June 26, 2011

Society Notebook: A real home run

Hall of Famer Dwight Evans and other friends of the Cromwell Center for Disabilities raise $70,000 to support the nonprofit.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Red Sox Hall of Famer Dwight Evans, second from left, with his wife, Susan Evans, Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness Board Chair Les Otten and Lisa Pierpont of Boston.

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Board member Rachel Williams-Clifford, Annie Brown of Cumberland, Peter Brown, a program director of STRIVE, and board member Terry Brown, who chaired the dinner committee and is not related to Annie and Peter.

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Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, 4:30 to 8 p.m., Southern Maine Community College, South Portland. Sample food and drink from the area's leading chefs and mixologists at a benefit for Preble Street Teen Center, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Cultivating Community and East End Kids Katering. $125. strength.org/portlandme.


Fourth Annual Dine On Auction, 5:30 p.m., Moulton Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Enjoy a reception, dinner, music and a live auction in support of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. $125. www.bowdoinfestival.org.


At least two weeks in advance to Avery Yale Kamila, Maine Sunday Telegram, One City Center, Portland, ME 04101 or akamila@pressherald.com.

Saco-based psychologist Francoise Paradis told me about her work with children who've been bullied.

"They have a lot of anxiety and it's hard for them to trust," Paradis told me. "When kids are educated in a way that builds empathy they're less likely to become bullies."

I sat next to Paradis during dinner, and we had the pleasure of sharing a table with Rep. Terry Morrison, who is the sponsor of an anti-bullying bill, Edie Smith and Ben Tucker, both with Maine Directions, Mary Donahue, Richard L'Heureux and Juliana L'Heureux.

Following Evans' moving speech, Otten and WCSH-6 sports anchor Lee Goldberg took to the stage to conduct a live auction. Otten proved to be a natural auctioneer, reminding the crowd "this is a benefit auction, not a tag sale." People took those instructions seriously, as this portion of the festivities raised more than $10,000.

The evening wrapped up with a funk-filled performance by Motor Booty Affair.

As I departed into the cool night air, I kept hearing Dwight Evans' prediction that "this generation is going to be better and the next one even better than that."

By changing attitudes, the Cromwell Center will play a key role in making this prediction a reality.

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Karen Goldberg and her husband, Lee Goldberg, who is a sports anchor on WCSH-6.

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MaryBeth Lorenz of Freeport, Amy McGeachey-Bond of Cumberland and Heather Gale of Falmouth.


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