The graduation of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Fund’s class of 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Portsmouth Partnership affiliate’s 12-week leadership program. To mark the occasion, Lefcoe trustees invited all alumni plus the speakers and presenters who have made the program possible to an April 13 gathering at Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, where TowneBank Chairman and CEO Bob Aston addressed the group.

Since its launch in 1997, the program has seen 480 individuals of all ages and all walks of life pass through its doors, each gaining a taste for volunteer service and a greater understanding of how a healthy city operates. The program’s larger lesson – the value of relationships – was brought home once again as attendees caught up with old friends and made new ones.

The Portsmouth Partnership’s board members and the Lefcoe trustees look forward to welcoming the class of 2017 in January – and to the Lefcoe program’s next 20 years!