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"An Evening on Mount Washington" Fundraiser Coming April 28 to Portland

Portland, ME - Spending an April evening with the Mount Washington Observatory usually requires several layers of insulated clothing and the adventurous snow tractor ride to the summit. But on April 28th, the Mount Washington Observatory hosts An Evening On Mount Washington, a truly unique fundraising event that brings the “world’s worst weather” directly to the elegance of the Portland Museum of Art.

Hosted by former observers and Portland’s WGME TV-13 meteorologists Charlie Lopresti and Sarah Long, the benefit provides an opportunity for Observatory members, supporters and others to celebrate the unique non-profit organization and its weather station atop the summit of Mount Washington. With tickets available for $100 per person, all proceeds benefit the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory.

Providing hor d’oevres, live jazz entertainment and a silent auction filled with a myriad of items from outdoor gear and travel packages to fine art; the evening offers something for everyone to delight. Held at the Portland Museum of Art from 6:00-8:00pm, guests are also in for a special treat with a live video connection to the Observatory’s mountaintop staff.

“Having this exclusive interactive opportunity with the Observers who live and work among the planet’s most extreme weather conditions,” says Scot Henley, Executive Director of the Observatory, “provides an exciting ‘behind the scenes’ look into what life is like on the summit.”

Yet, live video connection and meteorologists are not the only links between the summit of Mount Washington to the seaside of Portland. Southern Maine’s relationship with the mountain has existed since the early settlers sailed into Casco Bay looking to the “White Hills” of the western horizon. Not only admired from afar, the first ascent of Mount Washington also was achieved by a Mainer, Darby Field in 1642.

“The relationship between Mount Washington and southern Maine is more established than many are aware of,” says Scot Henley. “Hosting this special event in downtown Portland provides a chance to keep our notable connection strong and raise awareness around a legendary New England institution.”

An Evening on Mount Washington is made possible by its valued event sponsors. The benefit is presented by Paradigm Windows, with additional support from Time Warner Cable, MEMIC, Woodard & Curran, WGME-TV 13, Dwell Creative, and the Portland Phoenix. For more information on tickets, lodging and directions, please visit the event's webpage.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information visit, MountWashington.org

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