Alfond Family Presented Award For Compassion And Philanthropy
The name Harold Alfond has become synonymous with philanthropy. Wednesday morning, members of the Alfond family and the chairman of his foundation, Greg Powell, were on hand to accept the Compassion in Action Award presented by the Missing Peace Project and the Dalai Lama Foundation. Alfond, who died in 2007, joins ten other recipients around the country who were given the award, but that wasn’t the only presentation made during the ceremony.A pair of Dexter Shoes, made by the company Alfond founded, were returned to Maine after a long journey and a stint on the feet of his holiness himself, the Dalai Lama. At the urging of then Senator George Mitchell, Alfond presented the Dalai Lama with the shoes years ago. “I feel like the shoes have come home,” said David Pearl, grandson of Harold Alfond. “This is an inspiration to me. It’s a reminder of my grandfather and the Dalai Lama.”Now the shoes, and a painting depicting the shoes, will remain on display at the Cancer Care Center in Augusta that bears the Alfond name.