PAWTUCKET – With uncertainty still in the air about what the state may look like come November, the Pawtucket Hall of Fame Committee on Friday announced that the upcoming 2020 Hall of Fame Awards Banquet would be canceled until next year.

While the committee expressed a level of disappointment over not hosting the event this year, during which notable honorees and inductees are celebrated for their achievements and overall positive impact on the City of Pawtucket, several factors came into play which influenced the committee’s decision and ultimate vote to postpone the banquet.

Annually held at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center on Exchange Street, the gala typically attracts a diverse crowd of upwards of 300 guests, often with attendees traveling from well beyond the city’s and state’s borders.

“Consideration was given to the overall safety issues, as well as the state’s new COVID-19 restrictions placed on group gatherings,” officials said in a press release announcing the event’s cancellation. “This Committee believed it was best to wait a year to maintain a quality event that Pawtucket would be proud of.”

The banquet was scheduled for Nov. 6, 2020, but it will be canceled until 2021. All nominations currently received will be considered for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

Each year, the Pawtucket Hall of Fame Committee advertises a public call for nominees for induction into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame. Nominees do not need to be native born to Pawtucket, but must have had some significant impact on the city as a whole. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is given to those selected nominees who have gone above and beyond in their community service activities or whose contributions have served as a vehicle, by bringing positive local, state, or national impact upon the city, officials said on Friday.

The Pawtucket Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pawtucket as a City. The purpose of the Pawtucket Hall of Fame is to honor the contributions of those individuals whose efforts have added to the heritage of the City of Pawtucket.

Jonathan Bissonnette on Twitter @J_Bissonnette

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