Noteworthy news Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 4:11 p.m.

The Willis Foundation, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with Willis Group Holdings, a global insurance broker with operations in Maine, has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Susan L. Curtis Foundation.

The Susan L. Curtis Foundation is a Portland-based nonprofit that aims to build the individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of economically disadvantaged Maine children through the provision of tuition-free, high quality camping, educational and social experiences.

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation runs both Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham and the Susan Curtis Arts Education Center in Lovell.

Willis associate Michael Schumacher made the presentation July 15, at Camp Susan Curtis to Melissa Cilley, executive director of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation.

“Willis of Northern New England and the Willis Foundation are honored and very proud to give back to the local communities in which we live and work,” said Dennis Londgren, managing partner of Willis of Northern New England.

“The Susan L. Curtis Foundation is an organization we feel strongly committed to supporting because of their mission to improve the lives of underprivileged Maine children and young adults. Our support of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation dates back 40 years and our commitment to the Susan L. Curtis Foundation and other local programs will continue into the future.”

Willis is an insurance broker providing employee benefits and risk management solutions in a wide range of industries. Willis of Northern New England supports 80 employees from its offices in Auburn, Bangor, New Gloucester and Portland.

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The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting nominations for its annual “Real Heroes Award” through Sept. 16.

The award is given to people who have demonstrated an act of heroism, and will be presented during the 15th annual Real Heroes Breakfast Nov. 17 at the Bangor Civic Center.

“Real heroes are people whose acts of courage, kindness and selflessness have helped save lives,” said Allen Campbell, board chairman for the local Red Cross disaster services agency.

“Each year since 1997, the Pine Tree Chapter has recognized true heroes among us. Last year, heroes from Bucksport, Etna, Castine, Addison, Cherryfield, Jonesport, Columbia Falls and Glenburn were celebrated as people who made a difference,” Campbell said.

Real heroes nominees must live, study or work in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox, Waldo, Hancock or Washington counties.

Their heroic acts must have taken place between July 1, 2010 and Sept. 15, 2011 in any one of those counties. Real heroes will be selected by a community committee.

Nomination forms are available by calling the Pine Tree Chapter at 941-2903, ext. 106, or at the Chapter’s Bangor 73 Hammond St. office through Sept. 16.

Nominations will be accepted in person, by phone, by emailing sirotam@maineredcross.org, faxing 941-2906, or by mail, 73 Hammond St. Bangor 04401.

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On behalf of the Washington-Hancock counties Project Linus and St. Croix International Quilters president Dianne Finnegan of Jonesport, Bonnie Hunter of Pembroke recently delivered 25 quilts to Greenland Point Center Executive Director Jon Speed. The quilts were made during a workshop in Calais that was coordinated by Finnegan.

Project Linus has hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers throughout the U.S. Each volunteer and each local chapter works together to help achieve the organization’s mission, which is to help provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need by providing gifts of new, handmade quilts and blankets created by Project Linus volunteers.

Greenland Point is a conservation camp that promotes healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship by providing children and adults, including those with disabilities, with a natural setting and programs that teach outdoor skills, leadership, ethics and alternatives to substance abuse.

Its mission focuses on a special appreciation and understanding of the Maine ecological heritage and an acknowledgement of the responsibility everyone has to continue this legacy.

For information about Project Linus, call Finnegan at 497-5947.

For information about St. Croix Quilters, call Hunter at 726-5117, and for information about Greenland Point, call Speed at 796-5186.

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