The Maine Red Claws Home Court Heroes award, presented by UNUM, aims to recognize Mainers who go above and beyond in their local communities to support and have an impact on the goals of various organizations.
March 17, 2019 – Elizabeth Lurvey, Special Olympics Cumberland County Area Manager
Elizabeth Lurvey is the Special Olympics Cumberland County Area Manager. She has been instrumental in offering sport opportunities in a hands-on manner to over 700 Special Olympics Cumberland County athletes including area competitions in swimming, trach & field, and bowling. In addition, Elizabeth continues to provide direct instruction to area athletes in unified volleyball, floor hockey, softball, soccer and flag football.
March 15, 2019 – PTSD Service Dogs for Veterans
Hagen and Gina are representatives from K9’s on the Front Line, a Portland, Maine based non-profit organization that provides trained PTSD service dogs to military combat veterans at no cost to the recipients. K9’s on the Front Line has served over 100 veterans so far and is still expanding its reach. Many of the K9’s on the Front Line’s staff have first-hand knowledge of the effects of PTSD and have experienced the intimate process of tailoring each dog to the individuals’ needs.
March 7, 2019 – Michelle Hayes, Kids First Vice Chair
Michelle has been involved with Kids First their the early days back in the 90’s. She is a passionate voice for helping over 3,500 in-need kids and parents that the organization works with each year. She is the former Vice President of Hannaford and also on the board at Thomas College and Good Shepherd Food Bank.
March 3, 2019 – Sean Farrell, Maine Army National Guard Family Program
Not only has Sean Farrell volunteered at this Family Program, he is a service member himself in the Maine Army National Guard. Sean has put in personal hours to ensure that service members are their families had an enjoyable holiday season. Sean and his wife, Sara, are always ready and willing to volunteer for the program and assist in any way possible. With Sean’s efforts, the Maine Army National Guard Family Program was able to assist 155 military families this past Thanksgiving and Christmas.
March 1, 2019 – Erinn Rossignol, Boots2Roots Volunteer
Boots2Roots is a non-profit that helps prepare active duty military members and their families who are planning to transition to Maine so they can hit the ground running when they get there. Erinn Rossignol single handedly ran every aspect in fundraising for the “Greater Giving” program coordination. The inaugural event ran flawlessly due to Erinn’s hard work. Erinn works full time, is an amazing single mother of two and gives her all to it.
Feb. 9, 2019 – Ted Trafton, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Ted and Camron were matched in April of 2013. They have shared many fun adventures over the years, their most favorite activity being going to the movies. Ted feels very lucky to have Camron in his life and they truly have an incredible bond. They are both very thankful for their match with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Feb. 2, 2019 – Fred Madiera, Portland Mentoring Alliance
Fred started mentoring in September 2018 and has been a shining example of what is means to be a mentor. He and his mentee do all sorts of activities together such as working on homework and working on the students post-graduate plans. Throughout the year, Fred has never missed a check in and really takes the time to make a personal connection with his mentee.
Jan. 26, 2019 – Perry Cohan-Smith, STRIVE Volunteer
Perry spends every Friday volunteering at STRIVE’s Friday Night Program. She is also a dedicated volunteer at other STRIVE events. She is currently on the planning committee for STRIVEROCKS2019 which is an initiative to get more high school seniors involved with STRIVE. She was awarded STRIVE’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year. Perry always brings a positive attitude and great spirit to all STRIVE programs.
Jan. 12, 2019 – Devan Kane, Mental Health Advocate
Devan Kane, a long-term-care benefits specialist was a competitive ice hockey goalie at Sacred Heart University. After many troubling injuries and surgeries at kept her off the ice, Devan became depressed. Instead of allowing her depression to hold her back, Devan decided to fight. Along with her athletic trainer, Casey, Devan started an initiative on the Sacred Heart campus, “Heart to Heart” which raise awareness for suicide prevention.
Dec. 14, 2018 – Mimi Banksmith & Owen Richards, Sophomores at Deering High School
Mimi and Owen are sophomores at Deering High School. They are holding a food and clothing drive to provide families within the Deering community. Their goal was to help as many families who are in need with food and clothing during the winter season.