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Kim Block named Girl Scouts of Maine’s 2017 Woman of Distinction


Girl Scouts of Maine proudly announces that Kim Block, News Anchor at WGME-13, will be honored at the 20th Annual Women of Distinction Gala on December 1, 2016, at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.
 
The Women of Distinction Gala is an annual event that celebrates women whose individual excellence and high levels of achievement distinguish them as outstanding members of their communities and exemplary role models for today's girls.

“When a girl becomes a Girl Scout, she becomes more aware of the world around her and uses her skills to make her world a better place,” said Joanne Crepeau, CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine. “That is the very heart of our mission, and extraordinary woman leaders, like Kim Block, help to inspire young women to believe in themselves, lift their aspirations, and become confident, strong, and compassionate leaders of the future. We are privileged to honor the legacy that Kim has built.”
 
Block has been a broadcast journalist in Maine for 38 years. Raised in the Washington, DC area, she graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish, and moved to Portland for a job as News Director of WLOB Radio. She subsequently worked at WCSH Radio and WGAN Radio, before moving to WGAN TV, now WGME. Known for excellence in broadcasting, Block has anchored the WGME13 News at 6 p.m. for 35 years.

Block specializes in medical/health reporting, and is the proud recipient of two New England Emmy awards for her series "The China Journey" and "Miracle in Maine." She is also an award winning reporter - having won two Edward R. Murrow Awards and four Emmy awards. Block is also the recipient of numerous Associated Press and Maine Association of Broadcaster awards and was the first female inducted into the Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002.

Block has been awarded the YWCA's "Woman of Achievement" award, the Deborah Morton Award from the University of New England, the Cromwell Center's "Person of the Year" award, the Alzheimer's Association "Champion Award," the Frannie Peabody Center "Kerry A. Carson" award for AIDS awareness and education, the American Heart Association "Gold Heart" Award, and the Maine Cancer Foundation's "Breast Cancer Outreach and Education Award." She was also recognized numerous times in the Maine Sunday Telegram Reader's Poll, as "Number One TV Personality." Block was recently inducted into the New England Emmy Association’s "Silver Circle" in Boston.

Block is very active in the community - volunteering, emceeing and hosting for numerous organizations. She served as host for decades for both the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon and the Children's Miracle Network Telethon for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

In addition, Block has served as a founding board member of the Cancer Community Center, and on the Board of Directors for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, the Maine Cancer Foundation, Portland Ovations, and the Girl Scouts of Maine. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Camp Susan B. Curtis Foundation and Maine State Music Theatre.

Block lives in Falmouth with her husband, Bob Patton, and the couple have two children - Miles, 22, and Molly, 18.

The Women of Distinction Gala will be held on December 1, 2016. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org/womenofdistinction. For information about sponsorships, contact Darcy Foerster at dfoerster@gsmaine.org or call 772-1177.

Girl Scouts of Maine builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSME provides services and support to over 12,000 girl and adult members statewide, and operates service centers and shops in South Portland and Bangor.