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Maine Children's Alliance to honor Champions for Children
FREEPORT — The Maine Children's Alliance will honor distinguished Mainers receiving awards for their outstanding service for children at the 19th annual Champions for Children event on Oct. 3. Members of the public are invited to attend this celebration, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, at 5:30 p.m. Former Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Daniel Wathen, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.
The Champions for Children "Giraffe Awards" are presented to individuals and organizations who are "sticking their neck out for children." The 2013 honorees are working tirelessly against many challenges to support and protect Maine's children.
The Director's Award - to Maine Early Learning Investment Group (MELIG), a group of business leaders who know the success of Maine's economy depends on well-educated, skilled and innovative workers. They also know children's early experiences provide the foundation for success in school and work. That's why MELIG leaders have chosen to invest in the healthy development of Maine's youngest children and their families. They know it's the surest way to improve student achievement and the quality of Maine's workforce.
Two Individual Giraffe Awards - to Julia Sleeper and Dr. Steve Feder.
Julia Sleeper is the Executive Director at the Tree Street Youth Center. The Center supports the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through academics, the arts and athletics while providing a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional and academic development while building unity across lines of difference.
Dr. Steve Feder, DO at Miles Memorial Hospital in Boothbay Harbor. Dr. Feder has been practicing pediatrics on the mid coast for his entire 15-year career. He is originally from Portland, Ore., and completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Bates College, medical school at UNECOM and his pediatrics Residency at the Boston City Hospital /Boston Children's Hospital program. Dr. Feder is currently Medical Staff President at Lincoln County Healthcare and President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is assistant professor of clinical pediatrics for Tufts University in their Maine program and he serve as the Medical Director for school-based health centers at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle and Boothbay Region HS. Dr. Feder enjoyed doing volunteer work in both Uganda and St. Lucia, and resides in Edgecomb with his wife, Amy Winston and daughter, Josee.
Youth Award - to Alyssa Withee, whose life revolves around children, despite barely being an adult herself at 22 years old. Her work, her social life, her worship life all revolve around little hands, little minds and little souls. She is a full-time college student and supports herself by working as an aide in a private preschool, Hand in Hand Early Learning Center, and a private daycare. These are not simply jobs to Alyssa - this is time spent with her kids, many of whom are served in both facilities. She understands their personalities and respects their voices, their uniqueness. She also understands the parents' needs and respects their concerns!
Two Organizational Leader Awards - The Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, (AFFM) and the Kinship Program were formed by a group of foster, adoptive and kinship providers in 1997. It is a membership driven association. AFFM was incorporated in 1998 and began contracting with DHHS in 1999. The program is statewide and serves over 1100 foster families, 1300 adoptive families, and 800 kinship families. Supports include but are not limited to training and education, knowledge and resources needed to provide appropriate care to Maine's children in out-of-home placements, lending library, toll free access 24/7, a monthly newsletter and material goods.
The Environmental Health Strategies Center promotes human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy. EHSC believes that every person has a right to a clean and healthful environment wherever they live, work, learn or play. They envision a future in which an environmentally sustainable economy provides good jobs, healthy communities and social justice for all. EHSC prevents harm by working to remove toxic chemicals from common products and stimulating innovation for safer products. Cancer, learning disabilities and reproductive problems are affecting too many families. Many of these are linked to dangerous chemicals in products used every day. For a decade EHSC has helped protect families from chronic health problems through education, outreach, and successful advocacy for laws to phase out dangerous chemicals like arsenic in wooden playgrounds and BPA in baby bottles.
The evening will feature good food, inspiring honorees, and a silent auction. Those interested in attending can contact Tonia Stevens at 623-1868 ext. 207 or email@example.com to make a reservation for the evening.