Bay St. Louis, Miss. April 14, 2023 – The Hancock County Community Development Foundation (HCCDF) will honor the late Tony Trapani, a beloved member of the Bay St. Louis community and fixture on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Culinary scene, by announcing that a Heritage Memorial Star will be established in his memory. The announcement event will take place on his birthday, April 19th, at 5:30 p.m. at Trapani’s Eatery, located at 116 N Beach Blvd, Bay St. Louis.
Trapani was a respected member of the community. He was the co-owner and chef at Trapani’s Eatery since 1994. He was known for his commitment to the Bay, his determination to keep the restaurant going against all the odds faced over the years, and his unwavering love for his family – especially his children, Grace and Joseph. The Heritage Memorial Star will serve as a fitting tribute to his legacy and his contributions to the community.
A dedication ceremony will take place later when the star is installed in front of Trapani’s Eatery at a time to be announced later.
“We are honored to announce that the Foundation will establish a Heritage Memorial Star in memory of Tony Trapani,” said Wendy McDonald, President of the Hancock County Community Development Foundation Board. “Tony was a beloved member of our community, and his contributions to the Bay will never be forgotten. This memorial will serve as a lasting tribute to his legacy and his dedication to making the Bay a better place.”
The public is invited to attend the announcement event on the 2nd floor of Trapani’s Eatery. For more information about the Bay St. Louis Heritage Star program, please contact the Hancock County Community Development Foundation at (228) 467-9048 or visit their website at http://hancockchamber.org/foundation.
The Hancock Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization made up of businesses throughout the Mississippi Coast to promote the social, civic, and economic well-being of Hancock County. The Hancock County Community Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves as a funding conduit for projects with a board community focus to support job creation, small business growth and workforce development.