The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will honor three Islanders with the Martha’s Vineyard Medal at its annual meeting on Monday, August 11. The medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard, according to a press release.
This year’s recipients are Renee Balter of Oak Bluffs, the late Dorothy Bangs of Vineyard Haven, and Richard Paradise of Falmouth.
Renee Balter will be honored for many contributions to the community of Oak Bluffs which include participating in the creation of the Oak Bluffs Association, the creation of the Cottage City Historic District, and the MV Center for the Visual Arts.
Dorothy Bangs was a Vineyard resident for 67 years. Formerly Dorothy Kenney, she was a longtime volunteer at Windemere, the Tisbury Senior Center, and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She died in April 2013 at the age of 88.
Richard Paradise has been the prime mover behind the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society since 1999. As its founding Executive Director, Richard has grown the Society into a 1,900-member organization with an audience of more than 30,000 annually. The Society opened the state-of-the-art MV Film Center in 2012 at Tisbury Marketplace.
The Museum’s annual meeting precedes the medal ceremony and will be held at 5 pm at the Federated Church on South Summer Street in Edgartown. A reception will follow on the museum lawn. The event is free and open to all Museum members, friends, and the general public.