Bruce Bykowski, William Anthony and Dominick Pucci of the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse were presented with ALF Len Hadley Volunteer Awards during the American Lighthouse Foundation’s annual Gala, which was held at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, on May 1, 2022.
Bruce Bykowski – 2020
A few years ago, Bruce Bykowski joined the ranks of volunteers at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. As with our other Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (FPPL) volunteers, Bruce came to the tower for his weekly shift welcoming visitors and imparting some historical information to them.
When the FPPL Treasurer stepped down after 16 years of service to the chapter, Bruce seamlessly took over that position. He has been the FPPL Treasurer for a few years now, but he goes beyond the title. In addition to the financials and the reporting required, Bruce has taken it upon himself to conduct a year–end inventory of items offered for donation, while also developing a new thank you letter for donations. For all of this and more, the American Lighthouse Foundation and the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse are pleased to honor Bruce Bykowski with a 2022 Len Hadley Volunteer Award!
William Anthony & Dominick Pucci – 2021
One of the major goals of the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is to keep the tower open to the public seven days a week and educating visitors on the history of the lighthouse before they ascend the tower. Keeping the lighthouse open every day requires many volunteers, each taking one of two daily shifts.
Due to concerns of COVID, FPPL had to reduce its open hours significantly in 2021. While all our volunteers do an excellent job, this award recognizes two volunteers who faithfully covered Friday afternoon. William Anthony and Dominick Pucci have taken this shift together for a few years. They are extremely reliable, working out shift coverage among themselves. Like all our volunteers, Bill and Dom give visitors a brief historical perspective on the lighthouse and encourage donations, which are critical for our restoration projects.
However, what most distinguishes Bill and Dom is their insightful suggestions on how to improve what FPPL does. Bill recently took on full responsibility for the display room in the tower’s vestibule area, which includes historical information and where the chapter offers gifts for donations. Dom introduced a popular new item for donations—lobster rope mats made by his wife. With a return to what we hope will be a full schedule of open hours, FPPL looks forward to a successful 2022 season, incorporating the enhancements from Bill and Dom. For all of this and more, the American Lighthouse Foundation and the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse are pleased to honor William Anthony and Dominick Pucci with 2022 Len Hadley Volunteer Awards!