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Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation Receives Granite State Award

May 16, 2007

The Granite State Award is an honor reserved for those individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the State of New Hampshire and its citizens. In recognition of the long tradition of vision, leadership, generosity, and community commitment, UNH presented the 2007 Granite State Award to the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation.

Sara Mae Berman, the Foundation’s president and Sidore’s eldest daughter, accepted the award at the UNH Manchester’s commencement on May 15 at the Center of NH.

The trustees of the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation continue the legacy of its namesake, a civic leader who was guided by ethical principles, a commitment to social justice and a deep appreciation of the value of education.

Sidore, the son of immigrants, was born in New York City where he entered the knitting business. He moved Brookshire Knitting Mills, later known as Pandora, to Manchester in 1940 where he led the company to impressive growth until his death in 1964.

Guided in business and life by the ideals of humanity and brotherhood, he pioneered employee benefit programs including profit sharing, insured hospitalization benefits, and a college scholarship loan fund for the children of his employees. Sidore was a respected civic and community leader who was active in his synagogue and its brotherhood and in the Democratic Party.

The foundation continues this legacy by supporting programs and organizations including Families in Transition, Child Health Services, soup kitchens and municipal libraries. These organizations are the beneficiaries of the foundation’s commitment to build strong, secure and responsible communities and to support the educational, charitable, cultural, and social interests of New Hampshire and the region.

The Sidore Lecture Series was established to foster an open exchange of ideas and to challenge students at USNH institutions and the wider community to look at issues in society and our world in new and vital ways. It reflects Sidore’s vision as the creator and the sustaining force of the Manchester Free Press and as a member of the NH Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.

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