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“Hot Dog” Frank Aftosmes Statue Refurbished
04.28.14 |
The refurbished "Hot Dog" Frank statue
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Since being dedicated on Oct. 18, 1997 in Lebanon Valley College’s Peace Garden, the life-size 5-foot, 5-inch statue of “Hot Dog” Frank Aftosmes (1902–1994), has stood the passing of time remarkably well. However, the bronze statue, created by sculptor Ronald E. Sykes and weighing a little more than 200 pounds (not life-size!), was beginning to show signs of wear. Thus, the College completely refurbished the statue.

The statue was returned to the foundry where it was originally created, the New Arts Foundry in Baltimore, Md. “Hot Dog” Frank received a comprehensive cleaning. All accumulated stains were removed and he was given a new, bronze patina, or finishing coat. The statue now looks as new as the day it was first dedicated. Valley Ambassadors can renew the College admission tour tradition of having prospective students capture a photo beside the legendary Annville restaurant owner.

“Hot Dog” Frank was an Annville businessman and devoted supporter of LVC students and student-athletes. In his honor, the College established the “Hot Dog” Frank Athletic Service Award in 1985. Since its establishment, 26 individuals have been honored for their dedication and loyalty to the LVC athletics family and their exemplification of the ideals put forth by Aftosmes. The award is given annually at the halftime of a men’s basketball game, presented jointly by members of the Aftosmes family and LVC, with the tradition of free hot dogs for all fans after the game.

A plaque displayed next to “Hot Dog” Frank’s statue reads:

Frank Aftosmes opened his hot dog shop in Annville in 1928. Throughout his life in the community of Annville, “Hot Dog” Frank became a counselor, resource, friend, and #1 fan for generations of Lebanon Valley College students.

Grateful friends established this memorial on Oct. 18, 1997

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