Margaret Logan- Society Notebook
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A downpour forces Spurwink’s Humanitarian Awards ceremony inside, providing an apt metaphor for the organization focusing this year on children in crisis.
As torrential rains fell, forcing partygoers at the Spurwink Humanitarian Awards to retreat from a seated dinner under a heated tent outside to the Circus Maine building at Thompson’s Point, Eric Meyer, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit, seized the moment.
“This is the kind of shelter that Spurwink tries to provide,” he said, raising his hands up toward the deluge.
He was speaking to the 500 guests assembled for the Oct. 21 award ceremony honoring Bruce and Annemarie Albiston, co-founders of the Aphasia Center of Maine & the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center; Troy Brown, former New England Patriot, three-time Super Bowl champion and author; and Dr. Lawrence Ricci, medical director of Spurwink’s Child Abuse Program.
“I cannot help but be struck by the metaphor of this storm, this tent, providing shelter.… That is what we try to do … provide families shelter from the storm.”
The evening began with a cocktail reception inside Circus Maine, where guests mingled with the evening’s honorees and were entertained by graceful aerial acrobatics high above.