Ed And Amy Birnbaum Honored At 2018 JFK Dinner

Los Alamos residents Ed and Amy Birnbaum draw a standing ovation from the sold out crowd gathered at the 7th Annual JFK Dinner Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senor Center. The Democratic Party of Los Alamos honored the Birnbaums for their outstanding dedication and service. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

A sold-out crowd of more than 120 people filled the room at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for the 7th Annual JFK Dinner hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos. Los Alamos residents Amy and Ed Birnbaum were honored with the 2018 JFK Dinner Achievement Award at the event and drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

The Birnbaums were recognized by the DPLA as the 2018 Honorees for their outstanding dedication, service and commitment. Both Ed and Amy are life-long Democrats and got involved in the local Democratic Party in 2012 shortly after moving to Los Alamos.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” Ed said. “Being a part of the growth of the Democratic Party here has been rewarding for us.”

Ed grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and holds a PhD from the University of Illinois. He taught chemistry for 24 years at New Mexico State University, worked for a year at Los Alamos National Laboratory, two years at the University of Hawaii and 15 years at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia as the chemistry department chair. 

Amy grew up in Illinois and holds a BS degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois. She worked as a biology research technician at NMSU and later as an office manager in New York City.

Since moving to Los Alamos, the Birnbaums have served the community through volunteering on boards and committees. Ed has served on the Utility Charter Review Committee, Board of Public Utilities Future Energy Resources Committee and subcommittees of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Amy serves on the boards of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the Homeowners Association where she and her husband reside. She also volunteers at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Earth Day and at blood drives throughout the year, among other activities.

“Amy is most comfortable serving behind the scenes, so if you don’t see her hiding behind a potted plant it doesn’t mean that she isn’t there!” Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard said as she spoke about the couple at Sunday’s event.

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber gave an inspirational talk as keynote speaker for the dinner and U.S. Rep Ben Ray Luján together with Rep. Garcia Richard and DPLA Robyn Schultz welcomed the crowd.

The event was catered by the Los Alamos Coop Market and dinner was served by candidates running for office in the upcoming election.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right, shared the history of Amy and Ed Birnbaum with the crowd and presented the Birnbaums with their award during Sunday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

To honor his grandparents Ed and Amy Birnbaum, Devon McCleskey performed Blue Skies accompanied by his friend, pianist Alexander Mancino. McCleskey is studying musical theatre at the University of Michigan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Devon McCleskey entertains the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pianist Alexander Mancino accompanied his friend Devon McCleskey who performed Blue Skies for his grandparents Ed and Amy Birnbaum at Sunday’s event. Mancino is studying jazz piano at Arizona State University. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Ed and Amy Birnbaum address the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Democratic Party of Los Alamos Chair Robyn Schultz introduces Keynote Speaker Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Keynote Speaker Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber delivered an inspirational and upbeat message at the 7th Annual JFK Dinner Sunday evening at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Keynote Speaker Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Sunday’s Event. Luján together with Rep. Garcia Richard and DPLA Chair Robyn Schultz welcomed the crowd to the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, center right, speaks with attendees. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Candidate Rick Miera who is running for lt. governor helps serve dinner to the crowd of hungry guests. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Council candidate Tim Morrison, Council Vice Chair and candidate for House Dist. 43 Chris Chandler and municipal judge candidate Elizabeth Allen wait for the chef to give them dinner to serve the guests. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PED Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster helps serve dinner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor and candidate for House Dist. 43 Pete Sheehey prepares to help serve dinner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados helps serve dinner to the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council candidate James Robinson, left, chats at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Roland and Anna Caspersen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council candidate Randall Ryti, center, with his wife Wendy Swanson, left, chat with friends at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Political Campaign Manager Tarin Nix, left, chats with David Schiferl and his wife UNM-LA Advisory Board member Sheila Schiferl. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder who is running unopposed for relection. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, former school board member Nan Holmes, Democratic Party of Los Alamos Chair Robyn Schultz and Council candidate Brady Burke. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Henry Finney and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Retired teacher Andrea Detterman and friends. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Ed and Amy Birnbaum’s family at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the JFK Dinner at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill owner Patrick Mockler-Wood serves beverages at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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