The following was submitted by Deb Payson, director of development and communications for the Essex National Heritage Commission:
Essex National Heritage Commission and the National Park Service are
hosting the 2012 Essex Heritage Hero Awards dinner honoring Salem native
and Danvers resident Thomas M. Leonard.
Essex Heritage established the Heritage Hero award to recognize the special
contributions made by individuals within the National Heritage Area (Essex
County), whose commitment embody the mission of Essex Heritage - to
protect, preserve and promote the region's rich historic, cultural and
natural resources - for the benefit of all who live in, work in and visit
This year, the Heritage Hero Awards Dinner will recognize the significant
achievements of Tom Leonard.
Mr. Leonard will be honored for his incredible life of service benefiting
the community, the region and the state. His work often flies under the
public's radar, but his achievements are many and his leadership roles are
Mr. Leonard is an enduring advocate for heritage preservation
in Essex County whose long and distinguished career with Salem Five
reinforced his pursuits as a strong community leader. He consistently works
closely with area elected officials and business groups to raise awareness
of the dedicated efforts being accomplished for this region, and has been
instrumental in advancing the preservation and promotion of area resources.
Tom Leonard's lifetime achievements embody the qualities that define
The Essex Heritage Hero award will be presented within a tribute dinner
format, with the opportunity to celebrate Tom's many contributions. Please
join Essex Heritage and the National Park Service to share recollections
and inspiring moments with colleagues, friends and family.