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Evergreen Credit Union recently donated $10,285 and hundreds of man hours to food pantries located in Cumberland county as part of the annual Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign. Local pantries benefiting from Evergreen Credit Union’s generosity include: Crosswalk Community Out Reach, Windham Food Pantry, South Portland Food Pantry and Root Cellar.
Woodard & Curran’s recent employee outreach campaign raised over $62,000 for the firm’s Foundation, a 501(c)3 established in late 2010 to empower local and global solutions for a healthier world. The Foundation directs donations to causes incorporating environmental, health, civic and educational causes. In October, it issued a $5,000 grant to Engineers Without Borders’ University of Maine student chapter for its projects to improve sanitation in the village of Dulce Vivir, Honduras.
The Maine Mall’s “Wrap for a Reason” program raised over $15,000 for 10 Cumberland Country nonprofits during the holiday season. The benefiting nonprofits included: Make-A-Wish, Family Crisis Services, Pine Tree Society, Camp to Belong Maine, Wells High School Project Graduation, Thornton Academy Middle School, Women In Harmony, STRIVE, Woodfords Family Services, and the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. These charities averaged $350 a day in earnings.
Naya’s Trance recently announced that after 10 years with their company, Jessani, founder of Naya’s Trance and Artistic Director, has chosen to pursue a solo career.
Berry Dunn, CPAs and Management Consultants, was recently awarded the United Way’s 2011 Leading the Way Award, honoring employee campaign managers and teams that have expressed their commitment to the United Way of Greater Portland’s mission by rallying their peers with the most innovative and creative employee campaigns. Berry Dunn was also recognized as a financial contributor to the 2011 Loaned Executive Class & Medicaid Services.
The Portland Development Corporation recently awarded Planet Dog the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award. In addition to Planet Dog’s award, the Portland Development Corporation also presented awards to The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau (2011 Economic Development Achievement Award) and the Via Agency (2011 Business of the Year Award). All three businesses were recognized for playing a major role in developing Portland’s economic vitality.
Mayo Street Arts was recently awarded Coffee By Design’s 2011 Rebel Fund to support the Children’s Puppet Workshop. Funds from the $2,500 grant will allow neighborhood kids from East Bayside and Kennedy Park Housing to work with professional puppeteers, dancers, musicians, and Maine College of Art students at Mayo Street Arts to create scripts, puppets, music, and dances for a community performance and exhibit held in the spring. Funds will also allow workshop participants and other neighborhood kids to attend Saturday puppet shows at Mayo Street Arts.
Sarah (Sally) Mackenzie of Brunswick, an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi for spring 2012. In addition to teaching in the Vietnam National University’s College of Education’s department of research and international relations, she will consult with government officials and others throughout Vietnam on school reform, teacher preparation and leadership development.
Stephanie N. Strouse, a partner at Drummond & Drummond LLP, was recently named to the Maine Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
In late October 2011, Avesta Housing hosted an Appreciation Luncheon to thank their partners for sharing their commitment to providing quality, affordable housing for Maine communities. At the event, Avesta Housing honored Gorham Savings Bank with the Mike Yandell Award in recognition of their significant contribution to affordable housing. The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank.
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland recently received a $5,000 grant from Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s Better Neighbor Fund, a social media initiative where the community voted online from a total of 65 nominated organizations. The Animal Refuge League plans to use the funds for its spay/neuter program for cats.
Earle W. Noyes and Sons Moving Specialists, an agent of United Van Lines, was recently honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement. They received the following honors: President’s Club Award, $1 million level, honoring agents who have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year; Performance Excellence Award, recognizing agents who have a relentless focus on customers’ needs and expectations; and the Customer Choice Award, presented to United agents achieving exceptional service scores on the basis of post-move surveys completed by customers.
Bangor Savings Bank was recently named the overall top Small Business Administration lender in Maine in 2011, lending $14,889,050 in loans to 68 new or existing businesses.
The American Heart Association recently announced that several Maine employers received national recognition for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. The AHA’s Fit Friendly Company recognition program calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthier lives. Organizations reach Fit Friendly Gold-level status by implementing activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as healthy food choices, and annual employee health risk assessments. Gold level organizations in Maine include: Barber Foods, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Hannaford Brothers Company, Holden Agency Insurance/Employee Benefits Solutions, Maine Oxy, McCain Foods, MEMIC, Mercy Hospital, St. Mary’s Health System and Tyler Technologies. Companies achieve Platinum recognition, the highest tier, by taking the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts. Local Platinum-level organizations include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, L.L. Bean and MaineGeneral Health.