2017 9th Annual Garden Party
Marking the 82nd anniversary of the signing of the Social
Security Act, the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle will host its 9th Annual Garden Party and awards ceremony at the Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark on Sunday, August 13, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Members of the board of The Frances Perkins Center will present the 2017 Open Door Award to an individual whose work exemplifies the areas of social justice and economic security, two causes to which Frances Perkins dedicated her entire career.
Members of the board of The Frances Perkins Center will present the 2017 Steadfast Award to Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and the 2017 Open Door Award to Joelle Gamble, Director of the Roosevelt Institutes national network of emerging thinkers and doers. Concannon and Gamble are two individuals whose work exemplifies the areas of social justice and economic security, two causes to which Frances Perkins dedicated her entire career.
Guests will be shuttled from downtown Newcastle via old-fashioned trolley to the Perkins Homestead, where wine, refreshments and a light hors d’oeuvres buffet will be served amidst the beautiful gardens of the Brick House, with all proceeds directly supporting the educational mission of the Frances Perkins Center.
Each year, the Frances Perkins Center celebrates her enduring impact on American labor and recognizes those who model Perkins’ barrier-breaking legacy in their everyday lives.
2016 8th Annual Garden Party
(left to right, Sarita Gupta, Ron Phillips, William E. Leuchtenburg)
Marking the 81st anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act, The 8th Annual France Perkins Center Garden Party and awards ceremony at the Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark was Sunday, August 14, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
William E. Leuchtenburg– Watch video of his award acceptance and remarks.
William E. Leuchtenburg is the William Rand Kenan Jr. professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Considered by many to be the dean of New Deal history, he is the author of over a dozen books on 20th century American his- tory, including the prize-winning Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940 (1963), a volume still used in many university courses today. His latest work is The American Presidency: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, published by Oxford University Press, December 2015. Professor Leuchtenburg has been a summer visitor to Newcastle and Boothbay Harbor for the past several years and is a frequent presenter at the Frances Perkins Center’s annual Garden Party.
Ron Phillips–Watch video of his award acceptance and remarks.
Ron Phillips founded CEI in 1977. Under his leadership, CEI has grown from a three-person office focused on Maine’s fisheries to become one of Maine’s and the nation’s major finance development organizations.
Ron was selected by the James A. Johnson Fannie Mae fellowship for the class of 2002. His past and present board and advisory board memberships include the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; KeyBank’s National Community Development Advisory Board; Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston; Board of Regents, Economic Development Council of Maine; Maine Small Business Advisory Council; Mainewatch Institute; Maine Center for Economic Policy; Maine Fisheries Industry Development Center; and Albanian-American Trade and Development Association. He is a member of Rural LISC Advisory Counsel and on the national board of LISC; he is a past board member of Opportunity Finance Network, a long-time board member of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, and a founding member of Association for Enterprise Opportunity.
Sarita Gupta–Watch video of her award acceptance and remarks.
– Frances Perkins explaining why she accepted the job as FDR’s Secretary of Labor at great personal cost.
Sarita Gupta is the executive director of Jobs With Justice and the co-director of Caring Across Generations. She is a nationally recognized expert on the economic, labor and political issues affecting working people across all industries, particularly women and those employed in low-wage sectors, as well as the changing nature of work in America. Sarita has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Politico, as well as on MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, PBS, CNBC and Fox, and writes regularly for The Huffington Post, The Hill and BillMoyers.com. As a key leader and strategist in the progressive, labor, economic justice, women’s and caregiving movements, she speaks regularly at conferences, panels and events. Recent appearances include the White House Conference on Aging and the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act Anniversary.
2015 Garden Party Highlights
Remarking upon the role of the free press in democracy and the importance of social security, speakers included renowned Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz, AARP Maine President Rich Livingston, leading FDR scholar William Leuchtenburg, and Social Security Administration Special Assistant Elisa Walker.
Members of the board of The Frances Perkins Center presented Bill Nemitz with the 2015 Intelligence and Courage Award and Elisa Walker with the 2015 Open Door Award for their outstanding work in the areas of social justice and economic security, two causes to which Frances Perkins dedicated her entire career.
2014 6th annual Garden Party
The Frances Perkins Center’s Steadfast Award was presented on Thursday August 14, 2014 to Christine Hastedt, Public Policy Director, Maine Equal Justice, based in Augusta. She has been a legal advocate for low income people for more than 35 years. “If anyone has ever been steadfast in his or her work to keep the legacy of Frances Perkins alive, it is Chris Hastedt,” according to a State House Leader.
The program also featured the presentation of the Open Door Award to Lindsey Davis who is currently the Director of Crisis Services at the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children, based in New York City. She has been with the Coalition since 2004. According to a colleague, “When the news media need the real story of what’s happening on the street level to homeless and poor New Yorkers it’s Lindsey who they turn to. The term Open Door activist could thus not be better applied to anyone else. Lindsey is unquestionably one of our city’s unsung heroes.”