Destination Gettysburg established this award as a way to both honor one of the tourism community’s greatest champions, as well as others in the community that represent the same leadership, dedication and contribution that Jim Getty displayed.
“Jim Getty will always be remembered in Gettysburg as the man that made the 16th President of the United States come alive,” said Norris Flowers, President and CEO of Destination Gettysburg. “He amazed everyone with his knowledge, presentation and likeness of President Abraham Lincoln. But Jim was also a great ambassador for the destination and encouraged everyone to visit this town he called home for 40 years.”
The inaugural award, issued six months after the passing of Getty, was given to White, who – like Jim Getty – has spent decades in the Adams County tourism community as an ambassador not only for her own business, but that of the entire destination.
White started her tourism career at just 8 years old at her parent’s amusement park in Gettysburg known as Fantasyland. The park has since closed, but her time there – serving a variety of roles – prepared her for her next stop in tourism, as owner of Gettysburg’s popular Dobbin House Tavern, a place she opened in 1978.
“I am so flattered to be honored with the first Jim Getty Award,” said White. “Just the name ‘Jim Getty’ is so iconic to our town. It’s just a fantastic opportunity to work in the tourism industry.”
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Getty got his start in the Adams County tourism community at Fantasyland, and later developed his own one-man stage show for visitors over the next four decades.
“Destination Gettysburg is extremely proud to honor Jackie White with this award,” said Flowers. “Not only is she well-deserving of the honor because of her dedication to the tourism community over the past 50 years, but her connection to Jim Getty, himself, is a great way to start this award.”
This annual award will be presented to an individual, who – like Jim – displays qualities of leadership, dedication, contribution to our tourism community as well as being a true champion for the tourism industry of Adams County, Pa.
Joanne Getty, Jim Getty’s wife, as well as his son, David Getty, were on-hand at Destination Gettysburg’s Annual Dinner to honor White with the inaugural award. The Annual Dinner on March 15 was held at Liberty Mountain Resort’s new Highland Lodge in Carroll Valley, Pa.
Destination Gettysburg, the official destination management organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact.
Photo caption: Jackie White, left, talks to Joanne Getty, widow of the late Jim Getty. Jackie White received Destination Gettysburg's inaugural "Jim Getty Spirit of Gettysburg Award" at its Annual Dinner on March 15, 2016.