Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs are proud to announce that the 2016 recipient of the William Troubh Community Service award is Roger Goodoak. Goodak was presented the award by Sea Dogs' President Charlie Eshbach and members of the Mr. Troubh's family including wife Nancy in a pre-game ceremony at Hadlock Field on Sunday, May 1st when the Sea Dogs hosted the Reading Fightin Phils.
The "William Troubh Community Service Award" was established to honor a local citizen who is making a positive impact within the city of Portland. Mr. Troubh was a lifelong resident of the city of Portland who dedicated his life to making Portland a great place to live and work. He served multiple terms on the Portland City Council and was Mayor of the city in 1974 and 1975 and again in 1983 and 1984. Mr. Troubh was instrumental in bringing the Portland Sea Dogs to the city in 1994. He also played a major role in the development of the Portland Waterfront, Cumberland County Civic Center and the Portland Ice Arena, now named in his honor. His contributions will be enjoyed by residents and visitors of the city for generations to come.
This year's recipient Roger Goodoak, serves as the Executive Director of the Maine Homeless Veteran's Alliance, a Portland based volunteer organization that serves homeless veterans and those in need. Mr. Goodoak is a navy veteran who has overcome addiction, homelessness, and mental illness and has made it his life's mission to help the homeless with clothing, food, shelter, connections to social services, and encouragement to keep moving forward in life. The alliance operates solely on donations and Mr. Goodoak's only compensation is the satisfaction he gets when helping someone in need. What started as a grass roots effort has grown to be able to serve many of the homeless folks in Portland; however, like any non-profit the alliance is always looking for donations to help in its mission.
Mr. Goodoak truly exemplifies what Mr. Troubh tried to achieve by making Portland a great place to live and work. Ladies and gentlemen, it is our pleasure to present the 2016 William Troubh Community Service Award to Mr. Roger Goodoak.
John Menario was the recipient of the inaugural William Troubh Community Service Award in 2015.