Garden Party at Frances Perkins Center Marks 81 st Anniversary of Social Security Act

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Garden Party at Frances Perkins Center Marks
81 st Anniversary of Social Security Act
The Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle will mark the
81st anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act
with its eighth annual garden party and awards ceremony
at the Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark on
Sunday, August 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. Wine, refreshments
and an hors d’oeuvres buffet will be served, with all pro-
ceeds supporting the educational mission of the Frances
Perkins Center. Transportation to the Perkins Homestead
will depart via old-fashioned trolley from the OceansWide
parking lot at 44 Main Street in Newcastle.
Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a U.S. Cab-
inet as the Secretary of Labor under Franklin Delano Roo-
sevelt, is credited as one of the principal architects of the
New Deal. During the garden party, members of the board
of the Frances Perkins Center will present awards to three
people whose work exemplifies the areas of social justice
and economic security, two causes to which Frances Perkins
dedicated her career. The theme of this year’s program focus-
es on sustainable jobs that are good for workers, their
employers and their communities.
Ron Phillips, founder of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. in
Brunswick, will receive the Steadfast Award. Phillips, who
is retiring this year, founded CEI in 1977 with the goal of
investing in small businesses, creating employment and
Left to right, Ron Phillips, Sarita Gupta, and William
Leuchtenburg will be recognized for their work in
advancing social justice and economic security.
developing Maine’s natural resource industries. Since then,
CEI has provided nearly $1.2 billion in financing to 2,500
small businesses, created or preserved nearly 1,900 afford-
able housing units, 33, 100 jobs and 5,800 child-care open-
ings for working families.
Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs With Justice in
Washington, D.C,. will receive the Open Door Award. Jobs
With Justice brings together labor, community, student, and
faith voices at the national and local levels to create inno-
vative solutions to the problems working families face today.
William E. Leuchtenburg, the prolific historian of the New
Deal and the American presidency, will receive the Intelli-
gence and Courage Award in recognition of his long and
distinguished career since the 1958 publication of “The Per-
ils of Prosperity, 1914-32.” He is the William Rand Kenan
Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill and the author in 2015 of “The Amer-
ican President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.”
Tickets, starting at $75 per person, may be purchased
online at, by phone at 563-
3374, or in-person at 170A Main Street in Damariscotta.
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In 2014 the Frances Perkins Homestead was designated
a National Historic Landmark.