Historical Society Honors

Ronnie Beth Sauers and J.R. Rivera of the Beacon Elks (Photo provided)

Ronnie Beth Sauers and Elks recognized

Nearly 250 friends and supporters of the Beacon Historical Society turned out to honor its Beacons of History winners on Nov. 8 at The Roundhouse.

The awards, given annually, honor those who have made substantial contributions to Beacon and helped preserve its history and sense of community.

Ronnie Beth Sauers and J.R. Rivera of the Beacon Elks (Photo provided)

The society recognized Ronnie Beth Sauers for her work with her late husband, Ron. Together they helped to revitalize Main Street nearly 30 years ago by purchasing and restoring vacant commercial buildings in which they saw beauty and potential.

The society also honored Elks Lodge No. 1493, which was founded in 1924 and has supported the community through efforts such as acquiring Hammond Field and Memorial Park; staging meals for Beacon draftees departing for World War II; honoring the city’s emergency responders; holding annual Flag Day observances; supporting a history program for students; and maintaining its Wolcott Avenue lodge, once the Rothery Homestead.

The dinner raised more than $22,000 for the historical society.

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