12 youth arts and humanities programs in the United States.

The nonprofit will further benefit from fundraising activities, including the race's charity bib program, as well as increased awareness through its association with one of Maine's premiere sporting events.

Previous beneficiaries so far have raised an additional $1.6 million or more in total beyond the TD Charitable Foundation donation.

"We're honored and thrilled to be the beneficiary of the 2019 TD Bank Beach to Beacon. The timing couldn't be better as this year marks our 15th anniversary," said Celine Kuhn, executive director of the The Telling Room. "This partnership will help us deepen our programmatic reach. For example, we're launching a brand new creative youth development program that will explore social justice and career and college readiness, all while continuing to serve more kids than ever before."

About The Telling Room

Photo / Molly Haley Photography
Photo / Molly Haley Photography
The Telling Room offers a variety of programs geared to empowering young people through writing.

The Telling Room offers a variety of programs for Maine youth, families and educators, including:

In-school residencies: throughout the school year, Telling Room teaching artists and community volunteers work with students in local classrooms to write, edit and publish stories in original chapbooks.

Summer camps: a variety of programs offered from June to August for writers of all ages and interests.

Field trips: bringing local language arts students to the Telling Room's Old Port writing center for the morning.

Young Writers & Leaders: a nine-month-long writing and leadership program for international refugee and immigrant high school students.

Young emerging authors: a small group of fellows (ages 12-18) who are selected through a rigorous application process to write an entire book in a single calendar year.

Publishing workshop: a weekly, semester-based program that provides participants (ages 12 and up) a working tutorial on the book publishing industry in an apprenticeship environment.

Writers Block: weekly afternoon sessions to give budding writers (ages 6-18) time to work on their projects. Writers Block sessions include solo writing time, group work, and featured workshops with local artists and writers.

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