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    Local Hospitality Executive to Receive Forsley Award

    2/1/2017
    The Gourmet Gala to benefit Mercy’s Gary’s House program will heat up the Ocean Gateway in Downtown Portland on Tuesday, April 1, and Gerard Kiladjian will become the third recipient of the Forsley Award.  The award, named for Fred Forsley, Founder of Shipyard Brewing Co., and long-time supporter of Mercy’s Gary’s House program, serves to recognize a “Corporate Citizen” who has truly made a difference in the communities that Mercy serves
    The Gourmet Gala to benefit Mercy’s Gary’s House program will heat up the Ocean Gateway in Downtown Portland on Tuesday, April 1, and Gerard Kiladjian will become the third recipient of the Forsley Award.  The award, named for Fred Forsley, Founder of Shipyard Brewing Co., and long-time supporter of Mercy’s Gary’s House program, serves to recognize a “Corporate Citizen” who has truly made a difference in the communities that Mercy serves. 
    Kiladjian, is the General Manager of Hart Hotels, a group comprised of The Inn at Diamond Cove, Diamond's Edge Restaurant and Marina, the Portland Harbor Hotel and its restaurant, Eve's at the Garden. With 25 years of experience as a hotel and hospitality executive, Kiladjian is known for his commitment to superior customer service that has kept customers returning to his properties. Kiladjian helped establish the Portland Harbor Hotel’s Annual Ice Bar. Designed to celebrate Portland’s long winter and give back to the community through charitable donations, the event has raised more than $75,000 for local organizations over the years. Kiladjian is also responsible for leading the hotel to its well-respected position in the Portland community. 
    Forsley says, “It is an honor to have Gerard receive the Award this year. He is an exceptional leader in Portland and has a long history of supporting organizations which serve our Portland community.”  Kiladjian is a board member of the Piper Shores retirement community and President and Founder of the Armenian Cultural Association of Maine. He previously served as a board member of the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau, Portland Downtown and the city of Portland business advisory committee.
    The Gourmet Gala brings together more than 300 food, beer and wine enthusiasts as well as Portland’s favorite restaurants, caterers and brewers, in support of Gary’s House. Gary’s House is Mercy Hospital’s home away from home for families with a hospitalized loved one, facing unforeseen, and often dire, circumstances. While Gary’s House is a program of Mercy Hospital, it welcomes families utilizing any nearby medical facility – including Maine Medical Center, NE Rehabilitation, and Spring Harbor - while their loved ones receive critical medical care. The Gourmet Gala raises funds to support more than 400 families a year who need its quiet respite during a very difficult time. Named after Gary Pike, the home is a tribute to this young man’s final wish before succumbing to cancer at just 21 years old.  
     
    Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 207.879.3144 or at garyshouse.org. Guests will sample tasty bites and sample beer and wine throughout the evening. The event starts at 5:30pm, with the Corporate Chopped cooking competition beginning at 6:30pm. The Forsley Award will be presented by Fred Forsley at the close of the evening, around 8:00pm. The Gourmet Gala is presented by Trader Joe’s and Portland Magazine.