The annual Pelham Preservation & Garden Society fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 9th beginning at 7 p.m. The PPGS fundraiser, which is open to the public, promises a fun evening of cocktails, elegant hors d’oeuvres and silent auction to support our latest restoration projects. The event will be held, as it has in the past, at one of Pelham’s historic homes, this year at the Pelham Manor home of Michelle & Lee Hambright who have graciously opened their home at 1357 Park Lane.
Designed by architect Phillip Resnick in 1926, 1357 Park Lane is one of Pelham’s most outstanding examples of Tudor Revival architecture. The home is built of locally-quarried granite with a prominent stucco and half-timbered gable. Original steel casement and leaded and stained glass windows are all preserved, along with a rusticated slate roof. In addition to being architecturally significant, the home is also of historic importance. It was for many decades the home of Christopher & Helen Chenery and their children Hollis, Margaret and Helen (who was better known by her nickname, “Penny”). The Chenery Family is well-known for their ownership of Meadow Stable, which produced such thoroughbred race horses as Riva Ridge, First Landing and Secretariat. After Mr. Chenery’s death in January, 1973, Penny Chenery Tweedy assumed management of Meadow Stable and, against financial challenges, continued to train and race Secretariat to become the triple-crown winner that year. She made a cameo appearance in the 2010 film “Secretariat.” Prior to her death last September, she recalled in a telephone conversation her time living in the home. “I had a wonderful childhood growing up in Pelham,” she said, remembering how her father installed an elevator that still operates in the home. The house was sold in 1973 to the O’Reilly Family. Mrs. O’Reilly was a sister of the author and political commentator, William F. Buckley.
The June 9 fundraising event will feature a silent auction with sunset boat cruises, sports tickets and events as well as a 50-50 raffle. Dave Katz, of Depot Dave Catering will be catering the plentiful passed hors d’ oeuvres. All of the proceeds from your $65 ticket price will go to the nonprofit PPGS, which is dedicated to fostering an understanding and appreciation of the architecture, historic structures, natural beauty and aesthetic character of the Town of Pelham and surrounding areas.
Proceeds will fund several projects currently underway in the Pelhams. The PPGS annual benefit is its primary means of fundraising along with membership dues. Tickets are available at the door or in advance. Invitations will be mailed the first week of May or go to the group’s website for more information: PreservePelham.org.
Formed in 1999, this group of volunteer Pelhamites develops programs and funds projects aimed at protecting and enhancing the aesthetic and historic character of the Pelham community. Recent projects of the PP&GS include the hanging flower baskets in downtown Pelham, the stone and timber pergola in Wolfs Lane Park, the restoration of the historic police booth at four corners, new benches at Pelhamdale Avenue and Boston Post Road bus stops, the restoration of the Benedict Fountain, and the annual “Mimi Buckley” PMHS scholarship.
To learn more, visit PreservePelham.org. Anyone who cannot attend the fundraiser is invited to join as a member for $25 annually. To RSVP for the fundraiser or to join the PPGS please send a check made out to Pelham Preservation & Garden Society to: P.O. Box 8129, Pelham, NY 10803.