Governor Paul LePage & First Lady Ann LePage to Attend Susan Curtis Charitable Foundation’s Annual Dinner

March 16, 2012

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 16, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage will attend the Susan Curtis Charitable Foundation’s Annual Dinner on Friday evening at the Marriott Sable Oaks in Portland. The Governor and First Lady will join former Governor Kenneth Curtis and his wife, Polly at the event.

Camp Susan Curtis opened in 1974 in memory of Governor Curtis’ daughter, Susan, who died of cystic fibrosis at age 11. The mission of Camp Susan Curtis has remained consistent for almost 40 years; to build individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of economically disadvantaged Maine children through the provision of tuition-free, high quality camping, educational and social experiences.

“Breaking the cycle of poverty is a challenging task, but with education we can teach our children how to become self-reliant,” said Governor LePage. “Camp Susan Curtis provides children the opportunity to learn curriculum, provides them guidance on how to become leaders, and set goals for themselves. Camp Susan Curtis encompasses what the American dream is all about,” added the Governor.

“I cannot imagine the pain that parents must feel when experiencing the tragedy of losing a child,” said First Lady Ann LePage. “After losing two children, Governor Curtis and his wife have dedicated their lives to enriching the lives of our children here in Maine. I sincerely thank them for their efforts,” continued Mrs. LePage.

The Camp is located in Stoneham, Maine on a parcel of land protected by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The children at Camp Susan Curtis learn to swim, boat, play sports, protect the land, and build memories that last a lifetime. Camp Susan Curtis offers disadvantaged Maine children the opportunity to experience the unique encounter that is Maine summer camping.

“It is our distinct privilege to welcome Governor LePage as our Guest Speaker at this year’s annual Camp Susan Curtis Leadership Celebration,” said Executive Director, Melissa Cilley. “Governor LePage exemplifies the life lessons of tenacity, motivation, and self-direction that we work to develop in our campers. He is a role model for the children we serve to show how a disadvantaged child can overcome obstacles to become a leader in our great State,” continued Cilley.