AUBURN – More than 130 supporters of the United Way of Androscoggin County celebrated the successes of the 2005 campaign at a recent event held at the Martindale Country Club.

Chairwoman Jennifer Willey, United Way board of directors, extended appreciation to donors, volunteers and staff for support of their community.

“With generous support from local businesses and their employees, the United Way is able to make a difference in the lives of people and their families with the caring and compassionate services that are provided by the staff and volunteers of the partner agencies,” said Willey. “The community also benefits from the hundreds of individuals who volunteer their time and talents to United Way.”

Robert Washington of Auburn, winner of the international competition, “Images of the King,” in Memphis, Tenn., in 2003, entertained. Washington is a loaned executive for United Way through Bath Iron Works.

Jeff Gosselin, vice president of commercial lending at TD Banknorth and 2005-2006 campaign chairman, spoke about the work and commitment of the Campaign Cabinet members.

Recognized for their efforts were Patrick and Patti Butler of Butler Brothers, who chaired the Leaders’ Circle Division; Francine Anstey of Turner, Education Division; Marc Paquette of Androscoggin Bank and Richard Albert of Parent Insurance Agency, Commerce Division; Diane Mulkhey, Central Maine Medical Center, Health Care Division.

Also, Maureen Aube, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, Public Service/Local Government Division; Roxanne Gorham, Bank of America, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Division; and David Wightman, Austin Associates, and Marc Frenette of Skelton, Taintor and Abbott, Professionals Division.

Gosselin introduced individuals who served as loaned executives: Kathleen Cyr of L.L. Bean, who worked with hundreds of companies in the Commerce Division; Kassaundra Theberge of Hannaford Brothers, Health Care and Public Service/Local Government Divisions; Lisa Jordan of TD Banknorth, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Division.

Ray Cook, sponsored by a grant from Formed Fiber Technologies coordinated fundraising efforts in the Commerce and Education Divisions, and Melissa Sparks, sponsored by a grant from Tambrands/Proctor and Gamble, worked with businesses in the Professionals and Nonprofit Divisions.

The celebration peaked with the presentation of several awards to companies who support the United Way. Recognized with New Campaign Awards were: Day’s Jewelers, Lowe’s, NAPPI, One-Right Business Printing, Platz Associates, WahlcoMetroflex, Wal-Mart Distribution Center and Western Maine Transportation Services.

Several other businesses were presented with Outstanding Campaign Awards that demonstrated outstanding campaign practices and a commitment to United Way and the community: Androscoggin Bank, Bachmann Industries, Clariant, Electrostatic Technology, Geiger, city of Lewiston, Liberty Mutual Group, L.L. Bean, Nason Mechanical Systems, Patrons-Oxford Insurance Co., Rowe Fordland, TD Banknorth and the YWCA of Central Maine.

Tambrands/Proctor and Gamble received the Spirit of the Androscoggin Award, the United Way’s highest campaign honor. The annual award is presented to one company in recognition of ongoing dedication to the community and to the United Way of Androscoggin County through its outstanding campaign support and its display of caring through its community outreach efforts.

For more information about the United Way or to find out how to become involved in helping the residents of Androscoggin County, call 795-4000 or visit the Web at www.unitedwayandro.org.


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