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Judge David Harper Distingushed Citizen Award Dinner

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Judge David Harper Distingushed Citizen Award Dinner

Posted on 20 September 2010 by Press Release

Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Sailfish District will honor the community contributions of Martin County business leaders at the Judge David Harper Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, a dinner benefit which has been renamed this year to honor the Judge’s impressive leadership in the judicial system and community service. Co-chaired by Arthur Brandt and Lee Feinberg of the Law Offices of Brandt & Feinberg, the event is set for Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, Hutchinson Island with proceeds to benefit the newly created Judge David Harper Scholarship Fund and BSA Martin County area scout programs which serve more than 2,200 youth. Nominations for recipients of the inaugural Judge David Harper Distinguished Citizen Award are being accepted until October 1, 2010.

The BSA Distinguished Citizen Award, which is considered the highest honor presented by the BSA, is given to individuals who exemplify exceptional leadership and service within the community. Past Florida recipients of the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award include Sheriff Robert Crowder; Nathaniel Reed, Jules “Toots” Armellini; Richmond “Dick” Harmon, U.S. Congressman Clay Shaw; Dr. Edward Eissey, former president of Palm Beach Community College; Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus; legendary Sportscaster Curt Gowdy and City of Boca Raton Councilman Peter Baronoff.

“Recognizing Judge David Harper in this way truly brings the BSA’s nationally recognized honor home to our community in a most fitting way,” noted Event Co-Chair Arthur Brandt who along with firm partner Lee Feinberg and BSA Sailfish District Executive Dennis Armstrong conceived the award dedication for Judge Harper. “It not only celebrates the lifetime ethics and commitment of an outstanding community leader and judicial system role model Judge David Harper, but also elevates our community’s interest in raising the bar for recipients of his namesake award this year and beyond.”

BSA Sailfish District Executive Dennis Armstrong agrees. “This was a perfect approach to our 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award plans. Judge David Harper was respected by so many, well beyond his legal circles, who serves as an exemplary role model for our youth and the greater community-at-large.”

Event Co-Chair Lee Feinberg encourages the community to submit nominations for recipients of the inaugural Judge David Harper Distinguished Citizen Award as soon as possible; deadline for nomination submissions is October 1, 2010. Contact Dennis Armstrong at dennis.armstrong@scouting.org or (561) 694-8585 to obtain and submit nominations forms. Nominees must be a year ‘round resident of Martin County for at least five years.

Event Committee members include Committee Chair Marsha Ewing, Martin County Clerk of Courts; Dennis Armstrong, Sailfish District Executive Gulf Stream Council; Linda Braswell, Braswell Bail Bonds; Robert Crowder, Martin County Sheriff; Nita Denton, Asst. State Attorney; Kate Harper, Harper Family; Virginia Hill, Sailfish District Finance Chair; Jon A. Kaye, Kaye Communications, Inc.; and Linda Weiksnar, Cary Buchanan Law Firm.

The BSA Gulf Stream Council, which includes the Sailfish District of the Boy Scouts of America, is the area’s largest youth-serving organization serving youth in eight public school districts in southeast Florida and seven counties. The council has more than 34,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and Learning For Life members in more than 400 packs, troops, posts and groups served by 3,600 volunteer leaders. Guided and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board, it is composed of more than 150 leading business, educational, religious and professional leaders.

For more information and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Dennis Armstrong at 772-263-0223 or dennis.armstrong@scouting.org.

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LoPresti First Saturday to Benefit BSA Features A Pilot’s Story

Posted on 19 February 2009 by Dan

LoPresti Aviation will host another in their series of “First Saturday” events in the LoPresti hangar on the north ramp of the Vero Beach airport on March 7th starting at 9 am.

LoPresti First Saturday is about connecting aviation to modern America.

The founder of the company, Roy LoPresti, had a life long love of aviation. As a boy of 5 he announced to his parents, he was going to “design airplanes”. A bold statement from the son of poor first generation immigrants. But sure enough, he entered NYU at 16 and graduated at 19 with a degree in aviation engineering.

As a boy, Roy hung around airports and airplanes every chance he got. However, what was possible and even common 60 years ago, is neither today. Roy bemoaned the loss of innocence and the lack of places for kids and pilots to meet. So we opened “LeRoy’s Cafe” as a place for pilots and the community to “Hang Out”. Later we added First Saturday to formally bring the two together once a month with a full breakfast, an interesting topic and a guest speaker. Any proceeds we generate goes to a charity or a worthy cause. In this way we get to give back to the community and provide a place for pilots to gather. Best of all we get to do what Roy wanted most…to share the dream of flight.

The Speaker. The March “First Saturday” event will feature Wilco films. “When I saw the trailer for A Pilot’s Story I immediately thought that these guys would be great as First Saturday speakers. The tone of this film matches our First Saturday events, connecting aviation and airports to our local community. The imagery of the film was great and after meeting Will Hawkins and Rico Sharqawi on I just knew that these guys could tell a great story.” said David LoPresti.

“When David LoPresti called to ask if we would consider being part of the LoPresti First Saturday event I was really pleased. We just love to share the love of flying and to promote our new film.” Said Will Hawkins.

The Charity
The speakers will be proceeded by a full breakfast benefit for the Boy Scouts of America, Indian River District. The scouts will also serve and will have displays of Scouting Skills.

The Indian River District of the Boy Scouts of America is made up of more than 200 volunteers who operate 30 Scouting Units that provide programs for almost 1,000 youth. These units are Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, coed Venture Crews and two Sea Scout Ships. The ages of the youth range from 7 years old to 18 years old for Cubs and Scouts and to 21 years old for Venture and Sea Scouts.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to help build Character, Citizenship, and Physical and Mental Fitness in young people. All programs are age appropriate.

The Indian River District of the Boy Scouts of America is a part of the Gulf Stream Council that conducts all Scouting activities from Boca Raton to Sebastian and out around Lake Okeechobee and includes Okeechobee, Clewiston and Belle Glade. The Indian River District covers all of Indian River County.

“This will be a great opportunity for the community to see Boy Scouting skills and have a fantastic breakfast at a great price. A Scout is thrifty.” said Brenda Carley, District Executive. “This is a great example of how a local business can support Scouting or any charity while introducing youth to the wider community.”

About LoPresti Aviation
With certifications on 228 different models, providing for over 72,000 aircraft, LoPresti is the industry leader in HID lighting for aviation and has installed thousands of aftermarket kits. Roy LoPresti was responsible for the design and manufacture of more successful airplanes than any designer in aviation history. Mooney, Grumman, Beech, Piper, each company laid claim for a time to producing the works of his creative mind. In 1991, the legendary engineer formed LoPresti Speed Merchants, located in Vero Beach, Florida. With more than 40 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and Parts Manufacturing Authorizations (PMAs), plus patents and copyrights, LoPresti Aviation leads the way in performance and innovation time and again.

The following was a press release issued by LoPresit Aviation.

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