John v.H. Halsey to Receive First WPPB Community Leader Award

John v.H. Halsey
John v.H. Halsey, Photo: Courtesy Peconic Land Trust

WPPB 88.3 FM announced this week that Peconic Land Trust President John v.H. Halsey, will be honored with its first Community Leader Award at the station’s golf outing on September 15.

A Southampton native, Halsey is no stranger to receiving honors. Halsey has earned recognition for his work from universities, such as LIU, and organizations including “Promote Long Island, Inc.”

Since being founded in 1983, Peconic Land Trust has focused on protecting Long Island’s farmlands and heritage. The organization has protected more than 11,000 acres of land to date, a number progressively growing every day.

Wally Smith, President of Peconic Public Broadcasting, stressed the importance of the work Halsey has done for the community. “John has been a leader in the environmental and land use movement here on the East End, one of our largest issues to deal with.” He also called Halsey “the quintessential community servant” and expressed the station’s excitement to award him the first ever WPPB Community Leader Award, with the hopes of making it an annual honor promoting leadership locally.

WPPB is a non-profit public broadcasting company that runs mainly on fundraising. When asked about the importance of supporting WPPB, Smith added, “We are the only national public radio station on Long Island. Broadcasting is a regulated and important community resource. We want to preserve that community resource.”

The WPPB golf outing will take place on September 15 at Atlantic Golf Club, with dinner to follow. The cost is $525 per golfer until they reach 28 participants—then the price goes up to $550.

A Porsche Boxter will be given to the first (and likely the only, if at all) person to hit a hole in one during the outing.

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