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Carolyn Benthien: Growing organizations
Presenter Carolyn Benthien, left, gathers with award winners Brad Cook, Business & Insustry, Robert Provencher, Medicine & Healing, Christopher Courage, Media & the Arts, Kathy Staub, Education, and Robert Saitow, Rising Star, at the Pastoral Counseling Services Good Samaritan Awards Banquet at the Radisson in Manchester on Oct. 13, 2011. (UNION LEADER FILE)
Why they were chosenThe Granite State Legacy Awards are given to New Hampshire residents who have made significant contributions over an extended period to their profession, community and state. Presented by the New Hampshire Union Leader and sponsored by Centrix Bank, the annual awards program was launched last year. The New Hampshire Union Leader and Centrix are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these distinguished residents.
This year's awards will be presented Thursday evening, June 13, at The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets are $45 and include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. For reservations, please call 206-7834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The five honorees this year are truly remarkable people whose efforts have improved life in New Hampshire.
They are: Dr. Sylvio Dupuis, former mayor of Manchester and founding president of Catholic Medical Center; Donna Sytek, former House speaker and former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party; Carolyn Benthien, partner in Benthien Associates and chief executive officer for 11 years at the United Way of Greater Manchester; Clara Monier, former executive director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority; and John Lynch, former New Hampshire governor and longtime businessman.
Profiles of each honoree will be published this week.
Benthien, who before retiring had been chief executive officer for three United Ways, including 11 years at the United Way of Greater Manchester, owns Benthien Associates. There, with her husband, Randy, who is a partner in the firm, she guides nonprofit organizations in everything from strategic planning to governance and fundraising.
"At that time, Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs didn't even let women in," she said, but she eventually went on to become the first woman president of Manchester Rotary, in 1996.
"I've really enjoyed that role of being in at the beginning of things and watching organizations bloom," Benthien said.
At Benthien Associates, whose clients include Easter Seals of New Hampshire, the Moore Center and New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Benthien often works in the background so her clients are able to shine.
Benthien said she remains enthusiastic in her work because of the opportunity to learn something from her clients every day.
Benthien, of Goffstown, has two adult children and recently welcomed her first grandchild.
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