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Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild Hosts Successful Annual Dinner, Celebrating Ship’s Crew Past and Present

Updated: Feb 29

Philadelphia, PA - February 28, 2024 - The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild (PSPG) recently held its annual dinner, bringing together members and newcomers for an evening of camaraderie and storytelling.

PSPG proudly introduced three notable individuals who will play pivotal roles in the organization's future. Marybeth Tomlinson joined the board of directors taking on the role of Treasurer, bringing her valuable experience and expertise. Gina Pickton assumed the role of Executive Director, poised to lead PSPG into a new era of growth and impact. Sarah Goldhammer was announced as the Director of Education, responsible for spearheading PSPG's trades-education programming, which aims to connect youth of all ages to careers in maritime and related trades through hands-on experiences and mentorship opportunities. Also announced is at least three training sails already scheduled for June 16, July 13-14, and August 17-18. Stay tuned as more dates are added.

One of the evening's highlights was the presentation of our prestigious volunteer awards. Lindsey Keck received the Gay Burgiel Gazela Volunteer of the Year award for his unwavering commitment to feeding our crew and as an instructor in PSPG's pilot trades education program. Christopher Simmons was honored with the Captain Jim Anderson Jupiter Volunteer of the Year award for his efforts in revitalizing work and interest on the historic tugboat

During the annual dinner we remembered Eddie Walsh, a dedicated member of PSPG, with admiration and respect with a presentation of memories with Eddie from Guild Historian Joe Gudonis. Eddie’s family and crew reminisced about Eddie's commitment to PSPG and celebrated his vibrant personality as well as his many years as a part of our community.

PSPG remains committed to engaging its members and the community. Opportunities to get involved include seamanship classes, dockside events, and helping volunteer aboard or at home.

PSPG continues to demonstrate its dedication to maritime preservation, education, and community engagement, fostering a vibrant maritime heritage for future generations.

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