Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Avery Yale Kamila dishes about southern Maine's hottest parties.
About 80 people gathered at USM's Abromson Community Education Center in Portland tonight for a reception and private screening of five short films. Called A Circle of Films, the event was hosted by Goodwill of Northern New England and featured the work of young filmmakers, who were tapped by the nonprofit to create the work.
Filmmakers Nick Brennan and John Logan Pierson were on the road touring with another film, but the other three filmmakers joined Goodwill's President & CEO Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (granddaughter of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt) on the stage after the screening for a Q&A. From left they are Logen Christopher who directed "Circles"), Stuart Townsend (who directed "New Wheels") and Jeff Griecci (who directed two shorts called "Coming Full Circle"). You can watch all the films on YouTube at www.youtube.com/goodwillnne.
While taking a diverse approach to the subject, all the films explore the work Goodwill does - from recycling clothing to providing employment opportunities. The cycle of donated clothing creating jobs which in turn allow people to buy new shirts they will one day donate to Goodwill is what the nonprofit calls the virtuous circle.
Gracie, a 16-week-old female golden retriever generated quite a stir when Meg Wilson brought her out during the Kids First Gala Auction, held tonight at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth. She was number three on tonight's live auction docket (subject to the successful bidder completing a screening process) and generated oohs, aahs and outstretched hands for the duration of her appearance on the auction floor. When the gavel fell, the lucky bidder paid $1,500 for the privilege.
All the money raised tonight supports the center's programs for children and adults experiencing separation and divorce. Kids First aims to prevent the emotional trauma kids can suffer when their parents go through a messy divorce.
Hundreds of people partied across three floors of the Maine College of Art tonight for the 16th annual Art Honors. The event drew major movers and shakers in Maine's art scene and introduced them to this year's class of graduating seniors. From the sushi bar in the student lounge to the molecular gastronomy cocktails in the science lab to the three artists sketching portraits of guests, the party featured lots of attractions.
But the highlight was the awards ceremony.
Dr. Bob McAfee, a living legend in Maine medicine, was honored tonight with the Hanley Leadership Award during a dinner held at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland. Above, Dr. McAfee smiles and waves to the crowd after receiving the award. His wife, Doris, is behind him and to her right are Gordon Smith, of the Maine Medical Association, and Dr. Sean Hanley, who chairs the board of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, which is named for his father.
Dr. McAfee is a past president (and the only one from Maine) of the American Medical Association, where he succeeded in getting the organization to recognize that domestic violence is a medical issue. He's a trustee emeritus for the University of New England, a founding member of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence and the former chairman of the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine advisory council.
In addition to presenting the award, the Hanley Center introduced the first crop of McAfee Fellows to the crowd. The fellows are all physicians completing an advanced leadership training course, offered in conjunction with the Heller School at Brandeis University.
More than 300 people crowded into Hannaford Hall at USM's Abromson Center in Portland tonight for the second annual Blue Wrap Project Runway fashion show. Once again the show was a huge hit, garnering multiple standing ovations, cheers and applause. The event benefits Partners for World Health, which collects discarded but still usable medical supplies and distributes them to Third World countries. In the photo above, Partners for World Health founder Elizabeth McLellan shows 4-year-old Avery Murphy where to stand at the end of the show. Elizabeth is wearing a gown designed by Michelle Arnold and Avery is wearing a ballerina dress designed by Erika Lynn Smith.
The show featured 40 models wearing clothing created by an almost equal number of designers. All of the couture was made from the disposable medical product known as blue wrap.
Here's a look at some of the designs spotted on the runway: