Annual Town Dinner
The annual Town Dinner is delayed.
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.
Dear Haddonfield Residents,
The evening of May 6th, 2020 would have been the Haddonfield Civic Association’s 90th annual meeting and dinner. Since 1937, the HCA has honored, on behalf of the community, one citizen who displays uncommon leadership with the intention of recognizing those who have unselfishly inspired others and encouraged broader participation in the activities of the Haddonfield community.
Beginning in 1975, this high honor was recognized with the Alfred E. Driscoll Community Service Award, named after the distinguished New Jersey governor from Haddonfield. Outside of WWII, this year marks only the second time the HCA will not present the award at the spring dinner and annual meeting. We are excited about this year’s Driscoll Award recipient but will wait to announce the honoree at a time when the recipient’s family, friends, and Haddonfield neighbors can join together in one celebration. Look for an update as we move towards the fall and hopefully, a return to normal gatherings and celebrations.
The annual dinner is also the time for the Board of Governors to announce and recognize three HMHS seniors with HCA scholarships. We would like to take this opportunity to publicly recognize the winners of the Bradshaw Literary Award, the Quanci Visual Arts Award and the Kaufmann Performing Arts Award. The scholarships were presented at the Senior Awards Night on June 2nd.
Two of the scholarships, the Bradshaw Literary and Quanci Visual, are awarded based on a student’s response to a writing prompt that focused this year on a passion for civic engagement. This year’s prompt reads as follows:
“In 2020, voters across America, including some HMHS seniors, will cast their votes. There are many ways – apart from voting – that young people can be civically engaged. Describe how young people can get more involved in their community (as you choose to define community). Or, if you have been civically active within your community, describe that experience.“
The HCA Board of Governors are delighted to announce this year’s Bradshaw Literary Award winner is Gemma Miller, and the Quanci Visual Arts Award goes to Victoria Hirst. Our third scholarship, the Kaufmann Performing Arts Award, recognizes a student’s participation in the performing arts. This year, the Kaufmann Award goes to Evelyn Skyrm.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Gemma, Victoria and Evelyn. We would also like to thank all of the seniors who submitted entries this year. We were impressed with the high caliber of all submissions – a special class indeed!
The 2020 Haddonfield Civic Associations Board of Governors.
Alfred E. Driscoll Community Service Award
Robert Bradshaw Memorial Contest
Named after Robert Bradshaw (HCA president 1920-1925). Mr. Bradshaw had a strong interest in the youth of the community and developed an essay competition that served to encourage awareness of the need for participation in civic affairs. Through their writing students give thoughtful consideration to the particular subject proposed and express themselves. 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. The HCA continues this tradition by providing a prompt annually to HMHS students based on civic areas. The essay are submitted by seniors, and conducted at HMHS under the supervision of the English Department. The essays are judged by the HCA BOG committee.
Harry Townsend Kaufmann Performing Arts Award
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 Quanci Visual Arts scholarship was first awarded to an HMHS senior in 2017. It is named for the Lisa Quanci, serving on the HCA Since 2005. She spearheaded this 3rd Scholarship award over the years to recognize the triad of the Arts: literary, performing and visual arts.