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Richard Lindgren Special Service Award 2010

11/22/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 kewr@glance.net Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 Maine Innkeepers Association Awards Richard Lindgren of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Special Service Award for 2010 Freeport , Maine November 16, 2010……….Richard Lindgren, former development Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland was awarded the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) Special Service Award for 2010 at the 89th annual meeting held at the Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit on November 8, 2010. This award is presented annually to a person who has actively contributed to the hospitality industry as a whole. The award was presented to Lindgren by MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. “Helping people is not new to Richard,” said Dugal. “Before Habitat Richard worked at Catholic Charities assisting people with serious mental illness. He took his skills to the Shalom House in Portland where, once again, he worked with individuals with mental disabilities and helped them to obtain appropriate housing and create a support system necessary to their survival.” The award presented to Lindgren read: ‘To a wonderful human being who has dedicated his life to the assistance of those less fortunate than he. Habitat for Humanity would be nothing without Richard and he has been integral in the success of our program Hospitality for Humanity.’ Lindgren served as Development Director for Habitat for Humanity in Greater Portland for ten years, and helped launch MEIA’s Hospitality for Habitat program. This program, which offers deeply discounted accommodation to visitors to Maine in May in exchange for a small donation Habitat for Humanity, has been very successful. In its first year Innkeepers raised $3000. and in 2010 over $20,000 was raised to help build homes for deserving families. As Development Director in Portland Lindgren also worked with a Jimmy Carter build in Mexico, built houses in DC to send to Louisiana and volunteered three times to build homes in New Orleans after Katrina. Photo: Richard Lindgren, former Development Director for Habitat for Humanity, Greater Portland, accepts the Special Service Award for 2010 from Maine Innkeepers Association Executive Director Greg Dugal at their 89th Annual Meeting and Conference. About the Maine Innkeepers Association: The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. # # #

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