FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207 602 8500 Greg Dugal CEO/President Maine Innkeepers Association 207-213-2060 Marian Burns of Mira Monte Inn & Suites Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Gus Tillman Hall of Fame Award Augusta Maine- December 15 2014….The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) presented Marian Burns with the 2014 Gus Tillman Hall of Fame Award at their annual meeting held at Point Lookout Resort in Northport on November 6th announced MEIA President and CEO Greg Dugal. This award is presented to a retired tourism professional who over a period of ten years or more contributed though personal involvement and interest to the betterment of the Association and the lodging/hospitality/tourism industry in the State of Maine. The inscription on the award reads: “Marian has been an integral part of our leadership team for many years. Marian was honored with Innkeeper of the Year in 1994 and served as President of the Association in 1998. Marian received the Association’s Community Service Award for her work with Hospitality for Habitat which has raised over $100000.” Burns opened the second Bed and Breakfast in Bar Harbor in a “Summer Cottage” that was going to be converted into a funeral home. With the help of her friend the other B&B owner at the time she learned to become an innkeeper. 34 years later Burns still greets her guests with a smile and story and is one of the most revered innkeepers in Bar Harbor. Burns received the “Townsperson of the Year” award from the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. In recent years Burns and her friend Katherine Barr decided the Maine Innkeepers Association should embark on a charitable endeavor with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. With that thought Hospitality for Habitat was born and eleven years later it continues to bring in a larger sum of money year over year for local Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity. This program has raised over $120000 over its eleven year run and it continues to grow in strength. It is truly a testament to the generosity of Marian Burns and an example of how the association has benefited from her ideas over the years. Photo: Marian Burns of the Mira Monte Inns and Suites accepts the Gus Tillman Hall of Fame Award from Alvion Kimball at the annual meeting of the Maine Innkeepers Association. 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 Augusta ME and can also be found at ###