March 16, 2010

Spring Harbor marks decade of care

— In the long run, 10 years is just a short time. Specifically speaking, Spring Harbor Hospital's first decade has produced significant results in the treatment of children and adults with mental illness.

A recent gathering at the Falmouth home of Sheri and Joe Boulos offered information about the hospital and its Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Guests met under a tent, where several speakers described the hospital and its programs. CEO Dennis King referred to Spring Harbor as a community-owned non-profit facility affiliated with Maine Medical Center.

Judy and Al Glickman were co-hosts of the early evening event. Judy mentioned their firsthand knowledge of the hospital, adding their appreciation of the outstanding and caring staff. Several months ago, the family contributed $1 million to establish the Glickman Family Center.

The party hosts also founded Friends of Spring Harbor, a program of charitable support for the center. Dr. Girard Robinson, chief medical officer, and Dr. Douglas Robbins, medical chair, spoke about the center's goals and the importance of financial assistance.

Among Friends attending were Kaye and David Flanagan, David and Maria Glaser, Dick Aronson, Mike and Bridget Healy and Sam and Nancy Ladd. Potential Friends include Greg Boulos and Nena Alvarez, Jack and Ann Deering, Steve Rossi and Michael and Nancy Beebe.


The Contemporaries looked to the future while celebrating the past. The young supporters of the Portland Museum of Art ''borrowed'' the Charles Quincy Clapp House for empty building tours followed by a reception on the lawn. The Greek Revival home, built in 1832, will eventually undergo restoration.

''This was the most eloquent building in Portland,'' said PMA interim director Tom Denenberg. Tom is also the museum's chief curator. He noted the party was on the eve of construction at 87 Spring St. The former YWCA property will be temporarily transformed into a landscape garden with birch trees forming a setting for the Clapp House.

Event chairs Hilary Robbins and Chris Robinson welcomed guests to the lawn party. ''You're looking at the future of the museum,'' said Hilary. Referring to the more immediate future, Chris announced the Contemporaries will sponsor a rock 'n roll photography show at the PMA next winter.

Meanwhile, soft jazz was ''in'' as Pentatonic entertained the crowd. Hors d'oeuvres had a Tex-Mex flavor, with watermelon martinis favored by all. Among Contemporaries seen socializing were Amber Degn, Eric Roush and Kelly McCormick, Bill Goodman, Jonathan and Kristin Cohen, Gillian Schair and Bill and Stacie Waldron.


''Celebrating Life'' was about healing. The event was a dinner and fashion show to benefit the Oncology-Hematology Center at Mercy Hospital. The Auxiliary to Mercy presented the stylish affair at the Marriott Hotel.

Event chair Janet Robinson and Auxiliary president Julie Morin welcomed 200 people to the Grand Ballroom. Julie told guests that the group had already raised more than $1 million for the hospital.

While Mercy development supervisor Kim Toppi was supervising dinner details, her nieces were distributing raffle tickets. Megan and Madison, 11-year-old twins from Texas, are staying with Aunt Kim for the summer while their mother, Maj. Torre Toppi Donaldson, serves in Iraq. Torre, a Portland native, is a U.S. Air Force trauma nurse.

Fashion show models included survivors and health-care providers. To mention a few stars and styles, Elaine Cyr topped her gaucho pants with a ''bling'' jacket. Dr. William Demicco took a turn on the runway in casual khaki pants and a print shirt. Dr. Anna Niegowska combined brown slacks with a cool top in a rich chocolate shade. Choosing combinations of black and white were Lenore Kraus, Dr. Marta Quijano and Brooke Gowdy-Johnson.

Michelle Boss made the scene in a melon ''cha-cha gown.'' Meredith Strang Burgess showed off a bright red gown draped with chiffon, then a gold jacket paired with a long white skirt.


On the opera front, PORTopera celebrated its 14th season in grand style. Opening night for ''Romeo et Juliette'' began at the Regency Hotel with the President's Dinner, sponsored by the Richard Baldwin family. Among guests dining with artistic director Dona D. Vaughn were Ellie Caulkins and Ian and Barbara White-Thomson. The Caulkins Opera Theatre in Denver is named for Ellie, who summers on Islesboro. The White-Thomsons, vacationing on Peaks Island, are involved with the Los Angeles Opera.

After the performance, board member Jim Bucknam arranged a reception to honor Encore 100 donors and special guests. Opera News editor-in-chief Paul Driscoll mentioned he viewed the Georgia O'Keeffe photo exhibit at the PMA. Phillip Johnston, recently retired director of the Santa Barbara Art Museum, was in from Boothbay with his wife, Jane.

John and Liz Serrage of Cape Elizabeth were hosts at the annual garden party for cast and contributors. Angela LeBlanc and her committee introduced PORTopera's new cookbook, ''Cucina del Bel Canto.''

The curtain came down on Opera Week with a cast party orchestrated by the company's chorus.

Natalie Brenner has been observing and writing about the social scene for the Maine Sunday Telegram for 29 years.

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