Living Legend Awards announces honorees


Tickets are now on sale for the Oneida County History Center for the 18th annual Historical Hall of Fame/Living Legends Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Oct. 3.

Nine individuals will be honored and recognized for their years of service as community leaders and for their efforts in furthering our region’s industries, culture, and educational opportunities.

The class of 2018 includes “Living Legends” Oneida County Historian Joseph P. Bottini, community advocate Edward Jackson, Reverend Joseph A. Salerno, Staffworks founder and animal rights activist Anita Vitullo, and Historical Hall of Fame inductees Rear Admiral Samuel Livingston Breese (1794-1870), Utica Public Library Director Alice Cynthia Dodge (1902-1984), educator Anthony Schepsis (1918-1987), Clinton Hockey trailblazer Edward Stanley (1906-1991), and Utica sports enthusiast Len Wilbur (1905-1965). 

The Historical Hall of Fame/Living Legends Awards Banquet will be held at the Hart’s Hill Inn on Wednesday, Oct. 3, starting at 5 p.m. The evening features a reception and cocktail hour (cash bar), dinner buffet, Hall of Fame video presentation courtesy of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, speeches from the 2018 Living Legends inductees, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $60, $50 for current OCHC members, and $440 for tables of eight. All proceeds benefit the Oneida County History Center. Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling the History Center at 315-735-3642.

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