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Victim of Mistaken Identity, Critically Acclaimed Photographer and Museum Founder to Hold Benefit for the Innocence Project

Exclusive Donald Verger 'Images for Innocence' Exhibit

PORTLAND, Maine, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A case of mistaken identity sent Donald Verger to jail over a period of three days at the start of the New Year. Even before the charges were dismissed, Verger was compelled to turn his experience into something positive.

"We are deeply grateful to Mr. Verger for using his considerable talents to help the Innocence Project," said Audrey Levitin, Director of Development, the Innocence Project. "His photography show and fundraiser will raise awareness about the tragedy of wrongful convictions. The proceeds from the event will enable us to free the innocent and bring urgently needed reforms to the United States criminal justice system."


Internationally applauded photographer, naturalist and philanthropist Donald Verger to hold "Images for Innocence" exhibit, with 100% of proceeds going to the nonprofit Verger is Founder and President Emeritus of The Children's Discovery Museum and The Science Discovery Museum in Acton, MA.


A breathtaking tapestry of images depicting the peacefulness found in New England landscapes will be on display in Portland's North Star Music Cafe. This exhibit provides a rare opportunity for the public to secure a personally autographed "Donald Verger" photograph via a tax-deductible donation to the Innocence Project. The exhibit includes an exclusive laptop slideshow preview of some of the radiant images in Verger's personal collection of 150,000 never-before-seen photos.


Opening Reception, Friday, March 6, 2009, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST


North Star Music Cafe, 225 Congress Street, Portland, Maine


To book an interview/taping with Donald Verger contact Heidi Hynes at 978-302-1198; email

To learn more about the Innocence Project, contact Eric Ferrero at 212-364-5346;

"When Donald Verger first took up photography seriously, he asked me to review his early work. I studied it and told him he could be the next Ansel Adams. This talented, award-winning photographer is one of those once-in-a-lifetime artists whose work establishes their reputation for generations to come," said Daniel Cheever, President Emeritus, Simmons College, Art collector.

About Donald Verger, Photographer, Naturalist, Philanthropist

Donald Verger is a critically acclaimed photographer and naturalist, most widely recognized for his over 40,000 dramatic images of Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth Maine. He is also acknowledged for his over 6,000 images of Nubble Lighthouse during the Patriot's Day Storm of 2007. Verger's stunning New England landscape photography is highly notable for its quiet, ethereal beauty as evidenced in his iconic image "Dawn of Peace." Verger donated his most popular image "Dawn of Peace" and companion image "Spirit" to raise $2,000 for UNICEF. Both photos were taken at 30 degrees below zero temperatures at dawn, overlooking Thompson Lake in Otisfield, Maine, just before the equinox in December of 2004.

Donald Verger is Founder and President Emeritus of the world-renowned Children's Discovery Museum and Science Discovery Museum in Massachusetts. His visionary work at these discovery museums was featured in two episodes of the PBS series "Curious George." A graduate of Phillips Academy and Clark University, Verger has served on numerous boards including Chairperson of UNICEF's New England Advisory Board, along with members U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy and Arnold Hiatt. He also has served on the board of directors for Wheelock College and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Cultural Alliance. All of Verger's philanthropic work benefits families and children.

Recognized for its spiritual and healing qualities, Donald Verger's nature photography is on display in permanent, rotating galleries at Mercy Health System of Maine's new Fore River Hospital and The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, both located in Portland.

Verger is a member of the Society for East End Arts in Portland, and his local photography work has earned him numerous awards and accolades including: "Fryeburg Fair Best in Show 2008," "Bangor Flower Show First Prize 2008," and "Fort Williams Art Show First Prize 2008." Verger's images are available at Longfellow Books, the Portland Head Light Museum and Gift Shop and Nubble Light House Gift Shop and various galleries throughout the year.

About the Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a non-profit national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The Innocence Project is also a founding member of The Innocence Network, a group of law schools, journalism schools and public defender offices across the country.

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