The White Plains Historical Society

Annual Dinner 2009

May 7, 2009 - White Plains, NY.

The 20th Annual Dinner Event, held on May 7th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, recorded a large turnout. Politicians, civic leaders, and historic minded citizens gathered to celebrate our past, present and future. In attendance were Westchester County Legislator Bill Ryan, Assemblyman Adam Bradley, and several White Plains Common Council members.

The Citizen Extraordinaire Award was conferred to Stephen Holden, III. A considerable contingent of family and friends were present to witness this proud moment. Former President Robert Friedman made the introduction and presentation.

An honor guard comprised of Revolutionary War re-enactors carried in the flag. President Robert Hoch presided.

The invocation was given by Father Gawain deLeeuw of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. Musical performance was given by Suzanne Hoch. The benediction was given by Rev. Patricia Gillman of Mt. Hope Zion Church.

Trustee Beth Roach presented the Nominating Committee's report for officers and trustees, which was unanimously accepted.

The guest speaker was Thomas J. Craughwell, a writer who gave an enjoyable talk entitled “Deflating Those Tall Tales About Lincoln.” Table centerpieces were provided by Amodio's Garden Center, Nursery and Flowershop.

Find Your Seats

Revolutionary Honor Guard
Led by Denis Jones, Trustee

Pledge Of Allegiance
Led by Dan Haines, Trustee

President Rob Hoch Introduces Trustee Beth Roach
For Installation of Trustees and Officers

Bill Brown
Former City Of White Plains Councilman

Introducing Honoree
Judge Robert Friedman, Trustee

Citizen Extraordinaire Stephen Holden, III

Presenting a Plethora of Proclamations to Honoree
David Buchwald, Trustee

Bill Ryan
Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators

Adam Bradley
New York State Assemblyman

Civil War Era Medley
Suzanne Hoch

Introduction of Tonight's Speaker
John Vorperian, First Vice President

Deflating Those Tall Tales About Lincoln
Thomas J. Craughwell

The Holden Family
Timothy Holden, Susan Holden, Stephen Holden, III, Stephen B. Holden and Kristine Holden

Father Gawain deLeeuw
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church

Photographs by Rob Hoch, David Buchwald, and Lou DeGenaro