Annual Town Dinner
Our next annual Town Dinner will be held May 1st, 2019.
The Annual Town Dinner has been a 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.
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.