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April 17, 2012 > Awards ceremony honors local historic achievements

Awards ceremony honors local historic achievements

Submitted By Alison Wenz

Each year since 2000, the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) has honored community members who have made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of the community's history and historic architecture. The 13th Annual History Awards will be held at the Stonebrae Country Club on Friday, April 20, 2012.

Six winners were nominated by local community members and selected by the HAHS Board of Directors for their exemplary contributions to the preservation of local history.

Randy Wittorp will receive the Historic Preservation Award for the restoration and preservation of his 1930s-era Tudor style house in the Prospect Hill area. Pete's Ace Hardware in Castro Valley, founded in 1926, will be honored with the Historic Business Award.

The Historic Organization Award will go to the Hayward Municipal Band for entertaining the community at their summer concerts and other events since 1957. Hayward High School teacher Peggy Hearne will receive the Educator of the Year Award in appreciation of her outstanding ability to connect students with history.

The Community Service Award will go to Robert and Erica Campisi for their long-time commitment to the betterment of the Cherryland community and Meek Park. Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will receive the John Sandoval Award in appreciation of his leadership and commitment to preserve the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.

The soiree begins at 5:30 p.m. at Stonebrae Country Club with a cocktail hour and sweeping sunset views of the bay. In addition to the awards presentation, the evening will feature the live music of Christine Ferrari's Swing Society, a buffet dinner prepared by Stonebrae's Executive Chef Ryan Dawson and an opportunity to bid on silent auction prizes. 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.

Proceeds from the event support the HAHS Center of History and Culture Campaign. All who wish to support the 2012 award winners, HAHS, or the preservation of local history are welcome to attend.

To purchase tickets or request an invitation, call Development Director Alison Wenz at (510) 581-0223 or send an email to

For more information about HAHS and the award winners, please visit

Hayward Area Historical Society History Awards
Friday, Apr 20
5:30 p.m.
Stonebrae Country Club
27900 Fairview Avenue, Hayward
(510) 581-0223

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