Legion Square spreads the love

Legion Square Market, an 82-year-old South Portland business, was honored Feb. 11 for safeguarding customers and employees during the pandemic. The city’s Economic Development Committee made the announcement as part of its 2020 Business Awards. Alan Cardinal of Scarborough, shown here, and his wife, Sylvia Most, have owned the store since 2012. In addition to supporting both the South Portland and Westbrook Food Cupboards, Cardinal personally delivers orders to customers who can’t get to the store. “In a crisis such as this one, we need to help each other,” he said. “People need to feel safe in our store and safe in our neighborhood.” Contributed / The Knight Canney Group



KeyCorp recently received two national honors that highlight its longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

For the 13th time, the bank was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a leading employer for LGBTQ Equality. Key scored a perfect 100 points on the Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For the second year, Key was recognized within Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index, which tracks the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting, including female leadership, equal pay, sexual harassment policies and a pro-women brand.

“This recognition highlights the work that everyone at Key does each day to make all of our teammates and clients feel welcome,” said Greg Jones, KeyBank’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “A long-time commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to our purpose and aligns with our values, from the teammates we hire and the clients we serve, to the suppliers we use and the communities that welcome us.”

Portside Real Estate Group is pleased to announce that Dava Davin and Jessica Nason have been selected as RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmakers, a group of key influencers making headlines as a result of their contributions to the real estate industry.

Davin, owner and founder of Portside was named a 2021 Inspiration and recognized for “being big-hearted and brave.” RISMedia noted her leadership throughout the pandemic and commitment to philanthropy. Davin, a resident of Cumberland, founded Portside in 2012 and has grown the company to be the largest female-owned real estate firm in Maine.


Nason, marketing director of Portside, was named a 2021 Trendsetter and honored for her creative approach to managing Portside’s brand and the critical role she has played in establishing Portside Gives Back to raise funds for Maine nonprofits. Nason, a resident of South Portland, was recently elected president of the Junior League of Portland.

Julie Brennan recently earned her licensed clinical social worker certification. She is the director of Behavioral Services at Pine Tree Society in Scarborough, where she oversees case management for adults and children with disabilities.


The Cedars of Portland is delighted to announce that The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder Family has awarded a $500,000 grant toward The Cedars’ memory support programs serving older adults in Maine. In recognition of this gift, The Cedars will name the “Lunder Memory Care Household” for assisted living on the first floor of the newly constructed Sam L. Cohen Households, which will officially open in March.

The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Charity Foundation Fund has awarded $82,500 to 11 nonprofit organizations, including Equality Maine Foundation in Portland to maintain programming and statewide outreach efforts to keep LGBTQ+ older adults socially connected during a time of physical distancing.

Giving back

Ocean State Job Lot, with stores in Falmouth and Biddeford, announced that 42,000 winter coats, nearly 12,000 more than last year, were donated during the 2020 “Buy, Give, Get” program. From October through early January, the program encouraged customers to buy a winter coat and give it back to the store to donate to a veteran.

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