AUGUSTA — Harold Alfond, in memoriam, was presented with the Compassion in Action award Wednesday by representatives of The Missing Peace Project and its cosponsors the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Committee of 100 for Tibet at MaineGeneral Health’s Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, according to a MaineGeneral news release.

The Harold Alfond Foundation, represented by Alfond’s grandson, David Pearl, and chairman, Greg Powell, accepted the award along with the pair of Dexter Shoe Co. shoes given to the Dalai Lama by Alfond.

The Compassion in Action award recognizes individuals and organizations that help create a better world.

Presenting the award were Tenzin Tethong, a distinguished fellow of Stanford’s Tibetan Studies Initiative, president of the Dalai Lama Foundation and chairman of the Committee of 100 for Tibet; and Darlene Markovich, founding executive director for The Missing Peace Project.

The shoes will be displayed at the cancer center.

Alfond was a local business entrepreneur and founder of Dexter Shoe Co.

He later created the Harold Alfond Foundation, which, in his lifetime, gave away more than $100 million to charitable causes. He died in 2007.

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