Kaufmann Performing Arts Award
Each year, the HCA presents an award to commemorate Harry Kaufmann, a former member of the Haddonfield Civic Association and HCA 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, sang and played his way through an educational radio program. He wrote, composed and directed a musical commemorating his beloved hometown, “Kings’ Road,” for which he was recognized with the Freedom Foundation Award. As importantly, Harry Kaufmann was committed to assisting those around him, never seeking attention or recognition, always out of a genuine desire to help.
Accordingly, this award seeks to recognize a HMHS senior who exemplifies Kaufmann’s exceptional personal character and passion for both civic engagement and participation in the performing arts.
Eligible students are nominated by the Performing Arts teachers and asked to complete an application for consideration. Completed applications along with short recommendations from the nominting teachers are forwarded and evaluated by HCA members of the Board of Governors. HCA members discuss the qualifications of each nominee and identify one candidate for the Kaufmann award.
The Kaufmann Award recipient is recognized at the HCA annual Town Dinner and presented with a $500 award scholarship at Senior Awards Night.