Beckerman Award Goes to Sally Yoder
Sally Yoder of The Island Reporter was named the recipient of the Milton and Bernice Beckerman Award at the recent conference in Orlando.

In making the presentation, CPF President Wendy Murray said, "We are honored to present the annual Milton and Bernice Beckerman Award to an individual who has devoted years of service to her community and to the free paper industry.

"The award was established by the Beckermans to honor a CPF member publication, or an employee of a member publication, for outstanding community service. During their lifetimes, the Beckermans were longtime association members who contributed time, service and funds to this association.

"Our recipient this year has contributed countless hours from 1990 through this year to establish and operate an historical society in St. Pete Beach.

"The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is run totally by volunteers. Our recipient, despite being in her 80's and wheelchair bound, generally donates two days and about 20 hours a week and time from home as the director of collections. She is credited with capturing and preserving the history of this beach community. She also designed and oversees all the displays and recently began digitizing thousands of photos to ensure their preservation for years to come.

"The effects of our recipient's work made the museum a reality. Last year the museum received over 5,000 visitors from around the country and as far away as central Europe.

"In total she has dedicated the better part of two and a half decades of volunteer work to this project.

"While helping to establish the museum and volunteering there each week, she has also been employed as a writer for a CPF member publication.

"Please join me in awarding the Milton and Bernice Beckerman Award to Sally Yoder of The Island Reporter. Though Sally could not join us today, we are pleased to present the award on her behalf to Betsy Judge, the publisher of The Island Reporter."


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