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 Photo 1.  City Council   President Anna C. Verna, recipient of the F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Award and Grand   Sponsor and presenter,  Michael Karloutsos.
Photo 1.  City Council President Anna C. Verna, recipient of the F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Award and Grand Sponsor and presenter,  Michael Karloutsos.

Photo 2. City Council President Anna C. Verna and Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust Treasurer, William S. George at the FDR Boathouse.
Photo 2. City Council President Anna C. Verna and Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust Treasurer, William S. George at the FDR Boathouse.

The Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust honored City Council President Anna C. Verna during their Ninth Annual Benefit to support the Trust's programs that preserve Fairmount Parks' historic buildings and landscapes. She was presented the third F. Eugene Dixon Jr. Award by Michael Karloutsos, designer and owner of  Philadelphia's Water Works Restaurant.  Michael also presented photo renderings of his plans for the FDR Boathouse. 

Some Philadelphians might remember F. Eugene Dixon.  He was a educator, sportsman and philantropist and his best-known civic accomplishments was the 1976 purchase of the Love Statue that currently stands at the head of John F. Kennedy Plaza in Center City.  Dixon purchased the statue from the Robert Indiana studio after the artist had it removed when the city failed to come up with the $45,000 for its purchase. Dixon bought the statue for $35,000 and gave it to the city. The plaza has since become known as LOVE PARK.

Dixon's most notable sports investment was the purchase the Philadelphia 76ers from Irv Kosloff  for $8 million and a few months later brought Julius "Dr. J." Erving to town for $6.6 million.  He sold the team to Harold Katz  in 1981.  At one time or another, he chaired the Fairmount Park Commission, The Philadelphia Art Commission and the Delaware River Port Authority. 


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