5 chosen as honorees for 100th annual Pynchon Awards

Award is given to local people who have given back to the community

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Since 1915, the Order of William Pynchon Awards have honored members of our community who have distinguished themselves through their service. The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts puts on the annual awards, and they will be celebrating 100 years November 19 by honoring a class of five new inductees into the order.

The three men and two women being honored this year are: Sci-Tech Band Director Gary Bernice, entrepreneur and philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, “super volunteer” Sue Ellen Panitch, and Ronn and Donna Johnson, who founded the Brianna Fund for Children with Physical Disabilities.

They will join 200 other honorees who have been honored with the Pynchon Medal in the last century. The number of people honored varies from year-to-year, but this year, the number of honorees will be exactly the same as the first. In 1915, the first honorees were: Marcus Perrin Knowlton, George Dwight Pratt, Donald North, George Walter Vincent Smith, and Charles Goodrich Whiting.

The awards take their name from Springfield founder William Pynchon.

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