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Members of Draper Media Family & Dogfish Inducted into Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame

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WILMINGTON, Del.- WBOC's longtime owner, the late Tom Draper, and his daughter and son-in-law, Dogfish Head Brewery Founders Mariah & Sam Calagione were among the people inducted into the Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Junior Achievement of Delaware administers the awards to business and industry leaders who have made a positive impact on the state's workforce and economic development. Former PNC Bank, Delaware President & CEO Calvert Morgan Jr. was also inducted Wednesday evening for his achievements and contributions throughout the state.

"Really when you combine the Cal Morgan and the banking and broadcasting with Tom Draper and Sam and Mariah, there is this really beautiful mixture of the traditional and the very entrepreneurial," explains Junior Achievement of Delaware President Rob Eppes. 

All the honorees expressed gratitude for the award, which has been around since 1990.

"Knowing who has been inducted into this Hall of Fame ahead of us is pretty awe inspiring," Mariah Calagione says. "So to be in that company is really humbling and wonderful."

Eppes says Draper was set to be inducted in 2022, but after being killed in a 2017 bicycle accident, Junior Achievement moved up the honor to coincide with Mr. Draper's daughter and son-in-law's.

"It’s a special day. I wish he was here," says son Hank Draper, who accepted the posthumous award for his father. "He’s being recognized which is a great honor, but to see his daughter and his son-in-law who he helped in the very beginnings and just watched them grow and expand, he would be extremely proud and happy to see them in this position along side of him, in equal capacity."

While the Hall of Fame is a statewide honor, it had very local ties this year: Morgan, Tom Draper, and Mariah Calagione all hail from Milford, and Morgan knew Tom Draper well during his adult life.

"I think by now we can probably count Sam as a Sussex Countian. Not a Milfordian but Sussex County," Morgan tells WRDE with a smile. Morgan previously worked with the Junior Achievement of Delaware. 

"At the time I never dreamed that I might be an inductee in this Hall of Fame," he recalls. "I'm just so honored an humbled by the fact that the award did come my way."

Junior Achievement's mission and values of inspiring and helping young people succeed in future business were echoed by the honorees.

"We were young sort of aspiring achievers-- junior aspiring achievers--when we started Dogfish Head over 25 years ago," says Sam Calagione. "Just through hard work and luck and a lot of really talented people who joined our company we were able to grow it into something that’s recognized inside and outside of our state."

For more on Junior Achievement, click here. 


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