GUILFORD — Piscataquis County winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Valley Grange Hall, 172 Guilford Center Road.
Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta to encourage volunteerism. Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, more than 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. Director Bruce Flaherty noted this presentation is based in Piscataquis County “because there are so many awards being given.”
Those to be honored,(and receive a certificate signed by their Maine Legislators, at the county-wide ceremony include: Abbott Historical Society, David Kinney from Atkinson, Beaver Cove School Committee, Bowerbank Fire Department, Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society, Charlotte White Center, Partnership Food Pantry in Greenville, Herring Family from Guilford, Medford Planning Board, Milo’s Summer Meals Program, Monson Summerfest, Parkman Grange, Linda Hall and Wilson Nuite from Sangerville, Sebec Village Associates, Patricia Mace from Shirley, Wellington Fire Department, and Willimantic Civic Association.
The event is open to the public.
“We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Flaherty suggested, adding that certificates from the Maine Legislature will be included. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches.”
Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards.
“All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception,” he said. “We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!”
Additional information about the Foundation is available at http://spiroaf.com and the event at http://valleygrange.com.