Demont & Associates, Inc. of Portland, Maine honored Walter G. Bruska of Burlington, for his half century of service in several top development posts including Cornell University and the University of Vermont where he hired and trained some of the most successful and notable development professionals in the country. He is currently an officer at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont and Vice President of the Board at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.The presentation was made at the second annual conference, Pathways and People That Make The Lasting Difference in Philanthropy on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004 at The Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. Proceeds of the conference will go to the Demont Difference Fund. The Fund endorses the creative efforts by not-for-profit organizations seeking to increase their long-term capacity to raise private support and/or broaden their volunteer base through matching grants to small not-for-profit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont through the regional community foundations as well as pro-bono services.The inaugural Lasting Difference Awards were presented to three not-for-profit executives who have made a lasting impact on philanthropy in Northern New England. Along with Bruska, Peter C. Barnard of Scarborough, Maine and Terry D. Mayo of Amherst, New Hampshire were honored.Demont & Associates, Inc. is the New England region’s premier full-service fund-raising consulting firm providing comprehensive advancement and fund-raising counsel to not-for-profit institutions. The firms mission is to make a lasting difference for good by partnering with not-for-profit institutions to increase their voluntary giving. Founded in 1993, the firm is based in Portland, Maine. Robert D. Demont, CFRE, is President. For more information, please consult the web site at www.demontassociates.com(link is external).