A packed house of more than 400 gathered at the Chase Center on the Riverfront Tuesday night for the Delaware Historical Society’s tenth annual History Makers dinner, which this year celebrated Delaware’s heritage as a favored venue of corporations.
The evening’s principal awardees were two individuals whose institutions have played critical roles in making Delaware an internationally respected business venue: Rodman Ward III, representing Corporation Service Company, and Chancellor Andre Bouchard, representing the Delaware Court of Chancery.
The dinner featured an interactive quiz on the history of “corporate” business in in the First State and a panel discussion featuring Ward and Bouchard.
Bouchard was sworn in as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery in 2014. The Court of Chancery celebrates its 225th anniversary this year.
President and CEO of Corporation Service Company (CSC) since 2010, Mr. Ward is a fourth-generation descendant of one of the company’s founders who started the company in 1899. CSC now has more than 2,500 employees located in Delaware and 17 countries around the globe.
In honor of the tenth year of the Delaware History Makers Award, the Historical Society also recognized ten businesses whose selection was based upon longevity, corporate citizenship, and contributions to the quality of life in Delaware. They include:
Bell Funeral Home (ca. 1930s)
The Delaware History Makers Award began in 2007. Past honorees include Mr. Ed Woolard, Mrs. Peggy Woolard, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Mrs. Toni Young, The Hon. Pete du Pont, Mr. Ken Burns, Mr. Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond, Dr. Carol Hoffecker, Rev. Roberto Balducelli, Rev. Canon Lloyd Casson, Mrs. Ellen Kullman, The Hon. Michael N. Castle, and Mr. Bryan Stevenson.
Proceeds from the event support the Delaware Historical Society’s award-winning educational programs that take place year-round throughout the state.
Photos by Jim Graham