At its 36th Annual Meeting, the Maine Cancer Foundation recognized the accomplishments and commitment of Gene Libby over the last 14 years by awarding him the first Board of Directors Gold Service Award. Gene served on the Board of Directors 12 years, the last two years as President of the Foundation. During his tenure, overall revenue for the Foundation increased 24% and special event revenue increased 49%. The Foundation moved from its former 1,200 square foot office to a new office with 2,800 square feet. During Gene’s term, the Foundation also hired its first full-time Communications Director and first full-time Development Director. Gene founded Mary’s Walk in 1999 in memory of his wife Mary and since that time Mary’s Walk has donated $1.8 million to the Foundation.
In his parting remarks, Gene Libby commented on his long-time support for the organization. “It’s a comfort to know that the money stays in Maine and gets put to good use. When you lose somebody to cancer, it leaves you with a conviction that you want to do something about it, to change this place, and I hope I have.”