APT Gala Tribute Event

Posted by: Lonnie Hovey, AIA, FAPT, NCARB on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00:00 am
As the meal was winding down, President Gretchen Pfaehler gave a number of presidential citations to many deserving folks, specifically all those involved with the conference planning for the Quebec conference (Yeah!). Special citations were given to Lesley Gilmore for her service as Treasurer, and to Dana Saal (who acknowledged her great staff!) for the excellent conference planning over the years, at the following locations: Monterrey, Toronto, Portland, Galveston, Halifax, Atlanta, San Juan, Montreal, Los Angeles, Denver, Victoria, Charleston, NYC, Quebec, and her advance planning for the upcoming conferences in Kansas City, San Antonio, Buffalo, and Ottawa! (18 in all- whew!) We will miss Dana and her staff. The Publications Committee distributed a number of awards for the best publications this year, and one person won TWO awards this year – a first in APT history! Way to go Conrad! Julia Gersovitz received APT’s highest award and it was most deserving for all that she had done for the profession, teaching, the community, and more (C’est magnifique, Julia!). Once the awards were bestowed, then the auctioneer began his work to auction the desserts, cake by cake, to the 20 tables in the room raising over $7,000 for the student scholarships committee.. It was quick work, and thanks to everyone that donated towards this worthy cause! It was amazing that some cakes went for over $1,000! Our table had four student scholars, but the six of us still managed to make a donation that was 2.5 times more than the cost of our dessert! Now that’s dedication for you! After the desserts were distributed and consumed, the 16-piece swing band orchestra kicked the party into full gear (I think the last APT conference to have a swing band was the 1989 Chicago conference!). The conference committee thought of everything, and they arranged to have two persons serve as dance instructors to help get the party started with three-step, box trot, and other dances going. After the clock hit 11:00, swing tunes morphed into disco tunes and Ricky Martin salsa tunes! The party was still going strong at midnight despite the bars having closed up. APT-ers know how to party!

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