Frances Perkins Center to honor Concannon, Gamble at garden party

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Frances Perkins Center
to honor Concannon,
Gamble at garden party
Marking the 82nd anniversary of
the signing of the Social Security
Act, the Frances Perkins Center
in Damariscotta will host its ninth
annual garden party and awards
ceremony at the Perkins Homestead
National Historic Landmark in
Newcastle on Sunday, Aug. 13,
from 2-5 p.m. Transportation to
the homestead will depart from
Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill
Road, Newcastle.
Members of the board of the
Frances Perkins Center will present
the 2017 Steadfast Award and the
2017 Open Door Award to Kevin
Concannon and Joelle Gamble. This
year’s program will pay tribute
to those who have chosen careers
in government and public policy,
much as Frances Perkins devoted
her life’s work.
Kevin Concannon
Concannon was nominated by
President Obama and Secretary
Tom Vilsack and confirmed by the
U.S. Senate in July 2009 to serve
as Under Secretary for Food,
Nutrition, and Consumer Services
in the United States Department of
Agriculture, where he served until
January 2017. Over the past 25 years,
he has served as Commissioner of
State Health and Human Services
departments in Maine, Oregon, and
Iowa. He has led Food, Nutrition,
and Consumer Services during
the deepest economic recession in
70 years while promoting better
access to anti-hunger programs.
Gamble is transitioning from
her role as Senior Advisor to
the President and CEO of the
Roosevelt Institute to graduate
school. Under her leadership, the
Roosevelt Institute increased its
ability to influence local and state
government around this generation’s
policy priorities. Because who
writes the rules matters, Gamble
has also prioritized increasing
the racial, socioeconomic, and
gender diversity of its national
student leadership — with chapters
at both four-year institutions and
community colleges, and people
of color representing the majority
or membership leadership roles.
Gamble also writes on topics
of race and economics. She has
been featured by Fox Business,
The Nation, Salon, The Hill, the
Huffington Post, and NextCity.
Fusion named her one of 30 women
under 30 who influenced the 2016
Tickets start at $75 per person,
with proceeds to benefit the
Frances Perkins Center. Guests
will be shuttled from Damariscotta
via old-fashioned trolley to the
Perkins Homestead, where wine,
refreshments, and a light hors
d’oeuvres buffet will be served amid
the beautiful gardens of the Brick
House, with all proceeds directly
supporting the educational mission
of the Frances Perkins Center.
Frances Perkins, the first woman
to serve in a U.S. Cabinet as the
Secretary of Labor under President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
credited as one of the principal
architects of the New Deal. 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
Tickets can be purchased online
at, by
phone at 563-3374, or in person at
170-A Main St., Damariscotta.
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