Plymouth State to Honor Former Congressman Bill Zeliff and State Senator Lou D’Allesandro with 2021 Raymond S. Burton Public Service Award

Plymouth State University (PSU) and the Raymond Burton Legacy Fund will recognize 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 of Robert Frost, poet laureate and former Plymouth State teacher. The event on Thursday, June 3, 2021, will benefit student scholarships at PSU.

Donors created 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. The award honors individuals who, according to Burton’s lifelong friend Duane Baxter, “…like Raymond, loved and respected the role of education, cared deeply about New Hampshire and its citizenry, and devoted their public service to public good.”

The PSU Alumni Association’s prestigious Robert Frost Contemporary American Award recognizes individuals whose service to the people of northern New England best exemplifies Frost’s values of individuality, hard work, humanitarianism and devotion. Acclaimed poet Frost taught in PSU’s historic Rounds Hall and lived on campus from 1911 to 1912.

“We are truly honored to recognize former Congressman Zeliff and Senator D’Allesandro with the Raymond Burton Public Service Award, and to recognize Amanda Grappone Osmer with the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award,” said John Scheinman, Director of Development at Plymouth State University. “All have made significant contributions to the state of New Hampshire and their devotion to our people and communities is an inspiration to all.”

The event will take place on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the Barn on the Pemi in Plymouth, beginning with a garden reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment by PSU piano faculty members Adam Mayon and Zi Liang at 7:00 p.m. Alex Ray of the Common Man Family of restaurants will offer opening remarks along with PSU President Donald L. Birx, Ph.D. For information about the Burton-Frost Legacy Award event and to purchase tickets, contact Lesley McGowan at 603-535-2428 or