September 28, 2011
Contact: Caitlin E. Chamberlain
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Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. to Recognize the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland for 100 Years of Incorporation

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Secretary of State Charlie Summers will honor the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARL) with a certificate for achieving 100 years of incorporation. Chief Deputy Secretary of State Barbara Redmond will present the certificate at the ARL’s 100th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM. 

Incorporated on December 29, 1911, the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is a private, nonprofit animal shelter that was launched with funding donated by former Maine Governor Percival Baxter.  The ARL is dedicated to providing temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes.

The same year the ARL was incorporated many other notable events occurred, including the ground breaking of Fenway Park in Boston, the opening of the New York Public Library, the first celebration of International Women’s Day, and the birth of Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Lucille Ball, and Roy Rogers.

The Department of the Secretary of State Division of Corporations maintains records for over 80,000 business entities and nonprofit corporations. Other Maine corporations celebrating 100 years of incorporation during 2011 include: the Arbutus Grange No. 450; the Chelsea Grange; the Maine Council of Churches; the Ogunquit Fire Company; the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce; the Free Public Library Association of Vassalboro; J.E.L., Inc.; North Haven Grange No. 496; the Orchard Grove Cemetery Association; the Association Co-Operative Du Conseil Chagnon No. 120; the Women’s Educational And Industrial Union of Saco; the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hancock County; the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club; the Cliff Island Library Club; the East Sangerville Grange No. 177; Allen, Sterling & Lothrup; the Bailey Island Library; the Clearwater Lake Improvement Association; Consumers Fuel Company; Phillips Public Library; and the Vassalboro Union Camp Meetings Association.

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