Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief addresses the crowd at the 43rd Annual Pioneer Day event in Parkland City Hall.

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By: Sharon Aron Baron

The City of Parkland played host to the 43rd Annual Pioneer Day event last Saturday at City Hall.

Pioneer Day is an opportunity for individuals to be recognized for contributions they have made to their communities.  This annual event celebrates the men and women who have been selected as Broward County Pioneers where they join a distinguished group of over 2,000 other Pioneers that have been honored since the program began in 1972.

Before the event, the city welcomed the nominees, friends and family to a luncheon outside of city hall where the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Jazz Combo entertained the guests.

“If you’ve never driven around Parkland, take some time to drive around –  this is the most beautiful city you’ve ever seen,” Parkland Historical Society President Jeff Schwartz told the crowd.

In attendance were: Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief,  Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, Parkland Vice Mayor Stacy Kagan, Deputy Vice Mayor Ken Cutler, and Commissioner Grace Solomon.  

The program was led by Broward County Historic Preservation Board Vice Chair Sheldon McCartney who introduced the municipalities and the historical groups who named their nominees.  

2017 Pioneer Day Nominees

Amy Heywang – nominated by City of Cooper City
James Steven Holbrook – nominated by City of Coral Springs
Edgar “Buddy” Galvin – nominated by Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association, Inc
Debby Sanderson – City of Fort Lauderdale
Diana McKenney – nominated by Old Davie School Historical Museum
Lois Blount – nominated by Parkland Historical Society
Michaele (Miki) Ostendorf – Plantation Historical Society
Willie Clark – nominated by Pompano Beach Historical Society
Marvin Dale Holt – nominated by Town of Southwest Ranches
Pam Bushnell – nominated by Tamarac Historical Society
Beauregard Cummings – nominated by Trailblazers of Broward County, Inc.
Marian Pratt – City of West Park
Mark L. Myers – nominated by City of Weston
M.E. DePalma – nominated by Wilton Manors Historical Society

Other Awards include:

Judge Clayton Nance Award – The Gzella Collection
Dr. Cooper C. Kirk Award – Dan Hobby
Historical Preservation Board Special Award – North Broward Preparatory School
Stuart P. McIver Historian’s Award – The Broward Trust for Historic Preservation

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Parkland Talk. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.