Marie Antoinette’s benefit marathon under way at UMF

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University of Maine at Farmington senior art student Tim Berry is portraying Marie Antoinette in a 24-hour benefit marathon to raise funds for food and heating fuel for the needy through tonight.

Berry intends to ride a teeter totter and pull a heavy sand bag for 24 hours, which began this afternoon and will end mid-afternoon Thursday. The project goals are to create public art while making a difference to the community. The dress-in-drag-for-24-hours-athon is being held on the green in front of UMF’s Mantor Library.

For those wanting to donate to Berry’s good causes while catching a darn good show can bring non-perishable food items to the large box at Berry’s teeter totter. He hopes to have the box filled by the end of his 24-hour stint. He will then donate it all to the Care and Share Food Pantry which serves several area towns.

Audience members can also give by signing up to pledge any amount of money per hour Berry teeter totters. When it’s over, the money collected will be donated to Operation Keep ME Warm. A pledge sheet and a collection jar will be on hand for easy giving. Or, you can email him your pledge at For more information on this charity, please visit

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