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On January 27th the residents of Mount Desert Island, Maine came out in full force to support one of their own. Allen Beaman, husband of Knowles broker Jane McCombs-Beaman, was recently diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL). This is a tough cancer; it is a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) and only about 5% of those people diagnosed with NHL have MCL. It mainy affects men over 60 (Allen is 55) and at this time there are roughly 15,000 people in the US with this type of cancer.  
janeallenAllen, Jane, & their son Casey are facing at least six cycles of chemotherapy. And as anyone who has had cancer or been there to support a suffering loved-one knows, it is indeed a disease that affects the whole family. Here on MDI, as we have seen many times before, family is the Island too. All of us. It is one of the things that makes this such a great place to live. Throughout the process Allen has sported various hats to cover his suddenly-bald head! It is just the kind of thing you would expect from him. 


The fudraising event took place at The Neighborhood House, who generously donated the space, and included a dinner, music by Frogpipe and The Crown Vics, a large raffle drawing, and plenty of dancing.

The Knowles Company would like to thank AB & JR Hodgkins who co-sponsored the fundraising event. Together with a ton of help from The Beaman Family, several local businesses and individuals, and the very generous residents of MDI, we were able provide the Beamans with some much-needed financial assistance.

Thank you to:
AB & JR Hodgkins
Acadia Frameworks
The Beaman Family
Rania Benson
Robin Clark at Mount Dessert Bakery
The Crown Vics
The Independent Cafe
The Neighborhood House
Sabasticook Lake Campground

Enjoy the photos!

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Look at all those gift baskets for the raffle drawing!!

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Allen's mom.

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Marla Jones, Knowles listing agent, and Jon Collier of AB & JR Hodgkins prep for the night as Joe Barboza, Allen's brother-in-law, helps out.

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Maude March checks out the guest book at the start of the evening.

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Heather Jones, Knowles business manager, greets people as they arrive.

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Bob Bowman

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L to R: Brenda (Allen's sister), her son Charlie, his girlfriend Kendra, and Allen's mom.

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Frogpipe takes the stage. They are, l to r: Camden Garland, Chase McGee, Dawson Burnett, & Alex Burnett. They rocked!

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Nick Burnett, Knowles broker, runs sound for Frogpipe (his sons play drums and bass guitar).

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Broker Mia Thompson and Rental Agent Lynn Cobb Zaman get down.

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They are joined by John Collier, Holly Wright, and Sarah March.

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Even the wee ones were into Frogpipe!

IMG 5568Allen (Superman) & Jane (Batwoman) enjoy the music.

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Knowles broker Sue Ferrante-Collier gets into the groove.

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There were A LOT of dishes! Marla Jones and Jamie O'Keefe, Knowles broker, pitch-in to keep things rolling.

IMG 5654Jane hugs John Collier. Collier is married to Knowles broker Sue Ferrante-Collier and co-sponsored the event as AB & JR Hodgkins.

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Allen shows the guitar he made to Jay Robbins.

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Jane Beaman and Steve DeMuro, one of Allen's best friends.

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Allen in one of his stylish chapeaus!

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Frank Schwartz from The Crown Vics.

IMG 5629Members of Frogpipe jam with Mark Bluesboy and Frank Schwartz.

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Jane joins Frank onstage.

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Andrew and Jennifer Myers of The Crown Vics.

IMG 5560Jane and Allen dance to The Crown Vics

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Thank you to this wonderful community for turning out in a neighbor's time of need. We love MDI!! 

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