At the Wentworth by the Sea on Saturday, March 31, 2012, City Year New Hampshire honored The Timberland Company with the 2012 Lifetime of Service Award at its annual Starry Starry Night benefit gala, recognizing the Seacoast Company for its significant and long-lasting contributions to the state of New Hampshire, its citizens and beyond.
In 2004 the award was received by Senator Judd Gregg and Kathy Gregg, in 2007 by Governor John Lynch and Dr. Susan Lynch, in 2009 by former New Hampshire Charitable Foundation President Lew Feldstein, in 2010 by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Bill Shaheen, and in 2011 by Paul and Sandra Montrone.
On hand to present the Timberland Company with its Lifetime of Service Award was Senator Judd Gregg, past recipient of the Lifetime of Service Award.
President of Timberland Patrik Frisk accepted the Award on behalf of the company. Pawn Nitichan, Co-Executive Director of City Year New Hampshire, said, “As a company, Timberland has set the precedent for corporate responsibility. They have not only encouraged their employees to be engaged civically, but they have actually created systems that provide the time for them to do so.”
Throughout the evening, guests were treated to spirited presentations by City Year corps members, as well as students, a teacher, a parent, and a principal, each from one of City Year’s partnering schools, followed by an animated live auction emceed by Kiss 108’s Billy Costa. The highlight of the evening was a moving testimonial by corps member Henocson Mulatre, who captivated the audience with the story of the influence of various people in his life which led him to serve with City Year and to continue to make service a part of his life.
City Year New Hampshire Co-Executive Director Alexandra Allen said, “This event is intended to celebrate our corps members for their passion and idealism, to appreciate our supporters for helping to make our work possible, and to recognize a New Hampshire company that has demonstrated the leadership and commitment to service that City Year seeks to instill in its corps members.”
City Year New Hampshire corps members work to address the dropout crisis by mentoring and tutoring at-risk students in the classroom and by leading powerful after school and weekend programs designed to keep kids interested in their community, excited about school, and on track to graduation and life success.