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United Way of Greater Portland announces 2013 Meg Baxter Legacy Award recipient

Posted June 28, 2013, at 10:19 a.m.
Last modified June 28, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Barbara K. Wheaton
Barbara K. Wheaton

PORTLAND, Maine — United Way of Greater Portland presented the 2013 Meg Baxter Legacy Award to Barbara K. Wheaton at the annual Legacy Reception, held on June 27, at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth. Recipients of the 2013 Kenneth Jordan Higgins Memorial Scholarships also were announced at the event.

The 2013 Legacy reception was sponsored by Pierce Atwood LLP.

The Meg Baxter Legacy Award celebrates the leadership role one person has played in the long-term success and strength of the United Way of Greater Portland and its Foundation.

A partner at Pierce Atwood since 1996, Barbara K. Wheaton has provided sophisticated, solution-driven estate planning services to individuals and families for more than 25 years. Her legal practice includes all aspects of estate planning, charitable giving, and estate and trust administration. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Barbara is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates, is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and was named 2013 Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates in Maine by Best Lawyers.

A trustee of the United Way of Greater Portland Foundation since 1998, Barbara has served as chairwoman since 2008. In this role, she also holds a seat on the United Way Board of Directors where her leadership and perspectives on planning for the future are highly valued. She also serves on the Community Impact Investment Committee for health-related initiatives, and has included United Way in her own estate plans.

The Kenneth Jordan Higgins Memorial Scholarships are extended to students who have been accepted for admission to an accredited post-secondary vocational school, college, university, or graduate school who are residents of Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Scarborough, or Cape Elizabeth, and who can demonstrate financial need in order to attend such institution. The scholarships are provided under the terms of the last will and testament of Harlan B. Higgins of South Portland in memory of his son, Kenneth Jordan Higgins.

The recipients of the 2013 scholarships are: Michael Curran of Portland High School; Anastasija Filipovic of South Portland High School; Brianna Greenblatt of Westbrook High School; and Kathleen Huffines of Scarborough High School.

United Way of Greater Portland has been working to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities for more than 80 years.

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