Relief fund set up for Ann and Peter Bako

Following the devastating house fire early the morning of January 5, the Palermo Community Foundation set up a special account to receive donations for Ann and Peter Bako. The Bakos were not at home when the fire started, so they lost everything, with no insurance. They were left with the clothes on their backs, their vehicles, their dog, and each other.

The Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 Charitable Foundation (EIN 01-0510937), is giving 100 percent of all donations to the Bakos, tax free for both donors and recipients. To help Ann and Peter, please send your tax-deductible check to: Palermo Community Foundation. P.O. Box 151, Palermo, ME 04354. on the “notes” line of your check, please write “Bako23.” All checks for $250 or more will receive a written receipt for your tax records.

There will also be a donation can set up at the Community Benefit Dinner which will take place at Erskine Academy, in South China, on Saturday, January 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with a snow date on Sunday, January 29th. It will be a spaghetti dinner with beverages, salads, and desserts. A pie and cheesecake auction will be held at 6 p.m. The dinner costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. To donate pies, please contact Mary Haskell or Cheryl Parkman at For additional information, please contact Connie Bellet at 993-2294.

Thank you for helping the Bakos, who have donated countless hours of community service helping others.

Gofundme organized by Jeanna Verney:

CORRECTION: This article has been updated to reflect the dinner will be on Saturday, with a snow date of Sunday. See comment below.

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2 replies
  1. Anne K.
    Anne K. says:

    The date for the Peter & Ann Bako fundraiser should be corrected. It is being held on Saturday January 28th with a snow date on Sunday January 29th. Thank you!


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