2019 Recipient – Mayor Bill Carpenter
It is with great honor, and solace, that we present the 2019 James Edgar Community Service award to the late Mayor Bill Carpenter. Mayor Carpenter leaves behind a legacy that defines him as the catalyst and “change-agent” who ushered Brockton into a new era; an era with a chartered course to progress and prosperity that Brockton has not seen in over half a century.
2018 Recipient – Carl W. Landerholm
What makes Carl W. Landerholm — Mr. Brockton – and a distinguished recipient of the
2018 James Edgar Community Service Award easily can be seen through the decades
of Brockton children who have benefited from directly knowing him or his work.
Carl has given tours of his beloved Brockton to thousands of this city’s students over the years
both in his capacity as longtime president of the Brockton Historical Society and
as a constructor/inspector/building commissioner of some of Brockton’s most renowned structures.
He always wants to share his passion for all things Brocktonian with future generations.
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2017 Recipient – Richard D. Savignano
The James Edgar Service Award was awarded to
A lifelong Brockton resident, Rick Savignano has served in many capacities which have
had a direct & meaningful impact on the children of Brockton. He served as president of the
Board of the Brockton Youth Soccer Association, volunteered for the Brockton Special Olympics,
and was a director of the Brockton Boys and Girls Club. Most recently, Rick worked tirelessly to
bring TOPSoccer program to Brockton and currently acts as the Coach/Coordinator of the program.
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2016 Recipient – Officer Rosie Vasques-Brown
The James Edgar Service Award was awarded to
Brockton PD Officer Rosie Vasquez Brown, she was recognized
for her years of work with at-risk youth in Brockton. Rosie represents
everything that a community police officer should be,
working countless hours with our city’s youth and homeless.
She has also been a Champion for our Police
Assisted Recovery outreach, the Champion Plan.
Rosie, thank you for helping so many others,
in the true spirit of community policing
2015 Recipient –William McCauley
The James Edgar Service Award was awarded to William McCauley Nominated
for his many years of dedication and service to the youth of Brockton through his
involvement with many Basketball Leagues, Brockton Youth Foundation,
Breakfast with Champions, Summerfest, and countless other volunteer
efforts all to benefit the youth of our city.
2014 Recipient – Claire Appling
The James Edgar Service Award was awarded to Educator and community volunteer
Claire Appling. She started breaking down barriers for women in 1950’s-era Brockton.
More than a half-century later, Appling’s rich history of voluntarism earned
her the fifth annual James Edgar Community Service Award,
sponsored jointly by Good Samaritan Medical Center
and USA Christmas Town.
2013 Recipient – James Jamoulis
Cape Cod Café Owner James Jamoulis was honored with the
James Edgar Award for his community service
and commitment to the families of Brockton.
2012 Recipient – John Waldron
The James Edgar Service Award was awarded posthumously to John Waldron,
who died earlier this year. Waldron’s wife Mary and his daughter Casey were
presented the award by his teammates from the 1972 Brockton High School
football team, the first team to win a Super Bowl.
2011 Recipient – Kristina Lutz
Kristina Lutz Embodies community spirit – basketball coach – Driving force behind
installation of two playgrounds – Brookfield & Howard/Gilmore – Paraprofessional
at Brookfield School – Energetic, focused on helping kids
2010 Recipient – Dave Gorman
– The 1st James Edgar Award Recipient –
Dave is a Race Enthusiast-For a dozen years, Dave Gorman has put together the city’s Jingle Bell Run, which last year raised more
than $10,000 for The Enterprise’s Helping Hands Fund benefiting local charities, For nearly 30 years, the
Brockton native has organized the Kids Road Races at D.W. Field Park.
The Downtown Brockton Association is accepting nominations for the annual James Edgar Community Service Award,
sponsored by Good Samaritan Medical Center.
The James Edgar Community Service Award is given each year to the person in the community who best exemplifies
Edgar’s spirit of generosity toward the city’s children. The recipient must be a Brockton resident.
James Edgar was an immigrant from Edinburgh, Scotland who opened Edgar’s Department Store on Main Street in Brockton. In December of 1890, he dressed up as Santa Claus based on a popular illustration of a jolly Santa drawn in 1863 by the famous cartoonist Thomas Nast. Edgar did not intend for this to be a commercial attraction. He did it for the enjoyment of the children and to promote Christmas. It began the tradition of the department store Santa Claus. Within days trains from as far away as Boston and Providence brought families and their children to downtown Brockton to see Santa. The idea quickly transferred to department stores around the country and continues to this day. A city park is named for him.
The recipient of the James Edgar Award will be honored during the
Annual Downtown Holiday Parade.
The honoree’s name will also be included on the Edgar Plaque on the
James J. Adams Parking Garage on Main and Crescent streets.
Each person may only nominate one individual.