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    Erin Tucker Rice, 35
    Director of Marketing and Development
    Pine Tree Society

    Last summer, Pine Tree Camp –
    which serves roughly 650 Maine
    children and adults with disabilities
    – opened a fully accessible, airconditioned
    dining hall for campers
    to great acclaim and applause. But
    that new dining hall would not have
    been built without the efforts of
    Forty Under 40 Award winner Erin

    Erin, 35, is the director of marketing
    and development for the Pine Tree
    Society, which operates the camp
    and, as such, is responsible for
    attracting funding. Her hard work
    resulted in a substantial grant from
    the Alfond Foundation to build the
    dining hall.

    Yet her fundraising work is far
    from over. The society’s master plan
    calls for capital improvements of
    $5.1 million. So far, she’s helped raise
    half of that amount for much-needed
    improvements at the camp, such as
    the dining hall, a wellness center
    completed in 2008, and a staff lodge
    constructed in 2008-2009.

    “I’m really focused on raising
    money for more capital
    improvements at the camp,†Erin
    says. “I really love that we’re focused
    on meeting unmet needs through
    innovative programs.â€Â

    She says that one of the prime
    motivators for her is interacting and
    connecting with people committed
    to the Pine Tree Society and its
    programs. “It’s all about the people
    we serve. Seeing their transformation
    is really amazing to me.â€Â

    Creative, caring, compassionate,
    driven and ambitious describe
    Erin best, says Donna Murphy,
    who nominated Erin for the Forty
    Under 40 Award. “She has greatly
    enhanced Pine Tree Society’s
    reputation as a leader in services for
    those with disabilities and has grown
    her department to oversee not just
    marketing and communications, but
    also development.â€Â

    In addition, Erin –
    a Maine native –
    is co-founder of the Southern Maine
    Autism Conference for families who
    have a child with autism and the
    providers who work with them. “I
    love the fact that we get such amazing
    feedback from the conference. It’s
    exceeded my expectations.â€Â

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