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Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club 24 October 2019

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The National Maritime Historical Society and Dinner Chairman Christopher J. Culver
invite you to join us at the 2019 Annual Awards Dinner
as we honor four distinguished individuals:

Pam Rorke Levy & Matt Brooks
James Ding Schoonmaker
Jean Wort

with award presentations by 
Richard T. du Moulin • Christopher J. Culver
Gary Jobson • Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.)

New York Yacht Club • 37 W 44th Street • New York, NY 10036
Reception at 6:00 PM • Dinner at 7:00 PM
Black Tie Optional • Military: Dinner Dress Blue

We are most grateful to:

Event Marquee Sponsor
Pam Rorke Levy & Matt Brooks

Fleet Sponsor
Howard Slotnick

Commodore Sponsors:

George W. Carmany III
Ronald L. Oswald
John P. Wort Family Trust
William H. White

We invite your participation in this gala event!

Pam Rorke Levy and her husband Matt Brooks will receive the 2019 NMHS Distinguished Service Award for restoring the historic Olin Stephens-designed yacht Dorade and the 1964-built motor cruiser Serena, a beautiful 74’ Feadship designed by Carlo Riva. Dorade is considered one of the greatest yachts ever produced by Sparkman & Stephens. Built in 1930 at the Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, New York, Dorade claimed victories in the Newport-Bermuda, Fastnet, Transatlantic, and TransPac races in the 1930s, and she has repeated all those races in the last seven years, reaching the podium in every race and winning the TransPac overall, 77 years after her first victory there.  Mr. Brooks is Chair and President of the New York Yacht Club Foundation and a Commissioner for San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, as well as a member of the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun.   Ms. Levy is an Emmy-winning television producer  and creative director and now serves as Board Chair of the San Francisco Art Institute.  Richard T. du Moulin, NMHS overseer and master of ceremonies, and Christopher J. Culver, NMHS trustee and dinner chairman, will present the award to Ms. Levy and Mr. Brooks.

Ding Schoonmaker will receive the 2019 NMHS Distinguished Service Award for his work in supporting the introduction of young people and individuals from emerging countries to the sports of sailing and sail racing. A championship sailor himself, having won gold medals from the Star World Championships, the Star North American Championship, European Championships, South American Championships, European Championships, Western Hemisphere Championships and the Bacardi Cups, he used his success and recognition to support the introduction of new generations to participation in the sport.  As an active member and officer in the International Yacht Racing Union and International Sailing Federation (ISAF), now World Sailing, he was instrumental in establishing the US Sailing Center in Miami, and has been a generous friend to US Sailing.  Mr. Schoonmaker and his fellow ISAF members formed the World Youth Sailing Trust, which for the past 20 years has underwritten sailors from less experienced sailing nations and provided them with coaching at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.  Gary Jobson, NMHS overseer and America’s Ambassador of Sailing, will present the award to Mr. Schoonmaker in absentia, with a special video presentation by award winning documentarian and NMHS vice chairman Richardo R. Lopes.

Jean Wort will receive the 2019 NMHS David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award in recognition of her 26 years of service as trustee and secretary of the National Maritime Historical Society, advancing its mission and broadening its outreach. As a long time officer of NMHS she established a formal yearly program for the Society to maximize its outreach effectiveness. She has worked nationally and internationally to promote the organization and has represented the Society around the world. She is an integral member of the Executive Committee and her vision, effort and generosity are critical to the Society’s success.  A pioneer, she brought the historic 1917 passenger vessel Commander to the Hudson Highlands, providing access to the river for thousands of people. NMHS trustee and 24th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.), will present the award to Ms. Wort.

Christopher J. Culver, NMHS trustee and vice commodore of the New York Yacht Club, will serve as dinner chairman. George W. Carmany III, former NMHS Distinguished Service Award recipient, will serve as honorary dinner chairman. Richard du Moulin, award-winning yachtsman, will be the master of ceremonies. Video introductions of the honorees will be presented by award winning documentarian and NMHS vice chairman Richardo R. Lopes and photographer/editor Alessandro Lopes. The US Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale will provide the entertainment, under the direction of Dr. Robert G. Newton.

We invite your participation in this gala event.
Click here for more information on event sponsorship, and contact:

Wendy Paggiotta, Vice President • • 914-737-7878, ext. 235
Burchenal Green, President • • 914-737-7878, ext. 223