2019 Impact Award Honoree

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit ABC series, “Grey’s Anatomy.”  His performance earned him a 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award and he was nominated in 2006 and 2007 for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama. More recently, Dempsey executive produced The Orchard’s documentary, Hurley and is a producer of the Twentieth Century Fox, The Art of Racing in the Rain, which will be released in August 2019. Dempsey’s recent credits include Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby alongside Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth, Harry Quebert in the EPIX mini-series “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” and his portrayal of Dominic Morgan in “Devils.”

Patrick Dempsey’s production company, Shifting Gears produces content for both television and film.  Amongst a slate of projects, they are developing a series based on the novel The Limit at AMC, as well as a series called Fodor’s which is being developed at NBC International. 

His film credits include: TRANSFORMERS: Dark of The Moon, Valentine’s Day, Made of Honor, Enchanted, Freedom Writers, Sweet Home Alabama, Scream 3, With Honors, Outbreak, Hugo Pool, The Treat, The Palace Thief, Heaven Help Us, Happy Together, Some Girls, Coupe De Ville, Run, Mobsters, and In the Mood.  Dempsey became well known from such classic ‘80s nostalgia films such as, Can’t Buy Me Love and Loverboy.


In response to his mother’s multiple bouts with cancer, Patrick Dempsey founded the Dempsey Center in 2008. The Dempsey Center provides a range of services including massage, acupuncture counseling, yoga, and nutrition services for individuals, families, and caregivers dealing with cancer. A 501c3 organization, services are offered at two sites, Lewiston and South Portland, and across the State of Maine through community partnerships and outreach. The Dempsey Center focuses on the whole person, providing wellness services before, during, and after cancer treatment.


Born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, he first appeared onstage as David in the San Francisco production of “Torch Song Trilogy.”  Other early stage work included “On Golden Pond” for the Maine Acting Company, the international touring production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” which was directed by Gene Saks and “The Subject Was Roses” at the Roundabout Theatre in New York.  He also took the stage in The Pasadena Playhouse run of “The Importance of Being Earnest” as Algernon Moncrieff.

2019 Corporate Honoree