July 27, 2017 marked the annual Downeast Feast at Pine Tree Camp.  This annual event celebrates the impact of Pine Tree Society and the people who help make it all possible.

Pine Tree Society President and CEO, Noel Sullivan, said, “Our work would not be possible without the support of thousands of generous friends throughout Maine and beyond. Whether you give your time, talent or treasure, your support makes the difference to the people we serve.”

Sullivan also thanked staff and board members for their commitment to helping Maine people with disabilities lead fuller, more socially connected lives.

After a special performance by a group of campers, Sullivan presented the annual Spirit of Pine Tree Society award to retired US Army Sergeant Travis Mills.

Sullivan explained, “For the past decade, Pine Tree Society has taken the opportunity at this event to honor individuals who truly embody the spirit of this organization. This year, we didn’t have to look very far.  Just down the road from where we sit tonight is amazing place that is making a transformational impact in the lives of combat-injured veterans:  the Maine Chance Lodge, founded by Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.”

In an interview with WABI-TV5 reporter, Emily Tadlock, SSG Mills said, “I’m honored and thankful for the opportunity.  It’s a really great mission they have here.  We try to deliver our mission at the foundation in the same parallel so it’s exciting and I’m happy to be here.”

Sullivan added, “We feel we have a lot in common and he’s certainly someone who deserves a lot of thanks for what he does for our veterans.”

See links to WABI-TV5 coverage below.

Live interview with SSG Mills in the 5:00 newscast:


Live interview with Noel Sullivan in the 6:00 newscast:


A story which includes footage of the Pine Tree Camp Chorus performance on the 11:00 newscast.


To see the performance of the Pine Tree Camp Chorus, click below:


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