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Sponsored by: Dempsey Center
Updated: September 26, 2022 2022 Giving Guide

Dempsey Center

2023 Goals

  • Provide comfort, care, and community in-person and virtually to 3,000 clients throughout Maine and beyond.
  • Become an integral part of the standard of care for people diagnosed with cancer in Maine and beyond.
  • Visit all 16 counties in Maine through our FORWARD TOGETHER: Listening Tour, to learn about the differing, critical, cancer support needs in our state.
  • Establish a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access framework and action plan to create a culture of respect and belonging for all at the Dempsey Center.
  • Raise $1.6 million during the Dempsey Challenge 2022 presented by Amgen Oncology.

Fundraising/Event Opportunities

Dempsey Challenge is the Dempsey Center’s largest fundraising event. Since 2009, we have relied on the support of our corporate partners to help build the Challenge into the innovative, inspirational, and global event it is today. If you are interested in supporting the 2023 event as a corporate partner, please contact Sara Williams at

In Good Taste is our unique, culinary series with events running quarterly at area restaurants, venues or private homes. The series highlights our approach to healthy eating and features meals prepared by renowned chefs. If you are interested in hosting, sponsoring or receiving updates on the next event, please contact Sara Williams at

Giving Opportunities

The Dempsey Center offers year-round opportunities to support the no-cost, holistic services provided to those impacted by cancer. From room naming opportunities, to specific program or series sponsorships, to foundation gifts that support every service offered by the Center, there are countless ways to help make a difference in the lives of people impacted by cancer. Our dedicated Advancement Team will work with you to align your support with what resonates most for you or your organization’s mission. If you are interested in learning more about how to help provide a haven of support for cancer patients, their loved ones, and care partners – all at no cost – please contact Sara Williams at

Volunteer Opportunities

The annual Dempsey Challenge in September relies on the teamwork of over 500 volunteers to ensure a successful event experience. While many volunteers are individual, we often have businesses and community groups chose to volunteer together in the park, at rest stops or leading up to the event itself. Volunteers provide invaluable support throughout the year by assisting with things like Reiki, Nutrition Programs and Clayton’s House guests (to name only a few). Both individuals and groups are welcome and opportunities are regularly posted on our website, or you can connect with our Volunteer Coordinator by emailing