2018-10-11 / Editorial

Did You Hear?

by Alex MacPhail


Local residents, staff and family members gathered at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach this past Sunday to honor, and remember, Kennebunk resident Anya Karlsson, whose life was tragically cut short on September 20th of this year. Local businesses and patrons alike donated items for the day that included a special fundraiser that featured a silent auction, raffles and music by Quiet Riot Act. Over 21,000 dollars was raised for Anya’s family. (Courtesy photo) Local residents, staff and family members gathered at The Brunswick in Old Orchard Beach this past Sunday to honor, and remember, Kennebunk resident Anya Karlsson, whose life was tragically cut short on September 20th of this year. Local businesses and patrons alike donated items for the day that included a special fundraiser that featured a silent auction, raffles and music by Quiet Riot Act. Over 21,000 dollars was raised for Anya’s family. (Courtesy photo) Did you hear?

The Brunswick, located on West Grand Avenue in Old Orchard Beach, holds a special place in my heart.

It is where my beautiful wife and I had our first date (Motor Booty Affair), got engaged and had our bachelor/ bachelorette parties.

It is place to watch fireworks and enjoy a meal and music. It is family for many, and tragically, we lost a member of that family recently in Anya Karlsson,

Words do not do justice to the loss felt from both family, customers and staff at “The Swick,” whose lives were touched by Anya.

This past Sunday they gathered as a way to not only remember Anya, but also raise funds for her family with a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and a donation of all tips from the staff.

In an outpouring of support from the local community, according to Old Orchard Beach resident Pat Brown, it took less than 10 days for nearly 100 items to be donated by local businesses and families for the auction.

The auction raised more than $21,000 total on the day.

According to Brown, “The determination of Anya’s co-workers to do something that would be significantly important to Anya was at the very core of this successful fundraiser.”

The column this week is dedicated in Anya’s memory.

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