Six recipients honored for their achievement, dedication to NH
MANCHESTER — Four individuals and one couple were honored Wednesday as recipients of the 2016 Granite State Legacy Awards.
The recipients were feted at a celebration held at Manchester Community College and hosted by the New Hampshire Union Leader. The Legacy Awards are sponsored by Eastern Bank.
“These awards celebrate the accomplishments of some of New Hampshire’s most distinguished citizens, those who have given the most to our state through business, philanthropy, politics and more,” said Union Leader President and Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid.
The 2016 Granite State Legacy Award recipients:
• Doug and Stella Scamman, one of New Hampshire’s most prominent Republican families, are known for hosting presidential hopefuls at their Bittersweet Farm in Stratham. Both served in the state Legislature. Their farm has served as a backdrop for Republican hopefuls for President, including both Presidents George H.W. Bush and George Bush, as well as former candidate Mitt Romney.
• Rev. Bernie Campbell has ministered to the deaf, severely disabled and the incarcerated for 48 years, and done it with a sense of humor and music. His ministry has spanned New Hampshire and Vermont, and included playing bass guitar for the severely disabled at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield, celebrating Mass and conducting religion classes at the State Prison for Men in Concord and performing concerts for them on Memorial Day and Christmas with his jazz septet, “Preacher-Teacher Trio and Friends.” While he officially “retired” eight years ago, he continues his ministry today at the age of 80.
• Henry Southwick “Chip” Maxfield Jr. launched the “We Care” program in 1999 to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Lakes Region real estate firm established by his father. From 1999 through 2015, the “We Care” program has raised more than $787,159 for more than 275 local charities, with agents contributing 2 percent from their commissions at real estate closings.
• Nabil Migalli, a social worker and native of Egypt, has lived in Manchester for almost 35 years. During his work at Manchester’s Moore Center, Migalli was instrumental in initiating the Independent Living Program for people with developmental disabilities. He served as secretary of the Community Advisory Board initiated by the Manchester Police Department, and earned the Officer Michael Briggs Community Hero Award in 2013.
• Richard Gustafson, president of Southern New Hampshire University from 1987 to 2003, was the first chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire. He served as chairman of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Greater Manchester United Way, and chaired the board of the Elliot Health Systems. In 2011 he was selected as New Hampshire’s Business Leader of the Year.
“It’s a surprise, but much appreciated,” said Gustafson. “No one gets here on their own, and I have had a great team of people working with me throughout my career.”
“It’s nice to be appreciated,” said Migalli. “I did my part, but the real work is done by the community.”
“The greatness of an individual comes from a community,” said Campbell. “We are inspired by others.”
“When you get recognized for living the life you love, the life you enjoy, the life you fell into, it’s special,” said Doug Scamman.
This is the fifth year that the Union Leader has presented the annual awards.
The event drew more than 100 people, including colleagues, co-workers, friends and family of the recipients.
Gov. Maggie Hassan was unable to attend the awards night, but sent a letter congratulating the honorees.
“This year’s award winners have spent a lifetime strengthening our communities and our state,” wrote Hassan. “They represent many of the defining characteristics of the Granite State — hard work, strength, resilience and dedication, and thanks to their dedication, our state is a better place.”