Recognizing that tomorrow’s history is being made today, the Beaches Area Historical Society has announced the extraordinary individuals selected to be recognized at its fifth Beach Legends event, Friday, September 21 at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. The highlight of the evening will be an awards presentation honoring these well-known members of the community, who have made and are making significant contributions to the on-going history of the Beaches.
Hon. Elaine Brown AND Hon. Richard Brown - Elaine and Dick Brown are well known in our community as long-term Neptune Beach residents, local business leaders and dynamic volunteers. As individuals and as a couple, they share a one-of-a-kind history of community leadership. In addition to numerous nonprofit and civic organizations, both have served multiple terms on Jacksonville's City Council. Elaine and Dick have also both been members of Neptune Beach City Commission, and each has been elected Mayor of Neptune Beach.
Sam Veal - Sam Veal was born and raised in our beach community and as an adult, his work has brought a wealth of cultural richness to our lives. Sam searches out and nurtures local musical talent -- booking new artists, old favorites and nationally known stars for local venues. He founded the annual Sea Walk Music Fest, the Salt Life Music Fest, the Great Atlantic Music Fest and he's put Jacksonville Beach on the musical map with Springing the Blues.
James Roosevelt Stockton, Jr. - Jimmy Stockton traces his family's Jacksonville roots to the 1860's. Stockton leadership in banking, publishing and the development of Ponte Vedra Beach and the historic Inn & Club is legend. Jimmy has enjoyed a successful 50 year career in real estate, but he sees the world as much more than a land development opportunity. As a modern day adventurer, he has enjoyed a life of African safaris, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, hunting, fishing, camping and exploring the world with family and friends.
The evening includes a cocktail hour with an open bar, auctions, and a sit-down dinner with wine. Live and silent auctions promise vacation getaways, dining and golf specials as well as prizes to bid on donated by generous Beaches merchants. The price of admission is $150 and sponsorship opportunities are available. This year’s event will be presented by Walter Dickinson & Helen Coppedge.
Proceeds from Beach Legends will cover approximately one third of the budget for educational programs and operational needs of the Beaches Museum & History Park.
The Beaches Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to archive and chronicle the history and heritage of the Beaches communities of Mayport, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley. The museum building, which opened in 2006, and History Park occupy Pablo Historical Park, a three-block campus at 381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach. For information call (904) 241-5657.