Join us for the 25th Annual Tourism Awards & Silent Auction

 

June 4th | 5:00 p.m.
Hollywood Hotel Casino & Raceway
Evening includes a cocktail hour with heavy hors d’ oeuvres, a silent auction, and raffle.

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This year we will be honoring:

Lifetime Achievement; presented by Hollywood Casino – Miles Theeman

Miles Theeman has been a leader in the Greater Bangor Community for over 40 years.  His career began in 1976 with EMHS where he continued to work until his retirement in 2015. He has dedicated countless hours investing in the community to help foster the growth that make Bangor a great place to work, play and live.  His community service record is long and varied; from the Board Chair at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, to the Bangor Planning Board, to the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board; to the University of Maine Board of Visitors to Co-Chair of the Friends of the Maine Center; to the GBCVB Board of Directors and the Cross Insurance Center Advisory Board, Miles has had his hands in many projects and is leaving his mark on the Greater Bangor Region.

 

Organizational Award –  Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race  

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country.  Celebrating 54 years of sending people down river 16.5 miles from the Town of Kenduskeag to the mouth of the Penobscot River, this race has continued to impact our region year after year. On average around 800 paddlers, from around the country and internationally, travel to participate in this last standing race which signals the beginning of spring in Bangor. The race also brings hundreds of spectators out to watch and cheer as the racers go by.  This event creates a fun atmosphere in each town it touches along the race route and a lot of times that translates into visitors kicking off the season by visiting our local businesses.

 

Partnership Award; presented by Bangor International Airport – Tim Cotton and the Duck of Justice 

With over 296 thousand people liking it and over 306 thousand following the Facebook page, Tim Cotton and the Duck of Justice have broken every social media rule there is and we don’t think he is sorry about it.  Since 2014 Lt.Cotton has worked to bring a voice of humor to help connect the general public with the police in our community and it has worked. There have been thousands of visitors to the Greater Bangor Region who want a picture of the DOJ and perhaps a conversation with Lt. Cotton, and Bangor is the only place you can have that.  We are probably the only region in the country that can boast about the local police department being a tourism draw. The phenomenon has continued and Tim and the Duck traveled to Washington DC last year to help the GBCVB promote the region, the booth was packed and the people came from all over to meet Tim Cotton and to have a picture with a duck.

 

Impact Award – Bangor Savings Bank 

Since 1852 Bangor Savings Bank has been a part of our communities by investing in and partnering with hundreds of different organizations and by encouraging their employees to volunteer to be a part of it. Every year Bangor Savings Bank gives away thousands of dollars to nonprofits in New England, this year they will give away more than $140,000 through the Community Matters More program along with over a million dollars from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation.  Bangor Savings Bank believes in giving back and being a part of each community they do business in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation believes in giving back to our communities, “and focusing on the needs that matter most to our neighbors and friends we matter more in the daily lives of our fellow community members.”

 

Individual Award – Heather McCarthy

For 18 years Heather McCarthy led the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront but has been a part of it since 2000 when she started as the Marketing Director for the Greater Bangor CVB. When the National Folk Festival chose Bangor, Maine as its host community for a three-year stint in the early 2000s, many were skeptical about the ability of a relatively small city’s ability to host such a large event. Under McCarthy’s leadership, the National Folk Festival was a rousing success and gave Bangor its own annual festival – The American Folk Festival. The American Folk Festival saw success of its own, being written up nationally several times as a “Must see festival” by a number of media outlets. It also planted a seed that Downtown Bangor can be – and now is a destination for entertainment and the arts.