Night to remember..56 honored at awards

12:21 AM 27 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Mike Tanner Jack Ginnetti Jr. presenting Joe Vaccaro Award presented Jean Emerson Inductee for 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Hall of Fame Inductee Freeman Parker Hall of Fame Inductee Diann Perkins George Brennan The Fifty Year History Display 50 year recipients
Mike Tanner - Discussing the latest updates in the industry
Jack Ginnetti Jr. presenting - Mike Tanner with a Patriot Country t-shirt
Joe Vaccaro Award presented - by Marc Vaccaro, Mrs.Joe Vaccaro to Bill Faucher
Jean Emerson Inductee for 2011 - and Bob Lieberman
Hall of Fame Inductee - Stan Gutkowski and Mrs. Gutkowski
Hall of Fame Inductee Freeman Parker
Hall of Fame Inductee Diann Perkins
George Brennan - With Hall of Fame Inductee Ronald Ralph and Bill O'Donnell
The Fifty Year History Display
50 year recipients
50 yr recipients Back Row - P. Fontaine, S. Quinn, J. Doherty, R. Farrar, B. Farrar Front Row - J. Beckwith, B. Faucher, W. Beckwith, J. Hogan, D. McDuffee
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Memories to last a lifetime is what I took home with me on the October 23 anniversary awards program at the Courtyard Marriott honoring 56 contributors of harness racing from all parts of New England and beyond.

Things like the ovation Bill Ellis' Army son, Will received from his seat during the festivities. A proloned staning O.

Three of Jim Doherty's sisters, namely Evelyn, Marie and Anne, are making the long trip (nine hours) from Jim's birth place, St. John, New Brunswick.

Mrs. Joseph Vaccaro and son, Joseph, presenting the fifth annual Joseph A. Vaccaro Memorial Award to William Faucher.

The presence of two of the sports most renowed supporters, Mike Tanner, vice-president and CEO of the U.S. Trotting Association, and District Nine USTA chairman, Don Marean.

Marcia and Bob Lieberman making sure every detail was covered including blue ballons and Champagne at each table and selling raffle tickets.

Bob Temple's memorabilia display of harness racing photos that went back 50 years.The pictural display brought back many fond memories to the legendary Bill (magic man) O'Donnell and racing's bright star George Brennan.

The appearance of Wally Cryan, the voice of Bay State Raceway for many years with his race call that went like this as the horses reached the stretch:"Oh we've got a scrambling bunch of pacers as they head for home!"

Award winner Richard Sebeika proudly introducing his son Jack, and daughter Donna.

The Seymours, Tim, Laurie, Jason ann David in support of their relative Ralph Seymour.

Jim Doherty, a member of the living hall of fame at Goshen, N.Y. accepting the chapter's12th Iron Man award with his wife, Marianne looking on.

Bill Ellis, hall of fame inductee, manning the slide sshow during dinner with the help of Bob Lieberman.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Luskey representing the Fryeburg Fair and making the long trip from the beautiful Fryeburg area.

Judy and Jim Winske helping the committee with table arrangements and selling raffle tickets .

Linwood Perkins flashing a big smile throughout the evening especially when his wife, Diann accepted her hall of fame award with Jean Emerson giving the introduction.

Hall of Fame driver John Hogan praising the past efforts of the harness writers along with his golden era award with his sister, Kathy and brother-in-law Archie McNeil looking on.

The McDuffee's sending and e-mail full of praise for another 'most enjoyable evening.'

The Grasso brothers, Joey and Ralph thanking me for keeping their dad's memory alive. They added,"your kindness will never be forgotton."

Greg Brewster excited about winning a $300 coffee maker door prise arranged by Lieberman.

Finally, yours truely, honored for 50 years of coverage to the sport, paid homage to his peers, Lieberman, Ellis and Temple for the five months of work that made this night one to remember.

By Jack GINNETTI

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