ORLANDO, FL—This past Saturday Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined close to 350 Orlando residents for the 14th Annual Neighborhood & Community Summit.
At the event, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer presented for the first time, the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award as well as the annual Neighborhood Champion Award and Community Builder Award. These awards are presented once a year by the Mayor to volunteers and organizations who excel in building better neighborhoods and strengthening the local community.
“It is important to honor and recognize the individuals and organizations that give tirelessly of their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” said Mayor Dyer. “These men and women embody what it means to be a good neighbor and make the Orlando community a better place for all of us.”
The Diversity and Inclusion Champion award was presented to the Interfaith Council of Central Florida (image). The mission of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida is to create a better, more peaceful, more harmonious community by encouraging and facilitating greater interest in, understanding of, respect for and cooperation among the region’s many faith traditions. Through education and interaction the council seeks to dismantle all barriers and believes that every human has innate value and deserves to be treated justly and with dignity and respect.
The Neighborhood Champion award was presented Genie Tuten from the Wadeview Park Neighborhood Association (image). For more than 12 years, Genie has served as either a board member or president of her association. Through that time she has hosted events, opened her home to her neighbors and kept her community connected by writing and publishing a monthly newsletter. Genie has also been instrumental in the creation of the Randall R. Tuten Orlando Fire Museum, volunteering her time, conducting tours and making an impact on the thousands of people who have toured the museum.
The Community Builder award was given to the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County (image) for their work serving local families and ensuring the future academic success for the children of this community. Since 2000, the Early Learning Coalition has worked to ensure all Orange County children enter school ready to learn and funds more than 27,000 children annually in 750 small child care provider businesses in Orange County, reaching 32,400 children in Orange County last year.
“I look forward to this event every year and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual Neighborhood and Community Summit,” said Mayor Dyer. “The Summit allows us the chance to update residents on the latest best practices and equip them with the resources they need to ensure Orlando remains the best city in America to live, work and play.”