Maine Restaurant Association will honor industry professionals at a formal awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on April 7 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland. Annually, the association selects award winners from nominations submitted by restaurant and allied industry members from across the state. Among those being honored are Stephen True, of 95 Ocean, Kennebunkport; Mary Dysart Hartt, of Dysart’s Restaurant, Bangor; and John Kyle, original franchisor of Pat’s Pizza. The awards banquet will begin with a restaurant showcase reception featuring the culinary stylings of some of Maine’s most celebrated chefs. Seats are available for $80 per person or tables of eight for $590. Registration and more information regarding the event is available at mainerestaurant.com, 623-2178.
The Multicultural Peer Support Program of the Center for Grieving Children has received a $15,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Now in its 17th year, the award-winning Multicultural Program collaborates with Portland Public Schools to serve students resettled locally from countries that have experienced war or natural disaster. The grant has allowed the Center to expand the Multicultural Peer Support Program to high school students for this school year.
The ninth annual Go Red For Women Luncheon held March 11 in Portland sold out for the first time and raised a record $261,000 to advance the American Heart Association’s lifesaving education, research and public health efforts in Maine. Central Maine Power President and CEO Sara Burns served as this year’s luncheon chairwoman and had set a goal of $250,000. Last year, this event raised just over $220,000.
Whitney Campbell has joined Thornton Oaks Retirement Community in Brunswick as the new director of marketing. She will help prepare for the community’s upcoming 25th anniversary. Campbell, an advertising and marketing professional for more than 29 years, is pleased to be a part of this highly engaged, active and educated community of retirees.
Karen Proctor joined the team at Edgewater Physical Therapy in Falmouth. For the past eight years, she worked with Dr. Robert Mitchell at the Center for Facial Pain exclusively treating patients with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders as well as headaches, facial and ear pain. Proctor has more than 20 years clinical experience and brings with her a high level of expertise in TMJ dysfunction.
University of Southern Maine faculty member Nancy K. Gish will be honored next month by one of the top literary organizations in Scotland for her research and scholarship in Scottish literature. Gish, who has been teaching at USM since 1980 and is founding director of the USM Women and Gender Studies Program, will travel to Edinburgh to be confirmed as an honorary fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.
The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce Falmouth resident Michelle LaFond as its newest Diamond Coach. The award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The Association makes the awards based on coach points received. LaFond will be recognized at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Overland Park, Kan., on June 19.