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Celebrating Cathy Ramsdell

After 18 years of serving as our Executive Director at Friends of Casco Bay, Cathy Ramsdell is retiring. In honor of Cathy and her leadership, we are hosting a celebration and we would love for you to join us. 

Celebrating Cathy Ramsdell – A Retirement Party

When: Thursday, August 26, 2021
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Remarks at 6 p.m.
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour, with catered hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. A reading by Gulf of Maine poet Gary Lawless will follow, as well as remarks from our staff, board, and of course, Cathy herself. 

Where: Portland Yacht Services, 100 West Commercial Street, Portland
The event will be held outside and in person. Recommended dress code is summer casual. Please note that the terrain in the boatyard is rocky and uneven, so wear stable footwear.

RSVP: You must RSVP to attend this event. To attend, please fill out the form below. 

We are thankful to Portland Yacht Services for hosting our celebration at their boatyard – our party tent will have water views of Portland Harbor. Ample parking is available at the venue. 


Under Cathy’s leadership, we garnered a federal No Discharge Area designation for the Bay, helped reduce nitrogen pollution from effluent wastewater, launched our volunteer Water Reporter program, and completed the $1.5 million Climate Change and Casco Bay Fund to operate three Continuous Monitoring Stations across the Bay for the decade ahead. In short, in the wake of her retirement, Cathy is leaving behind a stronger, more resilient organization.

Here are three ways you can help us celebrate Cathy’s leadership:

1. Attend Cathy’s retirement party
Join us at our first in-person event in 18 months to raise a toast to all Cathy has helped us accomplish and to her life ahead. RSVP using the form above.

2. Join our Anchor Society
As she announced her retirement, Cathy also shared that she is joining our Anchor Society by making a planned gift to Friends of Casco Bay. We ask you to consider following her lead. You can find more information about making a planned gift at cascobay.org/anchor-society. Your legacy will help secure the longevity of our organization and the health of Casco Bay for years to come.

3. Make a one-time gift in honor of Cathy
Use the form above or go to cascobay.org/donate to make a donation in Cathy’s honor. Your tribute will be commemorated in our Annual Report to the Community, which will be released later this year.

Thank you for working with us to keep Casco Bay blue. We hope to see you on August 26.