Annual Meeting Honorees
Heart of Biddeford is a volunteer driven organization that seeks to collaborate with businesses, volunteers, community organizations and the City of Biddeford to revitalize the downtown. We held the Heart of Biddeford Annual Meeting on Oct. 28, 2013 at Elements, and the HOB Board of Directors drew attention to several community members, businesses and organizations that had a positive impact this year. Beyond the list below, there were so many who served on committees, helped out with events, or donated a service this year. Thank you to all who find their own way to make a difference here in Biddeford!
In addition to those recognized below, we’d like to make sure to recognize all the donors and sponsors who help fund our initiatives. Please read our Annual Report to see what we have accomplished this year as well as to see all the people who have helped make our work possible.
We would like to also call special attention to Bangor Savings, Biddeford Savings, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, for their Platinum and Gold level sponsorships and donations! And thank you to Tammy Ackerman of North40 Creative for your invaluable design consultations and in-kind donations of design services.
Volunteer of the Year: Lisa St. Louis
Lisa St. Louis and her two daughter kept the RiverWalk looking beautiful this year through the Adopt-a-Park program. We appreciate all the groups and individuals that stepped forward to take on a park
Preservationist of the Year: Dana Peck
As Chair of the Biddeford Mills Museum, Dana is a wonderful advocate on behalf of remembering and honoring the history of the mills and the legacy of the mill veterans. The Mill Museum Tours have become an important draw to the downtown, simultaneously providing an entertaining tour while reminding us all how Biddeford found itself on the map. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dana and the Mill Museum by serving as the contact point for tours throughout the summer.
Community Advocate: Vassie and Jack Fowler, of Union House Pub & Pizza
When there’s a group in need, everyone knows to call Vassie and Jack, because if they can possibly help, they will! Vassie and Jack have a huge impact on the community through their turkey dinner drives, and in their reminder to this community about the importance of giving back.
City Partner: The City of Biddeford
When choosing a City Partner this year, the board could not narrow it down to one individual or department, and so they took this opportunity to thank the City of Biddeford for its efforts on various fronts to support the downtown. Whether it was the Department of Public Works supporting events (such as La Kermesse and WinterFest), the Police focussing on downtown safety, the City staff and council working together to make difficult decisions, or the Recreation Department hosting events that serve the whole community, the Heart of Biddeford realizes that anything we do is made possible by the City of Biddeford’s collaborative efforts.
Community Partner: Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center has supported the efforts in the downtown of Heart of Biddeford for several years, and this year we wanted to especially thank them for their service on the HOB Board of Directors and as an advisor to the Healthy Maine Streets program. Southern Maine Medical Center is one of Biddeford’s greatest assets, and we are proud to have them as a partner in our efforts.
Business of the Year: Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Community members often do not hear about businesses doing amazing things inside the mills, so the HOB Board of Directors chose to highlight this modern textile business that is breaking new ground in lightweight outdoor gear. They are winning awards (like “Best Ultralight Pack” by Backpacker Magazine), and founder Mike St. Pierre is making Biddeford proud.
Property Owner of the Year: John Tarbox
John Tarbox, one of the owners of the Bugbee & Brown Building on Pearl Street has stepped forward this year to help with projects like the City’s Vision 2020 Committee and to participate in the HOB property owners group. This Biddeford native keeps an interesting mix of businesses in this building and balances his appreciation for Biddeford’s history with plans for the future.
Downtown Visionary: Jeff Cabral
As the Executive Director of McArthur Public Library, Jeff Cabral immerses himself fully in the community by also serving on the Biddeford Mills Museum Board and the Preservation Commission. Jeff fights tirelessly for the library, ensuring its sustainable future as well as its extremely high rate of accessibility to the public. Jeff is a visionary for an inclusive community and we appreciate his partnership.
Congratulations to our $5000 Raffle Winners! And, thank you to everyone who purchased tickets this year. You have helped us raise funds for operating expenses, which keeps all of our programs going!
$5000 – Oakpoint Associates
$1000 – William & Holly Kany
$1000 – Erin Jacques
$500 – Doug Sanford
$500 – Steve Ebling
You Voted! Favorite Business Awards
135 people voted on the HOB website and sent in forms from the Journal Tribune, Courier and Sun Chronicle to tell what their Favorite Downtown Businesses are. Congratulations to the following businesses and business owners!
Favorite Restaurant/Bar: Dahlia’s Delights, Jen Thibeau and Wes Rhames, owners
Favorite Retail Business: Phoenix Rising, Scott Tarbox, owner
Favorite Service Business: McArthur Library