Annual Town Dinner
Our next annual Town Dinner will be held on May 1st, 2019.
The Annual Town Dinner has been an HCA tradition since the founding of the organization in 1911. In the early years, it was held at Artisan’s Hall (now the Haddonfield Fortnightly) and, since the early 1960s, at Tavistock Country Club.
Open to all town residents, the Dinner is the Annual Meeting and election of officers for the HCA. As part of the dinner program, there is a brief business meeting with reports by the Officers, the Nominating Committee and then the election of the new Officers along with the proposed BOG members.
The Dinner is also an opportunity for the HCA to honor different community organizations or individuals with the Alfred E. Driscoll Community Service Award for their volunteer service and contribution to the town of Haddonfield. Over the years, such notable examples have been: The Haddonfield Friends School, The Indian King Tavern, and the Haddon Fire Company No. 1. The winners and/or top contenders for the high school senior awards given by the HCA (the Robert Bradshaw Memorial Essay Contest and the Harry Townsend Kaufmann Performing Arts Award) are also recognized at the Dinner.
Each year at our town dinner we present 4 notable members of the Haddonfield community with an award for their service and participation throughout our town.
2019 Annual Town Dinner
It is with great pleasure that the HCA announces this year’s recipient of Haddonfield’s 2019 Alfred E Driscoll Award is Stuart Harting. The Haddonfield Civic Association Annual Town Dinner will be held on May 1, 2019, at Tavistock Country Club 6:30 to 9 pm.
Since 1975, a long-standing tradition in our town has been the Haddonfield Civic Association Annual Town Dinner. During the dinner, a Haddonfield citizen is awarded the Alfred E Driscoll Community Service Award. The Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a lasting, positive impact on our town in a volunteer capacity.
Stuart Harting Bio - 2019 Alfred E Driscoll Award Recipient
A native of Baltimore, Stuart Harting ventured north to attend Temple University and graduated from its School of Business. He has been a Haddonfield resident for more than 30 years. More importantly, Stu and his wife Beverly have been married for 46 years and have two grown children and five grandchildren who live in town.
For more than 40 years he has been a real estate broker and developer in the tri-state area, winning awards including the Architecture/ Ecological award for The Greenhouse in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and the First Residential Historic Development Award from the Pennsylvania Historic Commission for the Sugar Refinery Apartments in Old City Philadelphia.
In his free time, Stuart has been an actively engaged Haddonfield civic leader. He has been a member of the Borough’s Planning Board since 2013; member of the Rotary Club of Haddonfield; past member of the First Night Finance Committee; lifetime member of Haddonfield Historic Society, Past Chair of Building Committee, and current member of the Fundraising Committee for the new Archives Center and obtained the Center’s new roof at no cost; founding partner of Haddonfield International Exchange which currently has 2 students from China attending HMHS (and he’ll be leading a group to China this summer). Outside of town he has been a past Trustee for 30 years of Oaks (formerly Family Service); served as real estate advisor to Respond in Camden; past member of the Delaware River Ferry Commission; past chair of the West Shipyard Preservation Trust; past chair of Temple University’s Business School Advisory Board; and has been a guest lecturer at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Entrepreneurial Decision-Making; Temple University School of Business; and Drexel University School of Business.
With his and his family’s longtime interest in the arts and especially in outdoor sculpture, Stuart decided in 2013 to build on the beauty of several sculptures in town and create the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust – also known as HOST — a public/private nonprofit entity working closely with the Borough. In just a few short years as the visionary Founder and Chair of the HOST Board of Trustees, downtown Haddonfield has been populated with more than two dozen traditional and contemporary sculptures by internationally-recognized artists including a giant red heart… a couple on a bench… a refugee from El Salvador… a woman astride a bull… a giant postman… and even a ballerina. This walkable showcase has added tremendously to Haddonfield’s unique quality of life and overall appeal. This year the Commissioners declared April to be Haddonfield Sculpture Month, with an inaugural series of free fun family activities and the installation of new sculptures including the Children’s Sculpture Zoo in Tatem Garden and a bright blue dog based on a true story. Visit the sculptures in person or online at www.haddonfieldsculpture.org.
For all this and more, Stuart was recently honored as “Community Partner of the Year” by the Non-Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey and now, the Haddonfield Civic Association’s Alfred E. Driscoll Community Service Award.
In addition the Haddonfield Civic Association will recognize:
- A high school student will be presented with a $500 for the Robert Bradshaw Memorial Content
- Harry Townsend Kaufmann Performing Arts Award – this award seeks to recognize an HMHS senior who exemplifies twin passions of civic engagement and participation in the performing arts.
- Quanci Visual Arts Award – The HCA Board recognizes the visual arts program.
Please fill out the form below to register for the Annual Town Dinner.
Alfred E. Driscoll Community Service Award
The Haddonfield Civic Association presents the Alfred E. Driscoll Community Service Award honoring the late Governor Driscoll, a distinguished citizen of Haddonfield and the State of New Jersey. The award was renamed in 1975 to recognize uncommon effort on behalf of the community with the intention that those who receive it will inspire others, and that it will encourage broader participation in the activities in the Haddonfield community.
Robert Bradshaw Memorial Contest
The Civic Association established an essay competition open to boys who were high school seniors during the Presidency of Robert Bradshaw (1920-1925). Mr. Bradshaw had a strong interest in the youth of the community and the competition served to encourage an interest and awareness of the need for participation in civic affairs. Through their writing students give thoughtful consideration to the particular subject proposed and express themselves. The essay program is conducted at HMHS under the supervision of the English Department and the essays are judged by a BOG committee. In 1931 four years after his death, the Civic Association paid tribute to its late Past President by renaming the competition the Robert Bradshaw Memorial Essay Contest.
Harry Townsend Kaufmann Performing Arts Award
An annual award is made to commemorate Harry Kaufmann, a member of the Haddonfield Civic Association and president from 1971 to 1973. Mr. Kaufmann was a long-time Haddonfield resident and enthusiastic amateur in the world of the performing arts. As an employee of the Philadelphia Inter-State Dairy Council, he illustrated children’s books and sang and played his way through an educational radio program. He wrote, composed and directed a musical commemorating his beloved hometown, “Kings’s Road”, winning a Freedom Foundation Award. As importantly, however, he was committed to assisting those around him, not looking for recognition and thanks, just looking to help. Accordingly, this award seeks to recognize a HMHS senior who exemplifies his twin passions of civic engagement and participation in the performing arts.
Quanci Visual Arts Award
The HCA Board recognizes the visual arts program has been so strong, growing in stature and numbers (thanks to the hard work of the faculty and administrative support), that it deserved it’s own award. The Board decided this year to restore the original name, BRADSHAW ESSAY AWARD for the literary arts award and dedicate a separate award titled, the Quanci Visual Arts award. 2017 was the first time this award is received by an HMHS senior.