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Last updated on April 05, 2022
City of Orlando Brings Together Neighborhood and Community Leaders at 17th Annual Neighborhood & Community Summit
April 5, 2022 – ORLANDO, FL - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosted the City of Orlando’s 17th Annual Neighborhood & Community Summit on Saturday, April 2, 2022. The one-day training event brought together close to 350 residents, community leaders, city staff and elected officials looking to connect and learn, and grow strong, vibrant communities and organizations.
The event also honored volunteers and organizations who excel in building better neighborhoods and strengthening the community. Mayor Dyer presented the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award, the Neighborhood Champion Award and the Community Builder Award to the 2022 Neighborhood & Community Summit honorees.
“It is important to honor and recognize the individuals and organizations that give their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am thankful we could recognize some of those who exemplify what it means to be a good neighbor and work to help build a stronger, more compassionate city for all.”
The Diversity and Inclusion Champion award was presented to the Orlando Center for Justice, which offers legal services to those who may not qualify for traditional legal aid, but also don't have enough to pay for a private attorney.
The Neighborhood Champion award was presented to David Martens from the Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood. Martens has been a long time resident and president of the Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the association, community garden and its homes tour.
The Community Builder award was given to the Central Florida Foundation which manages and distributes philanthropic dollars on behalf of individuals, families, and nonprofits to the Central Florida community.
“Collaboration and partnership are our community’s greatest strength, and this annual event is just one example of the many resources and programs we offer to foster relationship building,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am proud of what we are all doing to make our neighborhoods and our community a place where every resident feels equally valued, equally protected and has a fair and real opportunity to thrive.”
For more event information, please visit Orlando.gov/summit.
Photos of the award winners and event, click here.
Samantha HolstenPublic Information Officer