The inaugural UNITED We Thrive luncheon at the Westin Portland Harborview April 28 honored some of the United Way of Greater Portland’s most devoted supporters: organizations and individuals, volunteers and donors. Honorees included individuals Chris Emmons, Sara Ewing-Merrill and David Smith as well as Gorham Savings Bank, L.L. Bean, Unum, Baker Newman Noyes, Horizon Solutions, Dead River Company and Freeport Community Services.
Chris Wilson, a senior vice president at L.L. Bean; Liz Cotter Schlax, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Portland; and Mike Simonds, CEO of Unum US. L.L.Bean received the 2017 Give Award in the large organization category. And Unum received the 2017 Spirit of Greater Portland Award.
Katie Camplin and Sharon Roberts of United Way.
Honoree Sara Ewing-Merrill received the 2017 Change Maker Advocate Award for her work around the issues of family homelessness.
Lisa DeSisto, CEO of MaineToday Media, presenting a volunteer award to David Smith. As his nominator shared, "The combination of his professional acumen, collaborative style, commitment to community service, and good sense of humor make him the perfect nominee for the Bert Andrews Volunteer Award."
Read to Success volunteer readers Chris Lehay, Genie Field and Nancy Marston, all of Freeport Community Service who received the 2017 Advocate Award in the small organization category for their Read to Success program.
Lisa Miller Bertsch and Kathy Leddy of United Way.
The group representing honoree L.L. Bean, which received the 2017 Give Award in the large organization category.
United Way CEO Liz Cotter Schlax; Belle Bocal, donor engagement manager; and Kristin Chase Duffy, vice president of community engagement.
Faith Duplessie of WEX, Inc., with Trish and Bob Wakefield of the Irish Network.
United Way Senior VPs Dan Coyne and Monica Sanders.
2017 United We Thrive luncheon at Westin Harborview Hotel.
Jess Esch of United Way and award review committee member Bill Vickerson of Irwin, Tardy & Morris.
Bill Philipps of Dead River Company, which received the 2017 Advocate Award and the 2017 Volunteer Award the large organization category.
Ken Holmes and Beth Campbell of United Way.
Joe Grace of Texas Instruments.
Kristin Chase Duffy, vice president of community engagement, with Mara Robinov-Moorhead, director of donor engagement.