South Portland municipal employees and members of South Portland Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1476 banded together last month to raise $840 for the South Portland Food Cupboard in order to buy turkeys about 75 for needy families during the holidays. The Food Cupboard staff informed city officials that they did not receive donated turkeys this year. “The Food Cupboard is an important part of the South Portland Community,” South Portland City Manager Jim Gailey said. “Once we found out the need existed to buy turkeys for the holidays, city employees and IAFF Local 1476 generously opened their wallets to support our most needy citizens.”
The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, donated a total of $12,500 to the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine offers educational exhibits and programming for children ages up to 10 and the adults who accompany them.
On Nov. 16, Dancing With the Dentists raised over $40,000 for Portland’s Healthcare for the Homeless Dental Clinic and Maine Dental LifeLine. Conceived by Dr. Glen Knock and patterned after “Dancing With the Stars,” local dentists were paired with professional ballroom dance instructors to put on a display of footwork and fun. More 400 people attended and cheered the contestants on at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.
The Portland Museum of Art received a generous gift of 69 photographs from Maine philanthropists Owen and Anna Wells. The collection consists of photographs by well-known 20th-century artists, many with ties to Maine. Forty-five of these photographs will be on view in the exhibition American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells, which opens at the museum on Dec. 21.
Mid-Coast Veteran’s Council received a $2,000 donation from McKean Defense Group. The council is a nonprofit organization established by local veterans to help local veterans, whether active duty, National Guard or reserve soldiers, who have served under honorable conditions, and their families. McKean Defense Group is committed to community involvement, and when one of their employees discussed the recent opening of MCVC, leadership at McKean Defense was eager to help.
Alison Schmidt, Jean Whitney, Michael Royer, Tracy Rogers and Jim Baron joined the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.
Residential Mortgage Services announced that Stu Dye has joined its team, as a senior loan officer. Dye has been in the mortgage industry since 2003, most recently with a regional correspondent lender.
Norway Savings Bank announced the recent hire of Kaleigh Deering, assistant vice president and branch manager of the 1200 Congress St. branch.
Susan Scanlon, of Cumberland has joined Commercial Properties Inc. as broker/marketing director. With more than 10 years as a successful broker, she brings extensive marketing and public relations experience with her.