At Leaders & Luminaries luncheon: left to right, Camden National Bank President & CEO Greg Dufour, Michelle Erhard (of Maine School Garden Network), Don Foerster (Susan L. Curtis Foundation), Melea Nalli (Sea Change Yoga), Sherry Cobb (Area Interfaith Outreach), Dan Shaw (Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc.), Judith Collier (Sarah’s House of Maine), Guy Langevin (Junior Achievement of Maine) and Camden National Bank Chief Experience & Marketing Officer Renée Smyth
At Leaders & Luminaries luncheon: left to right, Camden National Bank President & CEO Greg Dufour, Michelle Erhard (of Maine School Garden Network), Don Foerster (Susan L. Curtis Foundation), Melea Nalli (Sea Change Yoga), Sherry Cobb (Area Interfaith Outreach), Dan Shaw (Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc.), Judith Collier (Sarah’s House of Maine), Guy Langevin (Junior Achievement of Maine) and Camden National Bank Chief Experience & Marketing Officer Renée Smyth
Camden National Bank presented awards and $22,000 in grants to seven Maine nonprofits at its 2017 annual Leaders & Luminaries Awards Luncheon, held on November 9, during the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ 2017 forum. The awards recognize outstanding board members of Maine nonprofits, and Camden National makes donations to their nonprofit organizations through its private charitable foundation, the Bank of Maine Foundation. Camden National Bank’s Leaders & Luminaries Committee selected two emerging leaders, four finalists and one grand prize winner.

This grand prize winner is Sherry Cobb, former board president of Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO), and AIO was awarded a grant of $10,000. Cobb advanced AIO’s work to provide a convenient place where people in need can receive food as well as emergency assistance such as heating, transportation and medication payments. During her tenure as board president, she presided over the 2015 launch of AIO’s Weekend Backpack program, which sends food home with over 315 children each Friday at 17 schools.

The finalists, whose organizations each received $2,500, are Dan Shaw, of Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc., a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses; Don Foerster of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation; Guy Langevin of Junior Achievement of Maine; and Judith Collier of Sarah’s House of Maine, a cancer hospitality house for patients and families traveling long distances for cancer treatment.

Emerging leaders, whose organizations each received $1,000, include Melea Nalli of Sea Change Yoga, a school that brings yoga and meditation to help those in prisons, addiction treatment facilities, community rehabilitation centers and halfway houses; and Michelle Erhard of Maine School Garden Network.

Since the Leaders & Luminaries grant program’s inception in 2011, Camden National Bank has given $107,000 in donations to 31 Maine nonprofits.