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May 9, 2017

Volunteers and Community Partners Honored at Barn Raising

Volunteers and Community Partners Honored at Barn Raising; Three Awards to be Presented at Annual Fund Raising Event

(May 18, 2017) —  The annual fund raising event, Barn Raising, will be held May 18th at 5:30 p.m. in The Opportunity Alliance’s Family Center, 50 Lydia Lane in South Portland. In the spirit of an old fashioned barn raising, the evening promises to be a casual and fun event bringing together friends and supporters over drinks and good food to build community and strengthen our neighborhoods.  The Opportunity Alliance will also be honoring three individuals who have worked to improve their communities over the past year.

The annual fund raising event, Barn Raising, will be held May 18th at 5:30 p.m. in The Opportunity Alliance’s Family Center, 50 Lydia Lane in South Portland. In the spirit of an old fashioned barn raising, the evening promises to be a casual and fun event bringing together friends and supporters over drinks and good food to build community and strengthen our neighborhoods. 

 

The Opportunity Alliance will also be honoring three individuals who have worked to improve their communities over the past year:

Resident Leader of the Year, Ardo Mohamed Sharif: Originally from Somalia, Ardo now lives in Portland’s Riverton Park neighborhood.  She is deeply committed to finding ways to bring the entire Riverton community together, with a particular focus on improving the overall safety of the neighborhood.  She has helped to organize and lead multiple community building events, worked with local schools to improve how families in Riverton are served. She also has volunteered for many years at Riverton Elementary school.

 

Volunteer of the Year, Dana Randall: A resident of Portland’s Parkside neighborhood, Dana is a dedicated volunteer and community asset to The Opportunity Alliance’s Parkside Neighborhood Center.  A welcoming host with a friendly face, he regularly assists with the Family and Senior Supper nights at the Center helping with meal preparation, serving food, and cleaning up afterward. Dana has also been a regular volunteer at the Center’s quarterly Giveaway Day.

 

Both Dana and Ardo represent the highest ideals of TOA’s Resident-Led Community Building efforts. Resident-Led Community Building attempts to help transform target neighborhoods into communities where individuals and families know each other, care about each other and eventually take care of each other. Resident-Led Community Building helps to empower communities to achieve what they want for their children, families and neighborhoods.

The third honoree, Community Partner of the Year, goes to Mike Concannon, owner of the Cape Elizabeth businesses, Port Printing Solutions and C Salt Gourmet Market. An active and engaged member of the community, Mike has been an invaluable supporter of The Opportunity Alliance for many years both as volunteer and donor.

 

Tickets for Barn Raising may be purchased through The Opportunity Alliance website: www.opportunityalliance.org

 

For more information, please contact Jim Gemmell: 523-5014; jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org.

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