COATESVILLE, Pa., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Graystone Society's National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum, located in the Lukens National Historic District in Coatesville, has announced its seventh annual Rebecca Lukens Award to be presented to noted Coatesville Community Leader, Regina Horton Lewis. Established by The Graystone Society's National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens, the annual award will be presented to Regina Horton Lewis at a March 21st reception at The Coatesville Country Club. The date commemorates Rebecca Lukens' 219th birthday.
Born on the seventh day of the eleventh month in 1947, good fortune seemed to follow young Regina Horton wherever she went. And 'good fortune' wasn't always how she thought of things growing up as a young African American female during the turbulent 1950's and 1960's. "I was born and raised in West Chester; on East Barnard Street," says Regina. " We were a very tight knit community. Things were segregated then, so our community had to take care of itself. I attended an all-black school called The Gay Street School."
Her parents were the beacons of light in an often-challenging world. "It was my parents who first taught me about community and the importance of doing community work. They were involved with our church, politics, clubs, and the West Chester Community Center. The Community Center was truly the centerpiece of our community. When we could not swim at the local Y, we could swim there," says Lewis. She also notes how, back then, "Neighbors supported neighbors."
She ended up spending 25 years in the corporate environment. She worked for companies like IBM, National Liberty and Prudential. All the while, her eye never left the importance of community and the need to give back. "I got married, had two children, got divorced and went to night school while I held down a job. I knew I couldn't do it alone. That's where the community helped me," says Regina. She was always devoted to the church and her music, whether as a pipe organist or chapel organist at Lincoln University, or even in the choir, like her mother. It was these organizations that gave her first hand knowledge of what "not-for-profit" really meant.
When Regina retired from the corporate world in 1994, she joined The Coatesville Area Partners for Progress (CAPP). "CAPP was a business group, made up of business leaders who focused on the revitalization of Coatesville," says Regina. She previously served on many Boards and that is where she had a birds' eye perch on how non-profits operated. Eventually, she accepted the position of Executive Director at Chester County Community Dental.
James D. Ziegler, The Graystone Society's National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum's Executive Director applauds this years' choice for the Seventh Annual Rebecca Lukens Award. "Regina Horton Lewis is a stellar choice for this award. Her effervescence, her passion, and her love for the city of Coatesville mirror Rebecca's own ambitions for Coatesville. Like Rebecca before her, her community and the people within it are all important to her. Both women exemplified how strong convictions and deep roots are the building blocks for change."
The Rebecca Lukens Award will be presented to Regina Horton Lewis at a reception at the Coatesville Country Club, on March 21, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and reservations are required. Also on display that night will be selected works from the Klaus Guido Grutzka Art Collection, now part of the collection of The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum.
This event also is made possible through the kindness of the following sponsors:
PECO Energy; Huston Properties, Inc.; The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust; Brandywine Health Foundation; Coatesville Savings Bank; Citadel Federal Credit Union; DNB First and Mr. & Mrs. Scott G. Huston.
The Graystone Society, which was created in 1984 to help preserve the city's historic architecture, also assists with municipal improvement and economic development through preservation. The Graystone Society is named for the Graystone Mansion, part of The Lukens National Historic District, which is the home of The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum. One focal point of the museum is the 500 tons of World Trade Center steel "trees" originally manufactured at Lukens Steel in the late 1960's. This museum will also focus on the people, places, products and processes that made Coatesville the outstanding center of the iron and steel industry that it is today. For event information and reservations, please contact The Graystone Society at 610-384-9282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coatesville Country Club is located at 143 Reservoir Rd, Coatesville, PA. Contact them at (610) 384-3200 or visit them at www.coatesvillecountryclub.com
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