Maine Behavioral Healthcare Raises $38,000 to Fund Vital Volunteer Program and Honor Local Heroes

April 16, 2018


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Contact: Valerie Compagna at 207-661-6633

Nearly 300 community members gathered for Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s 13th annual Heroes with Heart fundraising event held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine on April 5th. The annual Heroes with Heart event is used to raise funds for the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Greater Portland, a program of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. The event recognizes the exceptional compassion and kindness shown to survivors of trauma by honoring TIP volunteers, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and medical professionals.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s CEO Stephen M. Merz, FACHE welcomed the crowd and acknowledged the “unsung heroes” by thanking them for the important service they provide to the community.

The following TIP volunteers all from greater Portland were recognized for their years of service:

  • 3 Months: Deborah Kalikow-Pluck, Rebecca Hitchcock, Alicia Castillo, Kevin Brown, Katheryn Sheehan, Judith Johnstone, Knox Johnstone, Katherine Maxsimic
  • 1 Year: Tessa Maxsimic, Michelle Hebert, Tom Hennessey, Margaret Nareff, Karen McKinney, Erin Corica
  • 1.5 Years: Bridget Rauscher, Janet Russell-Duggan
  • 2 Years: Elaine Corriveau, David Storer, Ellen Planer
  • 2.5 Years: Kim Caron, Kathy Tyson
  • 3.5 Years: Duncan Perry, Mary Connolly
  • 4.5 Years: Gayle Raposa, Casey McKeown
  • 5 Years: Nancy Glover
  • 6 Years: Trisha Allenwood
  • 7 Years: Linda Reinholdtsen, Jeff Croft, Judith Friedlaender, Michael Holley
  • 9 Years: Debbie Hunter
  • 13 Years: Sandy Grubb

The following emergency room staff at Maine Medical Center and Portland area first responders were recognized for their outstanding care and compassion:

  • Lieutenant Stephen Nee, Portland Police Department
  • Officer Joshua Katuzny, Windham Police Department
  • Deputy Chief Glen Deering, Scarborough Fire Department
  • Detective Sergeant Timothy Gardiner of the Westbrook Fire Department
  • Janelle Hall of Westbrook's Public Safety Communications Division
  • Cindi Rathbone, RN, Maine Medical Center Emergency Department
  • Joshua Probrislo, South Portland Fire Department
  • Officer Jason Nadeau, Portland Police Department
  • Officer Ryan Le, South Portland Police Department
  • Linda Josti, RN, Maine Medical Center Special Care Unit

A highlight of the evening included presentation of the Heart of Gold award to Kelli Deveaux, Principal of Westbrook High School. Deveaux was recognized for her leadership and support demonstrated last fall when the community experienced several tragic losses, most recently to the heartbreak of suicide. Throughout this difficult and challenging time Deveaux showed remarkable compassion in her leadership, and provided a foundation of support to the students and staff.

“My staff is an incredibly resilient and dedicated group of professionals, who have repeatedly risen to the challenge of loss, well before I got to Westbrook,” said Deveaux. “They deserve the credit for their heartfelt support of our students during repeated deaths this school year setting aside their own grief.”

More than $38,000 was raised to fund the TIP program which included an opportunity to purchase a TIP tool kit -- a resource necessary for each volunteer to have on hand during a call. “We provide items that would be practical or add some level of comfort during a difficult time,” explained TIP Program Manager Leslie Skillin. “The kits include items like tissues, coloring books for children, a flashlight and a Resource Guide that includes vital information that may be needed at the scene of an accident. Our volunteers truly rely on the contents of these kits and we are always adding to them.”

This year’s event was made possible by the generous support of the following: Gold Heart sponsor TruChoice Federal Credit Union, as well as lead sponsors Maine Medical Center, E4H Environments for Health Architecture, Martin’s Point Health Care, Spectrum Healthcare Partners, WEX, Edison Press, Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, Saco & Biddeford Savings, The Tarraza Family, along with Doctors & Nurses United, and Wright-Ryan Homes. Additional support came from Honorary Committee members and through in-kind donations from area businesses.

About TIP
TIP consists of a group of specially-trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional and practical support to survivors of traumatic events. Volunteers are available each and every day 24/7, including holidays. Services are provided to survivors and their families free of charge and are made possible through grants from local government agencies, individuals and corporate donations. All volunteers participate in a training academy offered twice each year prior to their community outreach.
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About Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving more than 20,000 children, adolescents and adults at over 30 locations throughout southern, western, and mid-coast Maine, providing a continuum of coordinated mental healthcare from outpatient community offices to inpatient acute care at Spring Harbor Hospital.
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