The American Lighthouse Foundation held its annual lighthouse gala at the Four Points by Sheraton in Eastham, MA, on April 28, 2012.
The organization’s signature event featured some wonderful lighthouse camaraderie, fundraising, a great meal and some Cape Cod lighthouses open for climbing (Nauset, The Three Sisters and Highland), but the highlight of the evening event was the presentation of awards to well-deserving individuals and groups for their amazing dedication to lighthouse preservation and education.
One of the awards presented was the 2012 ALF “Len Hadley Volunteerism Award,” which was presented to twelve outstanding volunteers throughout the organization.
The Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (FPPL) recognized Patty Hughes this year with the honor for her above and beyond contributions to ALF/FPPL’s mission.
The following text was read to attendees at the lighthouse gala as Patty Hughes was presented with her 2012 “Len Hadley Volunteerism Award”…
“Patty has served as a friendly, reliable and informed Docent since Pemaquid Point Lighthouse first opened up to the public in 2003. She later became the Historian and Librarian for the chapter in 2005, when the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse first created a chapter executive committee.
Patty has also prepared and maintained a scrapbook of FPPL press releases and keeps our library of lighthouse information and books available to share with all our other docents. She helps out when we host special promotional events and keeps an eye on our lighthouse from her residence, which is close by. On occasion, Patty has also taken on double shifts at the lighthouse when other volunteers could not get there.
Her ideas and enthusiasm have helped our chapter grow and her dedication provides an excellent role model for our new trainees. It is always a pleasure to work with her and she always has something valuable to share with our seasonal visitors! Thank you, Patty for being the kind of person we can count on!”
Did you know?
The American Lighthouse Foundation’s “Len Hadley Volunteerism Award” was named after Len Hadley, one of the original volunteers of the organization in 1994. Len possessed a wonderful personality and ability to connect with others, and was a stellar volunteer for a number of ALF projects throughout the years.
The vital pillar supporting the American Lighthouse Foundation’s success in preservation, education and public access programs over the past eighteen years has undeniably been the dedication of ALF volunteers such as Len Hadley.
When Len sadly passed away in October 2000, the ALF board of directors honored his uncommon dedication to volunteerism by naming an award after him that would recognize other outstanding ALF volunteers for the same passion, selflessness and commitment to lighthouse preservation for which Len stood for.