The Historic Stranahan House Museum has announced the Pioneer Honorees for Pineapple Jam 2020: A Party in Paradise for Preservation. During its largest annual fundraising event, slated for Friday, March 27, Stranahan House will award the prestigious individual honoree distinction to Gunster chairman and former U.S. Senator George S. LeMieux and the corporate honoree distinction to Fort Lauderdale-based law firm Tripp Scott, recognizing both for their community contributions and efforts to preserve local history.
“We are incredibly excited to honor both Senator LeMieux of Gunster and Tripp Scott Law Firm during our very special 2020 edition of Pineapple Jam,” said event chair Maggie Gunther, director of communications and programs for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “They exemplify the steadfast values of Fort Lauderdale’s ‘Founding Family’ and are trailblazers in our modern community. We look forward to celebrating their achievements as well as their generous support of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest and most historic home.”
The 2020 honorees join the ranks of inaugural Pioneer Honorees Gregory A. Haile, Esq., president of Broward College, and landscape architecture firm EDSA in the distinction.
LeMieux served as Florida’s 34th United States Senator in the 111th Congress. He served as Florida’s deputy attorney general overseeing more than 400 attorneys and appearing before appellate courts on behalf of the state of Florida, including the United States Supreme Court. He also served as the governor’s chief of staff overseeing all state agencies and operations. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of Gunster law firm. He is also the co-author of Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State.
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale since its inception in 1969, Tripp Scott Law Firm and its 48 lawyers are celebrating 50 years of successes. With nearly two dozen diverse practice areas, the award-winning law firm plans to continue living out its promise of creating and sustaining the capabilities needed to support a growing and forward-focused Fort Lauderdale.
Pineapple Jam is an annual “gala” celebration featuring live music and entertainment, Floribbean cuisine, a premium open bar and silent auction. Proceeds support year-round historic preservation and education programs at the Historic Stranahan House Museum, the oldest and most historically significant landmark in Broward County.
“Pineapple Jam is key to funding the House’s year-round preservation and educational outreach programs, which fulfill Broward County’s fourth grade history requirement for more than 3,000 elementary school students annually,” said event co-chair Whitney Dutton of The Dutton Group at RE/MAX First. “Pineapple Jam also brings together community leaders and partners to support the House, forming mutually beneficial and long-lasting relationships across the board.”
Since its inception, Pineapple Jam has raised more than a million dollars for Stranahan House programming and projects. For more information about supporting the event, sponsorships and ticket sales, visit www.tinyurl.com/PineappleJam2020.
About Historic Stranahan House and Museum
The Stranahan House was built in 1901, when Broward County was no more than a bleak southern frontier supposedly unsuited for human habitation. The existing residents were the Seminoles who traveled down the New River to Frank Stranahan’s trading post to do business. Over the years as Fort Lauderdale grew and developed, the house became a post office, boarding house, restaurant and home to the “Founding Father” and “First Lady” of Fort Lauderdale – Ivy and Frank Stranahan. Today it stands as the oldest house in Fort Lauderdale and an epicenter of Broward County’s long and fascinating history. For more information about the Historic Stranahan House Museum, visit www.stranahanhouse.org.