Marden’s summer camp scholarship effort raises $36,000

A month-long campaign by Marden’s locations in Maine raised more than $36,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, according to a press release from the company.

The campaign, which sold mobiles to raise the money, supports summer camp for Maine children who have muscle disease. Halfway through the August campaign, Marden’s corporate office announced that it would match customer donations up to $10,000. The MDA of Maine was presented with a check for $36,711 from Marden’s when the fundraiser was finished.

“The support of Marden’s locations locally in our state means so much to the families we serve in Maine” said Ashley King, executive director of the MDA Maine. “The best week of the year is made possible because of the generous support of Marden’s employees and customers.”

The money goes to the MDA of Maine Summer Camp, which is hosted at Camp Waban in Sanford. Children and young adults enjoy a barrier-free week.

Mid-Maine Shelter, KV YMCA board members honored

The four finalists for the 2014 Leadership and Luminaries Award, given to non-profit board members and sponsored by the Bank of Maine, include volunteers from Waterville’s Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter and Augusta’s Kennebec Valley YMCA.

Finalists for the award are Norman Elvin, Kennebec Valley YMCA; Doug Cutchin, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter; Sandra Caron, Community Library, Lyman; Melissa Lin, Portland School of Ballet.

An independent committee appointed by the bank reviewed more than 90 nominations submitted from across the state and considered criterion including excellence in board governance, supported by demonstrated examples of inspiration, creativity and ingenuity.

There will be one grand prize winner, to be revealed at the Oct. 3 Maine Association of Nonprofits Finance Conference ceremony, who will receive $10,000 in grant money for his or her organization. The other three finalists will each receive $2,500 in grant money for their nonprofit groups.

In addition to the four finalists, Richard Barnard, St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse Association and Susan Koch, Wayfinder Schools, will receive Emerging Board Leader awards.

Smith to Join Lipman & Katz’ new Bangor office

Bangor attorney and founder of Smith Law Offices, Stephen Smith, will join Augusta law firm Lipman & Katz, according to a press release from the firm. The current Smith Law Offices on Central Street in Bangor officially became a second location for Lipman & Katz earlier this month.

“Steve will be an excellent addition to the Lipman & Katz team of attorneys. We look forward to incorporating his unique skills and experience into our client services. Also, the new location will be a convenient meeting place for clients in the Bangor area,” said Lipman & Katz partner Melissa Reynolds O’Dea.

Smith officially joined the firm Sept. 15, bringing with him more than 16 years of experience as a trial lawyer and a strong background in criminal defense, personal injury and family law, according to the release. Smith handles cases statewide, including Aroostook County, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and federal and state courts. He has also been a longtime member of the Bar of the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribal courts.

“I look forward to joining Lipman & Katz. While I have enjoyed my solo practice for many years, associating with such a well-respected firm is very desirable,” said Smith. Smith is a native and resident of Whitefield.

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