Past Beneficiaries

Each year, proceeds from the TD Beach to Beacon race benefit a different charity.

Past Beneficiaries have opportunities to earn a race entry through fundraising.

Past beneficiaries include:

Rippleffect (2014)
Rippleffect is a Portland-based non-profit youth and community development organization leading outdoor adventure programs on Cow Island, in area schools and in the mountains of western Maine. The organization provides Maine young people with opportunities to explore Casco Bay and the wilderness of the Northeast through adventure and environmental education. Rippleffect students build confidence, develop critical leadership skills, strengthen relationships, and grow their appreciation for the outdoors. Learn more at and find Rippleffect on Facebook . Contact Rippleffect at (207) 791-7870 .

The Opportunity Alliance (2013)
The Opportunity Alliance is comprised of 40 integrated community based and clinical programs serving more than 20,000 people annually. For more than 50 years, the Opportunity Alliance have provided early education and child care, nutrition programming, advocacy, information and referral, mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as basic needs for people living in poverty. The Opportunity Alliance continually seek ways of integrating our programs into a seamless continuum of care. Learn more at . For more information, please contact Kelsea Dunham 207-523-5063 

Center For Grieving Children (2012)
Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and families through peer support, outreach and education. The Center’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. Services are provided for free, for as long as people need them, by staff and trained volunteers. Learn more at . For more information, please contact Erica Swan (207) 775-5216 or .

Day One (2011)
Day One is a statewide organization with a mission to dramatically reduce substance abuse and address mental health needs among Maine youth to help them live productive, healthy and rewarding lives. Day One has been making a difference in the lives of youth for over 40 years, with a range of programs that address youth substance abuse and mental health concerns through prevention and treatment programs. For more information, visit or contact Rebecca Howes at 207-767-0991 ext. 120 or .

Junior Achievement of Maine (2010)
Junior Achievement of Maine is a nonprofit organization that empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. In partnership with businesses and educators, JA brings the real world to Maine students by preparing them for the world of work. JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. To find out how to become a JA volunteer, contact Junior Achievement of Maine at 347-4333 or 

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (Formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing) (2009)
Maine Adaptive is a year-round adaptive recreational program that teaches adaptive sports activities to people with permanent physical disabilities, ages four and up. Learn more at For more information or to run in support of Maine Adaptive, please contact Deb Maxfield at 207-824-2440 or .

The Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation (Camp Susan Curtis) (2008) 
Since 1974 Camp Susan Curtis has been dedicated to helping Maine’s economically disadvantaged youth reach their full potential. More than 17,000 young Mainers from 3rd grade through high school have learned and flourished through our programs.  Our “Habits and Skills for Lifelong Achievement” curriculum  teaches over 500 youth each year the skills and character they need to succeed long-term, raising their self-confidence and aspirations and allowing each youth to define his or her own future.  For more information, contact Lori Southworth at 207-774-1552, , or visit .

Strive (2007) 
STRIVE is a non-profit organization with a mission to assist teens and young adults with intellectual and emotional disabilities in utilizing resources within their community so they can participate as viable members of the community. For more information contact Peter Brown at (207) 879-0847 or email .

Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation (2006) 
CEEF is a non-profit community organization that enriches learning for Cape Elizabeth youth by funding projects that support the community’s tradition of excellence in public education and prepare students for a lifetime of success by encouraging a love of learning and offering innovative educational programs. Please contact Christine Macken via email at or phone at 207-799-7765.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine (2005) 
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine has provided youth development programs for young people, especially those who need us most. Our five Clubhouses in Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn are safe places to learn, have fun and develop skills and interests that last a lifetime. Whether it’s academic help, learning to swim or a much needed healthy meal or snack, young people can go to their local Clubhouse for the support they need to grow into great adults. FMI, visit or please contact Annie Messinger at develop@bgcmaine.orgor 207-874-1069 x227

Riding to the Top Therapeutic Center (2004) 
Riding To The Top helps people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses. Equine assisted activities and therapies benefit up to 100 people, ages 3-83, each week at our 50 acre farm. Programs are provided year round by certified staff and trained volunteers. Our Beach to Beacon runners raise vital funds to support RTT clients, horses and programs. To become a RTT sponsored runner please email . For more information visit .

Seeds of Peace (2003) 
An organization that promotes tolerance and understanding among youth around the world.

Opportunity Farm (2002) 
A long-term family-style facility for at-risk boys and girls.

Kids First Center (2001) 
A statewide program dedicated to supporting Maine parents and children who are going through the often-difficult transition of divorce or separation. For more information, please contact the Kids First team at or 207-761-2709

Turning Point Farm (2000) 
A non-profit corporation that operates a group home for children, ages 6 to 11, who are in the custody of the Maine Department of Human Services due to physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect.

Camp Sunshine (1999) 
Nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake, Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. For more information, please call (207) 655-3800 or visit .

Greater Portland Big Brothers Big Sisters (1998) 
Provides one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and children at risk. For more information or to run as part of, please contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine team at .

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