208th Annual Dinner Dance
The New England Society’s 208th Annual Dinner Dance took place on Friday, November 8, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Society honored Deborah and Charles Royce with the Reginald T. Townsend Award for their outstanding achievements representing the finest attributes of the New England character.
Jay Sherwood was honored with the J.P. Morgan Award for his outstanding service to the Society, including his tireless efforts on behalf of the Society as First Vice President, the 2013 Scholarship Committee Chair, and a long-time Scholarship Committee member.
2013 Annual Dinner Dance Supporters
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About the 2013 Townsend Award Honorees: Deborah & Chuck Royce
Deborah Goodrich Royce, a summa cum laude graduate of Lake Erie College, is a former actress who has appeared in numerous feature films, television movies and shows. After the birth of her daughters, Deborah moved behind the scenes to work at Miramax Films as story editor. With a writing partner, Deborah won a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council to develop and workshop their original screenplay. She currently serves on the boards of the Greenwich Historical Society, the New York Botanical Garden, the Garden Conservancy and the Hunter Foundation.
Charles M. Royce is President and Chief Investment Officer of Royce & Associates, LLC, and President of The Royce Funds, positions he has held since 1972. He received a bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1961 and a master's in business administration from Columbia University in 1963, and served for many years on the Brown University Board of Trustees. The Royce Fellows Program, which he established in 1996, supports undergraduate research projects and other academic enrichment. Chuck serves on the boards of the New York Historical Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Frick Museum and the Bruce Museum.
Together, Deborah and Chuck are actively involved in the restoration of numerous buildings and “Main Street” revitalization projects in New York and Rhode Island. In 2003, Deborah and Chuck co-founded and restored the Avon Theatre Film Center, a 1939 landmark in Stamford, CT, dedicated to classic and independent films, which they operate as a not-for-profit cinema. The Royces’ largest renovation has been The Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI. Originally built in the 1860s and reopened in 2010 after seven years of planning and reconstruction, The Ocean House is a Relais & Chateaux, as well a Forbes Five Star hotel and spa. Other Rhode Island restorations are The Weekapaug Inn, a newly restored Relais & Chateaux and sister property to The Ocean House, and a number of historic downtown Westerly buildings. Currently, the Royces are hard at work on Avondale Farm, a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse in the Avondale section of Westerly where they plan to live with their family, dogs and chickens.