The New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy has recognized local resident Ann Bresnahan with its Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award.

Bresnahan serves as co-chair of the Campaign for Coastal Health, a $21 million campaign that funded construction of the new Health Center at Pen Bay Medical Center and will help support the expansion of the hospital’s emergency department, scheduled to begin early this summer.

In addition to championing PBMC and Waldo County General Hospital, Bresnahan has supported the Camden Public Library, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, LifeFlight of Maine, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Coastal Children’s Museum, the Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute, the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Maine Public Broadcasting, and Maine Medical Center. She is a founding member, donor and volunteer for Partners for Enrichment, an organization that brings drama and arts to local schools.