Friday, April 6, 2012

Wells High School Senior Wins at National Art Competition


Patrick Menard, a senior at Wells High School, recently learned that he is the recipient of the Silver Medal award from the prestigious Alliance for Young Artists and Writers for one of his winning entries in the regional 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Several weeks ago, Menard received two Gold Keys in the contest. One award was for a digital photograph in the Mixed Media category, the other for his design of a video game in the newly created video game category. Receiving a Gold Key qualified him to move forward and compete at the national level, where he received the Silver Award for his photograph, entitled “Spectre.”

Over 200,000 works of art and writing were submitted. About 11 percent of those entries will recieve gold or silver medals.

On June 1, Menard will be honored with other talented young artists at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

While in New York, Menard will have an opportunity to meet art and writing professionals and view the work of his contest peers. He will also be able to participate in a number of showcase events at Parsons School for Design.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has been recognizing and presenting awards to talented teenage artists since 1924. Previous winners include Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Redford.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers was founded in 1994 to provide national recognition for Gold Key recipients in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Photo Caption: Patrick Menard in art class at WHS, holding a photograph that received a national Silver Award from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. (Courtesy Photo)

Donato J. Tramuto Foundation and Physicians Interactive Award Grant to Frannie Peabody Center


The Donato J. Tramuto Foundation and Physicians Interactive (PI), the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for healthcare professionals, are proud to announce a joint grant award of $10,000 to The Frannie Peabody Center (FPC). The Center will use the funds provide direct services, including medical case management and housing assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in Maine as well as HIV prevention services in the wake of discontinued government funding in the state of Maine.

The Frannie Peabody Center provides HIV prevention services to its local community in Southern Maine, and the contributions from the Donato J. Tramuto Foundation and Physicians Interactive will go towards the Frannie Peabody Center’s Emergency Medical Assistance Fund. This fund covers unpaid medical and dental costs incurred by clients in FPC’s case management program when MaineCare or private insurance doesn't, thereby providing clients with access to vital treatment and medication that they otherwise would not have received.

“Overshadowed by the debates now going on in Augusta, many people in the community don’t know that early in 2011, the Ryan White Part B Program discontinued reimbursements for many of the medical needs that our clients face each day,” said Patti Capouch, executive director, Frannie Peabody Center. “The monies awarded will go a long way in replacing some of those costs and is just another demonstration of the tireless generosity of Donato Tramuto and the trustees of the Tramuto Foundation as well as the many generous people who came out to support us that day. We are grateful to each and every one of them for making this possible.”

“The Tramuto Foundation’s longstanding philosophy has always been to help individuals or communities overcome obstacles they are facing,” said Donato Tramuto, founder of the Tramuto Foundation and CEO and Vice Chairman of Physicians Interactive. “Our nation’s progress and prosperity is dependent on the active involvement of its citizens, and investing in healthcare subsidy programs like the ones offered by the Frannie Peabody Center is essential to help reduce the burden of healthcare costs for people and families in need.”

The Donato J. Tramuto Foundation, which provides grants and aid to help disadvantaged youth reach their educational goals, awards two grants annually to organizations helping either an individual or community overcome a serious challenge.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ed Corley, director of development, at 207-774-6877, x8013 or email him at

United Way Pledges One-Year Grant to Children’s Program


Kids Free to Grow—the Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County (CAPC)—is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a one-year grant by United Way of York County (UWYC) totaling $41,100. Through mobilization of resources, expertise and funds that support programs focused on education, income and health—the building blocks of a good life—United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community.

This grant will support the following programs at Kids Free to Grow: Baby Think It Over, providing students with the opportunity to understand the care of an infant and learn the risk factors that can lead to child abuse ($5,000); Break the Silence, assisting fifth grade students in understanding the four types of child abuse and that it is important to tell a trusted adult ($7,000); Mandated Reporter Training, providing professionals working with children the opportunity to learn how to recognize, respond and report child abuse ($5,000); Personal Body Safety, programs teaching young children the importance of “No, Run and Tell” and to tell a trusted adult ($5,000); The Nurturing Program is offered in communities by providing parents and their children a meal with ten parenting workshops and activities for the children ($10,100); Project Prevention is centered around April being Child Abuse Prevention Month but encompasses the whole year as children learn personal body safety ($9,000).

Thanks to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses and organizations throughout York County, this year, the United Way is investing in 78 community programs serving children, youth, adults and families.

“Despite economic uncertainty in 2010, local people gave very generously to our United Way community campaign,” said United Way of York County President and CEO Kathryn Davis. “As a result, in 2011, we are able to provide much needed support for essential human services across the region.”

Kids Free to Grow offers these free programs and more to York County. If you would like more information about these programs or would like to volunteer, please call 207-985-5975.