24th Annual Maryann Hartman Award Recipients Named

Contact: Mazie Hough, 581-1225

ORONO —  Women who have dedicated time and energy helping to support homeless children, environmental causes, men and women in healthy relationships and women in a Lewiston refugee community are among the five 2009 -2010 Maryann Hartman Award winners selected to be honored Oct. 28 by the University of Maine’s Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program.

Award ceremonies are scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Buchanan Alumni House on College Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

Recipients are:

Layne Gregory of Falmouth, founder of the Boys to Men organization, which helps boys and men find their own voices through healthy, respectful relationships;

Fatuma Hussein, founder and executive director of United Somali Women of Maine in Lewiston, dedicated to improving the quality of life for all refugees in the Lewiston-Auburn area;

And Judy Kellogg Markowsky of Hampden, founding director of the Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, a leader and activist in local environmental issues and organizations. Her writing on nature appears often in the Bangor Daily News and other Maine newspapers.

Also, for the ninth year, the Young Women’s Social Justice Award will be made to Katelyn Jacques and Amy Yeung, two Lewiston High School students being recognized for creating equal opportunities for the homeless students in their school. They created the program Hearts for Adolescents.