The Princeton Area Community Foundation has announced the sixteenth annual Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service. The 2012 award is shared by Herb Hobler and Ray Wadsworth who have served this community for a combined 100+ years. The award was presented by the Community Foundation at the Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade, Saturday May 26.
The Vivian Award for Community Service, established by members of the Princeton University Class of 1942, recognizes a person who exemplifies the late Bud Vivian’s commitment to serve the whole of the Princeton community. Bud Vivian often saw the need for community action to solve problems, understood how to generate constructive compromise, and had the tenacity to carry solutions through to completion. Previous winners include Marcy Crimmins, Reeves Hicks, Hank Pannell, Jocelyn Helm, Harry Levine, Ted Vial, Harriet Bryan, Pat Van Ness, Claire Jacobus, Anne Reeves, William Johnson, Karl Light, Sarah Hirschman, Shirley Satterfield, James Floyd and Jack Roberts.
Ray Wadsworth and Herb Hobler, both long time residents of Princeton, joined forces in 1997 to ensure that Princeton would always have patriotic events – the Memorial Day Parade, July 4th fireworks, and Veterans’ Day celebrations. Together Ray (a former Borough councilman, active Princeton merchant, active member of the St. Paul’s Church parish, former owner of The Flower Market, and dedicated Chief of the Fire Department) and Herb (champion of all things Princeton, former owner of WHWH radio, ad executive, long-time trustee and supporter of the American Boychoir School, loyal Princeton University alum, and proud veteran) built the Spirit of Princeton Committee and raised an endowment housed at the Community Foundation to make sure future generations could celebrate together. Since 1999, the Spirit of Princeton has hosted parades, fireworks, and tributes and the community is grateful.
The Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service is made possible through the Vivian Memorial Fund, an endowment fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds community across Mercer County and central New Jersey. It provides charitable giving expertise to individuals, nonprofits and corporations, and makes grants to nonprofit organizations. Since it’s founding in 1991, the Community Foundation has granted over $38 million back into the community. For more information please contact the Community Foundation at 609-219-1800 or online at www.pacf.org .