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By October 3, 2018November 15th, 2018Press Release

PORTLAND, ME – Spurwink Services will host its 32nd annual Humanitarian Awards on Friday, October 12th at Brick South Events Center, Thompson’s Point, in Portland. Three honorees will be celebrated and honored that evening, who have shown a commitment to Spurwink’s mission – going the distance for those in need.

This year’s theme is “A Night in Casablanca,” and attendees can expect Brick South to be transformed into a 1940’s night club. The evening will include dinner, awards, and a live and silent auction. Guests can enjoy complimentary wine, a cash bar, and a fabulous night supporting the important work that Spurwink does throughout the state of Maine.

Spurwink’s Outpatient and Community Services (OCS) will be highlighted this year, which includes case management, outpatient therapy, public school counseling, foster care placement, therapeutic care for refugee and immigrant children and families, and more.

“We are so pleased to showcase the work being done by Spurwink’s statewide Outpatient and Community Services this year,” said Spurwink President and CEO Eric Meyer, LCSW, MBA. “Every day, the lives of people across our state are positively impacted by this important part of our organization. The amazing staff who work in these services live out our mission and truly demonstrate the best of Spurwink. I am proud every day to call them my colleagues.”

The Spurwink Humanitarian Award’s Ceremony will honor these champions:

Danielle M. Conway: Humanitarian Award

Danielle M. Conway is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. She is a leading expert in public procurement law, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property law.

Sun Life Financial: Corporate Care Award

For over 120 years, Sun Life has been providing employee benefits in the U.S. to help people protect what they love. Sun Life’s community involvement focuses on programs and initiatives that empower people to live healthier lives.

Dick Tryon: Going the Distance Award

In 1976, Dick and his wife, Nora Tryon, co-founded Community Support Services, Inc., later to become Community Partners, Inc. (CPI), a non-profit with the goal to develop community living and support services for people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

“This year’s honorees, Dean Danielle Conway, Dick Tryon, and Sun Life Financial, have been extraordinary in their efforts to support the most vulnerable members of our community, and we are proud to share their stories,” said Alistair Raymond, Chair of Spurwink’s Board of Directors. “Their unique contributions differ from Spurwink’s, but together we share the same mission of going the distance to help others in need.”

Sponsors for the Humanitarian Awards include Sun Life Financial, CBRE | The Boulos Company, CBRE | Boulos Asset Management, Foreside Financial Group, Maine Center Ventures, Martin’s Point Health Care, and USI Insurance. Additional sponsors include Aetna, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hannaford, WEX Corporation, Bath Savings, Behavioral Information Systems, Bernstein Shur, Cate Street Operations, Coffee by Design, Group Market Share, JB Brown & Sons, Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, KeyBank, Marcus Clegg, PC Construction, Sheridan Construction, Systems Engineering, Volk Packaging, and Wright-Ryan Construction, Inc. Maine Magazine is the exclusive media partner for this event.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to learn how to support this event or Spurwink in general, contact Abby Peck, Director of Annual Giving & Special Events, at 207. 821.1211, ext. 2106 or Visit for 2018 Humanitarian Awards event information.

About Spurwink

Spurwink is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of mental health, education, and residential services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Spurwink offers specialized programs throughout Maine with a commitment to caring relationships and treatment expertise, grounded in evidence-based, best and promising practices. For more information, visit, or call 207.871.1200.