People and Business: June 8

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Dunkin’ Donuts, Sea Dogs

dugout program underway

PORTLAND — Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with the Portland Sea Dogs to launch the 2011 Dunkin’ Dugout program.  

The program, spearheaded by local Dunkin’ Donuts business owners, will provide 200 children in Maine the opportunity to attend a Sea Dogs game, meet players and be recognized during the game.
Submissions are now being accepted from local youth organizations such as camps, schools and youth groups.  Each group selected will receive 20 tickets to a designated game, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, for one of the following games:

• Saturday, June 11 vs. Bowie Bay Sox, 6 p.m.
• Friday, July 1 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 7 p.m.
• Friday, July 15 vs. New Britain Rock Cats, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, July 17 vs. New Britain Rock Cats, 1 p.m.
• Thursday, July 28 vs. Altoona Curve, 7 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 12 vs. Erie SeaWolves, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 14 vs. Erie SeaWolves, 1 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 3 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 6 p.m.

To apply for the program, please send an email to with a description of the organization and why it should be selected for the program. Dunkin’ Donuts and the Sea Dogs will work together to choose and notify the winners.

Local elders earn

achievement award

AUGUSTA —  The ninth annual ceremony and photography exhibit, entitled “Remember ME,” was recently held to honor the accomplishments of 36 people who are now living in Maine’s long-term care facilities.

First Lady Ann LePage recently joined the Maine Health Care Association and presented certificates of Lifetime Achievement during a ceremony held in the Hall of Flags at the State House.

Local recipients included Judy Newman of Village Crossing in Cape Elizabeth; Nancy Swears of Piper Shores in Scarborough; Helen Wildes of the Barron Center in Portland; Helen Zigmund of Seventy Five State Street in Portland; and Dr. Loring Hart of Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth.

Donations, Grants

The Maine Osteopathic Association recently hosted a raffle and silent auction where it raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program was established by the state of Maine to provide $25,000 scholarships for medical students with Maine roots. UNE must match state funding dollar for dollar with philanthropic contributions in order to utilize the state-funded scholarships.

PORTopera recently received three grants totalling $9,000: The Rines Thompson Fund of Maine Community Foundation for $5,000; the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund for $2,000; and the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust for $2,000. The Daveis and Burnham grants are in support of PORTopera’s Sing Me A Story educational outreach program in the schools for 2011. Additionally, PORTopera recently met its challenge grant of $100,000 with new and increased donations.

Maine College of Art received a $3,000 grant from the Rines/Thompson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support the direct costs of the community-based “FY-In,” First Year In-volve/In-fuse/In-spire, for all first year students at Maine College of Art.

The Bank of America recently awarded the Portland Symphony Orchestra a $5,000 grant for more than 400 Portland Public School students to attend a free spring youth concert, “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Fourth and fifth graders from Ocean Avenue, Reiche, East End Community, and Presumpscot Schools received free transportation and tickets to the concert, providing many children with their first experience of live orchestral music.

The ArtVan program of VSA Maine in Brunswick was awarded $15,000 in grants in support of its mobile art therapy work with children and teens living in poverty in Maine. A $2,000 grant from The Irving Foundation and a $7,500 grant from the Jane B. Cook Charitable Trust will support ArtVan’s work in Lewiston/Auburn, Bath, Brunswick, and Biddeford. Community-specific grants were also awarded by the Aldermere Foundation for $2,500, in support of programming at the Lewiston Public Library; and by the Alfred M. Senter Foundation for $2,000 in support of afterschool programming at the Perryman Village housing development in Brunswick. Additionally, the Daveis Benevolent Fund awarded VSA Maine $1,000 for the development of multi-generational art classes.

Maine libraries have received numerous grants over the years from the Tabitha and Stephen King Foundation. Most recent grants were awarded to the following local programs: Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland – $7,000 to purchase books for a revolving book collection for the Department of Corrections Library Coalition; Nathan Clifford School in Portland – $5,000 for the nonfiction collection and audiobooks; and Maine Historical Society Library in Portland – $35,000 for updated microfilm scanners, attendant hardware and millwork modifications.

Hannaford Supermarkets recently donated $65,000 to Riding To The Top, a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with disabilities.

LearningWorks recently received a $25,000 grant from Unum for Extended Day Learning Programs, including LearningWorks afterschool program and the evening Community Study Center.

Maine Boys to Men has been awarded a $300,000 grant to engage men in preventing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from the Office of Violence Against Women. The organization was one of 23 violence prevention coalitions and agencies nation-wide to receive an award. The grant will allow Maine Boys to Men to train teams of young adults in the Reducing Sexism and Violence Program curriculum, an evidence-based train-the-trainers violence prevention project. Maine Boys to Men will partner with several organizations to deliver programs and training, including Family Crisis Services, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Add Verb Productions, a program of the University of New England and the USM Campus Violence Intervention Safety Program.

Sidebar Elements

Allagash Brewing Company recently teamed up with New Belgian Brewing in Colorado to brew a limited edition collaboration beer, “Vrienden,” Flemish for friends, to benefit local environmental organization Friends of Casco Bay / Casco Baykeeper. Pictured here, from left, are Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne, Allagash Brewing Company owner Rob Tod, and Friends of Casco Bay executive director Cathy Ramsdell, at a celebration launching the new beer. The brewing company also donated $7,500 to Friends of Casco Bay.