Diana Cavagnaro, milliner, fashion writer, photographer, and instructor at San Diego Mesa College, was awarded the 2011 Lamplighter Lifetime Achievement Award by the Gaslamp Quarter Association.
The Lamplighter Awards recognize "merchants and individuals who are leaders in their community and have made a positive impact for the Gaslamp Quarter through exceptional service, high-quality products and enthusiastic concern for the historic district."
San Diego Councilman Kevin Faulconer presented the award at the Omni San Diego Hotel on November 7. Cavagnaro was recognized for her countless hours of dedication to improving the downtown area. She opened her business, Designer Millinery, twenty years ago in the Gaslamp. She has also served as Regional Director of the Fashion Group International, and is an instructor in the fashion department at San Diego Mesa College. She was also recognized for photographing and reporting fashion stories, for 13 years of conducting the annual Easter Parade & Hat Contest for children with cancer at UCSD.
"I had no idea... it was a complete surprise!,” said Cavagnaro of the award.
The Gaslamp Quarter's Lifetime Achievement Award, also known as the Armond Award, is named after Armond Viora who operated a key shop in the Gaslamp Quarter from 1927- 1995. The award is presented to a merchant, volunteer or property owner who has dedicated a significant portion of his/her career to making the Gaslamp Quarter a better place for everyone who lives, works or visits there. Armond was the first recipient of the award.