Barter WorX Partners with Boathouse Restaurant on Fund Raiser


Warren, Maine – BarterWorX, a barter company also called a trade exchange, based out of Warren, Maine owned by Marilyn and Rick Johnson, has teamed up with The Boathouse Restaurant and Raw Bar, (a BarterWorX member), to host a social mixer and fund-raising event. BarterWorX and its members are inviting local business people to attend its first monthly Mixer/Fundraiser, on September 22, 2010 from 5p-7p at the Boathouse Restaurant, 58 Ocean St., Rockland, Maine. “This is a great opportunity to socialize and network your business, learn about other local businesses and help out a great cause all at the same time” said Marilyn Johnson, President of BarterWorX. “Our first event will benefit US soldiers serving in Iraq and the children of Iraq. Our son, Corporal Benjamin Johnson from the 94th Military Police is in Iraq training and working with Iraqi police. Unlike Ben’s first tour in Iraq where the troops needed necessities like water, socks, and towels, he has told me that the soldiers currently wish for soccer balls for the kids in Iraq. He tells me that the children there love soccer, but their equipment is inadequate.  The only thing the soldiers want for themselves are healthful snacks.  Their real wish is for the kids”

The event is intended to bring together existing members of BarterWorX, as well as local business people who may be interested in learning more about BarterWorX and how it works. BarterWorX specializes in connecting local businesses with one another to barter goods and services.

The kick off event will include appetizers, provided by the Boathouse Restaurant, a cash bar as well as a door prize provided by E. Stanley Photography and BarterWorX as well as raffles provided by BarterWorX and its members. In addition to the Boathouse Restaurant’s generosity, The Boathouse is well known for its ocean view with in or outside seating, very friendly service and  mouth watering menu.  “It is one of our favorite places to go whether we are meeting friends for appetizers and drinks or having lunch or dinner.  We love it there,” said, Marilyn Johnson.  Marilyn also said it is a great place to conduct business. “I sometimes meet existing and potential BarterWorX members at the Boathouse”.

So far BarterWorX has collected soccer balls from Amalfi’s on the Water, E. Stanley Photography, Brooks Trap Mill and Oyster River Seafood. Marilyn Johnson’s husband and business partner, Francis “Rick” Johnson, a Lt. on the Rockland Fire Department brought the fundraiser to the attention of Rockland Professional Fire Fighters Union, Local 1584 of the International Fire Fighter’s Association for donations. In addition, Chris Whytock, president of Local 1584 has contacted other Unions throughout the state to solicit more donations. Bath’s local Union has promised a monetary donation and Lewiston’s Union has collected 25 soccer balls and 25 pumps to be donated.  More donations are expected.

Please bring your donations of soccer balls, pumps and needles for the balls, monetary donations and/or healthful snacks for the soldiers to this exciting event. Meet other generous business people and enjoy refreshments and have some fun.  If you are unable to attend you can make a donation by contacting Marilyn Johnson at or call 273-8052.


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