2012 Dengler History Award: An Evening of Optimism, Opportunity, and Generosity
On June 14, 2012, the Lawrence History Center honored Dick Purinton, a man with a mission, quietly and effectively doing what one person can to make the Lawrence Gateway real for Lawrence's people and the organizations that serve them. Since 1998, the History Center has held the Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony to spotlight the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding leaders who work to bring development, opportunity and prosperity to Lawrence. Dick certainly fits that criteria!
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L to R: Hillary (Purinton) Salmons, Tim Purinton, Dick Purinton
The event was attended by well over 100 guests -- family, friends, and colleagues of our honoree -- who came to pay tribute to a wonderful person who has touched their lives in a positive and inspiring way. Guests enjoyed stories about Dick's characteristic good humor and the remarkable support he has provided to organizations and the people of Lawrence.
The Host Committee for our event was comprised of representatives from the many different organizations Dick has supported along the way:
Ralph Carrero (Lawrence Family Development Charter School)
Leslie Costello (Essex Art Center)
Patrica Karl (Lawrence Family Development Charter School)
Joan Kulash (Jericho Road)
Josh Miner (The Stevens Foundation and the ECCF Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund)
David and Helen Tory (Essex Art Center)
David Welbourn (ECCF-Essex County Community Foundation)
Senator Sue Tucker
With profound gratitude to the Purinton Family, our sponsors, friends, and many others whose contributions have made this 2012 Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony possible…
The Sidell Family
Millennium Communications Group, Inc.
The Community Group, Inc.
Linda Carpenter and Larry Ardito
With special thanks to...
The Wobbly Boys