Fueling The Frontline

By Evans Boston | May 4, 2020


Six-week community initiative aimed at supporting local restaurants, while showing appreciation for frontline workers in Maine communities

 The Maine Red Claws, on behalf of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, have teamed up with TD Bank to launch ‘Fueling the Frontline’, a six-week community initiative aimed at supporting local restaurants while also providing meals to a wide range of frontline workers in Maine.

As part of the program, TD Bank will join the Red Claws in purchasing food from six small businesses owned by Red Claws Season Ticket Members. The meals will be prepared by those businesses and delivered to frontline essential workers and those most impacted throughout their respective communities during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Name: Tomaso’s Canteen

18 Hampshire Street

Portland, ME 04101

Beneficiary: Portland Police Dept. Headquarters

Website: tomasoscanteen.com

“Tomaso’s and the Minervino family have been big fans of the Red Claws since they came to Portland, attending games every season. The organization has always done a great job of involving the local community. My sons look forward to the annual “Family Night” game through their school each season.

We became season ticket holders this past season through our businesses and have used the tickets for contests and promotional giveaways for customers, while also attending games ourselves. The atmosphere this past season was incredible, with Tacko-mania taking over the city. My eight-year old spent an entire weekend doing yard work in order to earn a Tacko Fall jersey, which became his favorite shirt.

We’re really excited about this opportunity to work with the Red Claws and Celtics Shamrock Foundation to provide food to the Portland Police Department as a thank you for their hard work on the frontline during these difficult times. We are very grateful for the sacrifices the Police make on a daily basis to keep our community safe.”

-Tom Minervino, Tomaso’s Canteen & Red Claws Season Ticket Member

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Name: Portland Pie Company – Scarborough location

400 Expedition Drive

Scarborough, ME 04074

Beneficiary: North East Mobile Health Services – Scarborough

Website: portlandpie.com

“At Portland Pie Company our mission is to feed people. Our customers, those in need and those who deserve a little ‘thank you’ for all their hard work – especially during these times.

We’ve been a proud partner and sponsor of the Maine Red Claws and one thing we really admire is their commitment to community. Their ‘Fueling the Frontline’ initiative with TD Bank to feed essential workers is a great example. Not only are they recognizing the great work being done by these men and women but they are also helping to support local businesses like Portland Pie Company. And we thank them for that support.”

-Jeff Perkins, Owner and CEO, Portland Pie Company & Maine Red Claws Season Ticket Member

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Name: Pizza Villa

940 Congress Street

Portland, ME

Beneficiary: Portland Fire Department

Website: facebook.com/pizzavillaportland

“The Red Claws have been a great addition to our neighborhood and city. Whenever you guys are in town, we are always busy with your fans, before and after games.

Our father and some of our uncles are retired from the PFD. We can appreciate their hard work and dedication and think it’s admirable of the Red Claws organization to give us this opportunity to show them how important they all are.”

-Robert & Samuel Minervino, Owners, Pizza Villa

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Name: OTTO Pizza

576 Congress Street

Portland, ME

Beneficiary: Preble Street Resource Center

Website: ottoportland.com

“First and foremost, we want to thank the Red Claws, Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and TD Bank for asking OTTO to participate in the shelter meals program this week. OTTO is very proud that we are able to provide pizza lunch meals to the employees and volunteers at the RC Soup Kitchen, Florence House and the Teen Center. Programs like this help us weather the crisis and keep our staff paid while providing nourishment and comfort to the frontline workers during this trying time. Thank you everyone involved! We are looking forward to continuing our participation in this wonderful program, and to continue providing hot meals to the community. ”

-Thank you, The OTTO Team.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Name: Dimillo’s On The Water

25 Long Wharf

Portland, ME

Beneficiary: Maine Children’s Cancer Program

Website: dimillos.com

“The Dimillo’s family has always believed in giving back and  helping make the community stronger.  Partnering with The Maine Red Claws on Fueling The Frontline is a great way for us to help say thank you and we are looking forward to our delivery. We have been involved with the Maine Red Claws organization from the beginnig  and look forward to continuing to helping building a stronger community together.”

-Johnny Dimillo, Dimillo’s On The Water