Witches Masquerade Set for Saturday 
Written by Clay Gordon 
08 October, 2013

DEDHAM - Local first responders will be in costume this weekend while raising money for cancer. The Witches Masquerade is taking place Saturday night at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham. Firefighters, paramedics and EMT’s came together, to form Team Tessa, to help raise money for local cancer facilities. The first responders thought it would be a great idea to give back to some of the patients they see every day. To learn more about Team Tessa or to donate visit their website.

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Masquerade Ball To Help Local Charity 
Posted Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 2:04 pm.
By Wayne Harvey

EMS and public safety officials like police or fire fighters give a lot of themselves to the community.

And one group is trying to do that even when they are not on the job.

Team Tessa is trying to help out people with cancer and their families pay the bills that aren’t covered by insurance, like home heating, groceries, or making sure people have enough gas to get to their appointments.

And the Director Tessa Hastings says there is a demand. “There’s absolutely a need, and the word is getting out and the word is spreading that we’re available.” ...

Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 19, 2013 

Annual event recognizes Castine’s firefighters, responders


As part of the event, CVFA Treasurer Lisa Burton presented special guests Tessa Hastings and Myles Block of Team Tessa a check for $800. This money had been raised by CVFA members through sales of pink “Castine Firefighters for the Cure” t-shirts. Team Tessa is a local nonprofit organization that distributes funds to help the families of those battling cancer. ...

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Dinner Show to Support Team Tessa
Written by  Fenceviewer Staff
Monday, September 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

ELLSWORTH — Team Tessa, a local nonprofit that provides cancer patients with funding for items that are otherwise not covered by insurance, will hold a fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Ellsworth Elks Club.The event will be a 1920s-themed murder mystery dinner, with all proceeds going to help local families.The meal will be prepared by New York City chef Tom Gutow. ...

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Helped Maine families in Hancock, Penobscot & Washington Counties bridge the financial gap while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. 


Maine Maritime Academy and Adams School students
run relay in Castine

Maine Maritime Academy and Adams School students ran a half-mile relay on October 30 on behalf of TeamTessa. The teams swarmed through the campus, many in costume, starting from the MMA field house. At the finish, engineering professor Johanna Evans handed out the awards—miniature pumpkins. TeamTessa is a group of paramedics, EMTs, nurses and firefighters who help families struggling with cancer, by raising money for groceries, fuel assistance, transportation costs, items such as wigs or prosthetics, and medication copayments. Photo by Anne Berleant

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Hello All to our TeamTessa amazing supporters. Today we have come to a sad decision to close our organization. This is something that we do with a very heavy heart, but, because of life changes with all of us we are unable to devote the needed time to this organization.

We would like to thank all our donors and supporters over the years. We were able to help so many local Maine people with your support and generous donations over the years. We would not be the Team that we were with out all of you. (3/18/18)