Labware’s Kershner to be honored at Boy Scout fund-raiser


The Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America, will honor  Vance Kershner, CEO of Labware, Inc., as the recipient of the 2021 Citizen of the Year Award, the BSA’s highest community honor.

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Kershner will be honored in a celebration at Oberod Estate near Wilmington.

It will be the first-ever Citizen of the Year event outdoors! The event will feature an evening of foods prepared by Chef Tom Hannum, live music in a clear tent.

The fund-raising side of the event will have an auction featuring a six-night African safari for 8 in the 15,000 acre Madikwe game reserve, South Africa!

Kershner will be presented the Citizen of the Year Award to recognize his community leadership and service as a role model for youth. In its 17th year, this awards ceremony has honored many community leaders, including Dr. Janice Nevin, Chip Rossi, Paul McConnell, Gary Stockbridge, Rob Buccini, Brian DiSabatino, and Alan Levin Fred Sears, Connie Bond Stuart, others.

Kershner graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and went to work with DuPont. He worked for DuPont for 13  years and then left to form his own company, LabWare.

Wilmington-based LabWare develops and implements laboratory information management software for automating laboratory operations.LabWare is a global company with over 500 employees, offices in 15 countries, employees in over 40 countries, and customers in about 130 countries.

Some of Kershner’s other projects include restoring the Oberod Estate, operating a 15,000-acre game farm in South Africa, and is a partner in Scrub Island – the largest resort project undertaken in the British Virgin Islands. He also owns Buckley’s Tavern and Goober’s Diner. 

Funds raised by this event support a variety of Scouting programs, including workforce development, programs for low-income youth, STEM and conservation programs, and much more. All funds raised by this event will help to further the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.  Further information is available at


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