Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Present 2006 Awards

Friends of Hereford Inlet & Award Recipients
Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani

Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouseboard
of trustees with award recipients (L to R)
Steve Murray, Betty Mugnier, Sam Black,
Donna Elias, Gerard Zdenek, Paul DiFlippo,
Bob Trapani, Jr., and Hugh McCauley, AIA

This past May, the Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse hosted the nonprofit’s first major fundraising dinner at The Historic Abbie Holmes Estate in Clermont, New Jersey. The formal black-tie event benefited the ongoing restoration of the beautiful 1874 Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in Anglesea, New Jersey, as well as the proposed Anglesea Historic Maritime Village, which includes adding the adjacent 1938-39 former Coast Guard Station under the stewardship of the Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.

During the evening fundraiser, the Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse board of trustees honored three individuals for their efforts to help the lighthouse. Trustee Betty Mugnier presented renowned lighthouse water colorist Donna Elias with the “Beacon Award” and noted, “It was such a pleasure for me to be the individual to present Donna with her award. She is a talented, generous and beautiful lady that has a special affection for Hereford.”

In addition, Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse chairman Steve Murray presented Bob Trapani, Jr., American Lighthouse Foundation executive director, with the Freeling Hewitt Award,” named after the keeper Freeling Hewitt who tended the light at Hereford Inlet for an amazing 45 years. The text of the award read, “This award is a symbol of our gratitude for all that you have done to preserve and promote America’s important maritime history. You have been a driving force of the lighthouse and lifesaving station preservation movement. Through your inspired writing, public speaking, organizational leadership and hands-on restoration work you have rallied countless others to the cause. – The Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse”

Bob Trapani - Freeling Hewitt Award
Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani

(L to R) Bob Trapani, Jr., American Lighthouse
Foundation executive director, is presented
with the Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse's
"Freeling Hewitt Award" by chairman Steve Murray

The final award was the “Paul J. Pelz Award,” which was presented to Hugh McCauley, AIA of United Architects. This award was named after Paul J. Pelz who was the Chief Draughtsman for the U.S. Lighthouse Board and architect of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, among other lights such as Point Fermin and East Brother in California. McCauley’s architectural expertise has been vital to the Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse during the recent phases of the historic site’s restoration.

You can visit Hereford Inlet Lighthouse on the web at:

www.herefordinletlighthouse.org

 


Photos from the event...

Ann-Marie & Bob Trapani
Trapani Photo

Ann-Marie and Bob Trapani, Jr.
 
 

 
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani


 The beautiful 1874
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
 

 
Coast Guard Station
Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.

The historic 1938-39 former Coast Guard
Station adjacent to the lighthouse
 

 
Donna Elias - Beacon Award
Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani

(L to R) Water colorist Donna Elias is
presented with the Friends of Hereford Inlet
Lighthouse's "Beacon Award" by trustees
Betty Mugnier and Peter Harp

 
Hugh McCauley - Paul J. Pelz Award
Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani


 (L to R) Trustee Paul DiFlippo presents Hugh
McCauley, AIA, with the Friends of Hereford
Inlet Lighthouse's "Paul J. Pelz Award
 

Posted July 2006