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April 26, 2011 > Honoring our history

Honoring our history

Submitted By Heather Mellon

For over a decade, the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) has honored businesses, organizations and individuals who have made a significant impact in the areas of historic preservation, education and community service. This year the 12 Annual History Awards gala will be held on April 29 at the Stonebrae Country Club.

Mark Yin and Sharon Young will be presented with the Historic Preservation Award for regaining the historical integrity of their original Eichler home while completing renovations to modernize it. Joseph Eichler's distinctive homes are synonymous with California's modernist architecture period.

Foothill Locksmith, founded in San Lorenzo in 1956 by Sy Lucas and then operated by son Stan and grandson Blaine, will receive the Historic Business Award as a longtime family owned business serving the community.

The Historic Organization Award will be given to the Hayward Rotary, which has provided tremendous support to the local community for 89 years. Wendy Papciak, a third grade teacher at Roosevelt School in San Leandro, will receive the Educator of the Year Award for effectively utilizing the educational programs and school tours at the Historical Society's museums in teaching history to her students.

The Community Service Award will be presented to Fernando Hernandez for bringing the community together to create and celebrate the Days of the Dead at Meek Mansion in Cherryland. Paul Ferreira will receive the John Sandoval Award, which recognizes his exceptional dedication through his decade long service as a HAHS Board Member and volunteer history and culture educator.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., and includes a night of dinner and cocktails with breathtaking sunset views. In addition to the awards presentation, the evening will feature live jazz music by the Steve Turner Collective, and a chance to bid on silent auction prizes. Silent auction prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, spas, wineries, and tickets to area attractions, sporting events, and more. Raffle tickets may also be purchased for the chance to win a tour and wine tasting for up to 30 people courtesy of Byington Winery and Vineyard. All proceeds from the event help fund the Society's historic preservation and educational endeavors.

To purchase tickets or request an invitation, contact Development Director Alison Wenz at (510) 581-0223 or send an e-mail to Learn about HAHS programs and events on the web at

Honoring our history
Friday, April 29
5:30 p.m.
Stonebrae Country Club
27900 Fairview Avenue, Hayward
Tickets: (510) 581-0223
$60 for members, $70 non-members

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