The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, recently highlighted its the holiday season with local friends at its annual town party.

Head of School Susan G. Graham, Gunnery administrators and faculty members welcomed residents for an evening of celebration, acknowledgements and holiday cheer at the mid-November event.

The evening's highlights included the honoring of a town institution, Steep Rock Association, and a tribute to Washingtonian Kirsten Peckerman, whose philanthropy and community service has benefitted both institutions.

Ms. Peckerman was the recipient of 2011 Friend of The Green Award in recognition of her contributions to the Gunnery and the Steep Rock Association.

She serves on the Board of Trustees for both organizations as well as The Gunn Memorial Library and Museum, The Washington Garden Club, and The Weantinogue Heritage Land Trust.

Mrs. Graham and Edmund White, president of Steep Rock Association's Board of Trustees and a former Gunnery parent, collaborated to honor Ms. Peckerman whom Mrs. Graham described as "a dear friend, a trusted colleague, and a kindred spirit."

"I was absolutely surprised," said Ms. Peckerman. "The Gunnery and Steep Rock are very important to the lifeblood of the town of Washington. The Gunnery has been in existence since 1850 and has left a mark on the town of Washington. Steep Rock has kept the character of Washington what it was so many years ago."

Recently, The Gunnery established a town party tradition of celebrating distinguished neighbors.

Previous honorees include the town of Washington, the Washington Club and Gunn Memorial Library and Museum.

"This year, we have chosen to honor Steep Rock Association and its historic relationship with The Gunnery," said Mrs. Graham.

"I have been impressed throughout my 21 years here in Washington by the Steep Rock board's dedication to and preservation of this precious land in its nearly natural state," she said. "And I remain ever grateful that Gunnery faculty and students have always been welcomed."