Denise Trevenen to be Honored with Friend of the Green Award
The Gunnery will celebrate the start of the holiday season on Saturday, November 17 by opening its campus to the community for its annual Town Party, featuring the presentation of the 2018 Friend of the Green Award. This year, the school will honor local attorney and community leader Denise DeVault Trevenen.
A longtime Washington resident and principal at Trevenen & Coploff in Washington Depot, Trevenen has been actively engaged in the community, dedicating her time and expertise to organizations that support the town and surrounding communities. She is President of the Washington Park Foundation, and one of the “bold originals” who, along with Barbara Bouyea, Peter Talbot, Michael Ackerman and the late John Millington, led the transformation of the former Texaco gas station into The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington Montessori School, and served as Chairman from 2009 to 2012. She is Counsel to the Warren Land Trust and has been a board member of Steep Rock Association since 2014. She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Gunn Memorial Library & Museum from 2001 to 2007, and was a board member of the New Milford Hospital Community Foundation and the Washington Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation (now the Washington Scholarship Fund).
Among her professional affiliations, Trevenen is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Real Property Section and the Litchfield County Bar Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of CATIC, which provides services to attorneys, insured lenders and home-buyers, and other members of the real estate community. She and her husband, John, have two children, Andrew and Sydney.
The Friend of the Green Award is presented annually by The Gunnery to honor an individual or group that has contributed to the well-being of the town of Washington through their volunteer efforts.
Past recipients of the Friend of the Green Award have included: Lake Waramaug Association, accepted by co-presidents Anne Block and Gail Berner (2017); the Washington Lions Club, accepted by John Quist, president (2016); Sheila Anson, Washington’s Town Clerk and Vice Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission (2015); Laurie Lamarre and the Institute of American Indian Studies (2014); JoAnne Torti of the After School Arts Program (2013); The Washington Fire Department and Washington Town Hall employees, accepted by First Selectman Mark Lyon and Fire Chief Mark Showalter (2012); Kirsten Peckerman, Steep Rock Association board member (2011), and Phil and Gretchen Farmer, board members of the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum (2010).
In the spirit of giving back to the community, guests who attend the Town Party are asked to contribute food or monetary donations for the Warren/Washington Food Bank. To RSVP please contact Jessica Baker, Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 350-0145.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.