Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs are proud to announce that the 2017 recipient of the William Troubh Community Service award is Howard Spear. Spear was presented the award by Sea Dogs' President Charlie Eshbach and members of Mr. Troubh's family including wife Nancy in a pre-game ceremony at Hadlock Field on Sunday, May 7th when the Sea Dogs hosted the Reading Fightin Phils.
The "William Troubh Community Service Award" was established in 2015 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.
Howard Spear has served as the co-race director of the Sea Dogs' Mother's Day 5K road race for 17 years and for the eight-year run of the Father's Day 5K. The races have helped raise more than $300,000 for local charities to fight breast cancer and prostate cancer. Spear also served as race director of the Maine Marathon for 18 years, retiring this past October. During his time the race raised more than $4 million for local children's charities and also accentuated healthy living. He is a longtime member of the Maine Track Club Board of Directors and longtime volunteer at many other community events.
"Spear truly exemplifies what Mr. Troubh tried to achieve by making Portland a great place to live and work," stated Sea Dogs Executive Vice President and General Manager Geoff Iacuessa. "It is an honor to present the 2017 William Troubh Community Service Award to Howard Spear."
Past recipients of the award include Roger Goodoak, the Executive Director of the Maine Homeless Veteran's Alliance in 2016 and John Menario in 2015.
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