Red Barn awarded Editor’s Choice Award by Down East magazine for Business Advocate of the Year!


For Immediate Release

June 16, 2014


Alicia Barnes (207) 660-3663

The Red Barn Selected Down East Editors Pick for Best Business Advocate of the Year

Augusta, Maine – The Red Barn was named Best Business Advocate in this year’s poll of Down East Magazine editors’ favorites. Thousands of Down East readers and editors voted February through April for their statewide selections and the Red Barn made the list. The full list of the Best Of honored businesses, places and more, appears in the July issue of Down East

The “Best of Maine” awards occur annually and provide Down East readers the opportunity to nominate the Maine people, places and things that mean the most to them. Based solely on popular vote, the winners represent the best of Maine as identified by the people who know Maine the best: residents and repeat visitors.

“This year thousands of readers nominated their favorites across Maine,” said Down East Editor in Chief Kathleen Fleury. “To be included in this list selected by the readers of Down East or the editorial team here means that you truly are part of what makes Maine so great. Our readers and team take the task of selecting the Best Of very seriously. It really is an honor.” 

The Red Barn restaurant has been family owned and operated for over 37 years. Laura Benedict purchased the business from her brothers at the age of 19 and she is proud to be able to serve and support the community. In the past four years, Laura and the Red Barn family have raised almost $700,000.00 for local individuals and non-profit organizations. When Laura received a letter from the State Attorney General’s office that she needed a license to continue fundraising, she contacted her local Representative, Lori Fowle, who submitted an amendment to the Charitable Solicitation Act, which became known as the “Red Barn Bill” and was co-sponsored by Representative Lori Fowle and Senator Roger Katz. The amendment passed unanimously and was signed into law by the Governor. To grow the charitable efforts of her business, Laura created the Red Barn Cares Foundation, which will serve local Maine families and non-profit organizations.

“Receiving this award from Down East magazine leaves me a bit speechless. It is literally a dream come true! –Laura Benedict, Owner

The full list of “Best of Maine” winners appears in the July issue of Down East, on newsstands June 24.

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