The Day – The Stonington Historical Society announces its Hero Award winners

Stonington – The Stonington Historical Society has announced that the Stonington Garden Club and community leader Joyce Pandolfi are the recipients of its 2022 Hero Fellowship Award.

The award is presented annually to “individuals and organizations who demonstrate extraordinary dedication and distinguished service in pursuit of the mission of the Stonington Historical Society: to preserve, interpret and celebrate the history of the region,” according to the company.

The Stonington Garden Club, which was established in the early 1900s, supports various Stonington-based organizations through community projects and grants. Club members care for the Stonington Community Center Children’s Garden, the Lighthouse Museum Gardens and Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer’s House, Wayland’s Wharf Rain Garden, Stonington Post Office and Garden donations from Coogan Farm.

The club has also helped purchase land for community use, such as Coogan Farm at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and Pafford Woods at Avalonia Land Conservancy. Each year, the group also distributes thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships.

Pandolfi was president of the Stonington Free Library and a member of the boards of the Stonington Garden Club and the Stonington Historical Society. Since 2020, she has served as Co-Chair of the Lighthouse Museum Campaign and has helped the campaign raise over $2 million to renovate the museum and build an ADA-accessible visitor center.

The awards will be presented at the company’s annual Cannon Ball on June 25 at Mystic Seaport.

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