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Vigorous Tenderness

Maine-native Kal Sugatski created Vigorous Tenderness in fall 2020, in the darkest days of the pandemic, to bring music to the community, bring people together, and to amplify the work of marginalized composers and performers. Kal, a classically trained violist, was frustrated when pandemic shutdowns forced performances out of concert halls and public spaces and audiences zoomed into a concert on a screen. Kal also saw that the way a community marks time, through milestones and celebrations, was compromised by the virus.



2023 Sam L. Cohen Pioneer Scholars

The Pioneer Scholar Program, a partnership between supporters and the Mitchell Institute, provides the opportunity to recognize specific Mitchell Scholars and Alumni who, through their contributions to school and community and their demonstration of certain qualities – as students and as citizens – stand out for acknowledgement.

Congratulations to:

Abdullah Alzamili - Portland High School * Bates College

McKenna Peaslee  - Biddeford High School * University of Southern Maine

Benjamin Moore - Thornton Academy * University of Southern Maine

Maine Children’s Cancer Program receives $2.25 M gift from Sam L. Cohen Foundation

In recognition and appreciation, Maine Medical Center will name its new outpatient pediatric infusion center The Sam L. Cohen Pediatric Infusion Center and establish the Sam L. Cohen Medical Director Chair at the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

The Sam L. Cohen Foundation is donating $2.25 million, the largest gift in its history, to Maine Medical Center (MMC), the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH), and the Maine Children's Cancer Program