Plymouth State Burton-Frost Event Raises More than $30,000 for Student Scholarships

Former Congressman Bill Zeliff, State Senator Lou D’Allesandro, and Amanda Grappone Osmer were honored for their service to New Hampshire.

Plymouth State University and the Raymond Burton Legacy Fund recently recognized former U.S. Congressman Bill Zeliff, New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro, and Amanda Grappone Osmer of Grappone Automotive Group at an event honoring the legacies of Raymond S. (Ray) Burton, PSU class of 1962 and long-serving member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, and Robert Frost, poet laureate and former Plymouth State teacher. The event on Thursday, June 3, 2021, raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships.

Congressman Zeliff and Senator D’Allesandro were recognized with the Raymond Burton Public Service Award in memory of Ray Burton, a former school teacher and principal, and long-serving executive councilor who represented the North Country. New Hampshire Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell accepted the award on behalf of Congressmen Zeliff.

(L-R): PSU Director of Alumni Relations Rodney Ekstrom; The Honorable John Lynch, former Governor of New Hampshire; chair of the Raymond S. Burton Legacy Fund Committee Duane Baxter; and New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro.

Grappone Osmer received the PSU Alumni Association’s prestigious Robert Frost Contemporary American Award recognizing individuals whose service to the people of northern New England best exemplifies Frost’s values of individuality, hard work, humanitarianism, and devotion. Frost taught in PSU’s historic Rounds Hall and lived on campus in the early 1900s.

“We are humbled by the tremendous turnout and support for this important fundraiser, and we were honored to recognize former Congressman Zeliff, Senator D’Allesandro, and Amanda Grappone Osmer for their service to our state,” said John Scheinman, Director of Development at Plymouth State University. “The $30,000 raised by this event will go a long way in providing important financial assistance to deserving PSU students, and we truly appreciate all who contributed.”

The sold-out, in-person event was held at the Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth and featured entertainment by PSU piano faculty members Adam Mayon and Zi Liang. Alex Ray of the Common Man Family of restaurants offered opening remarks along with PSU President Donald L. Birx, Ph.D.

The 2020 Burton Frost event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.