In late January, 2022, the city launched a process to receive nominations for community Luminaries. The city received 39 eligible nominations prior to the nomination period ending on Friday, March 4, 2022.
Mayor Dyer appointed a Luminary Selection Panel, comprised of a diverse group of Parramore-Holden community leaders, stakeholders and advocates to review the nominations and assist in the selection process. The Luminary Selection Panel was comprised of the following nine representatives:
- Chair: Walter Hawkins, Director of Urban Development, City of Orlando
- Representative Geraldine Thompson, Florida House of Representatives
- Byron Brooks, County Administrator, Orange County Government
- Dr. Clara Walters, Jones High School Principal 1981-1990
- Ann Brown, President, Callahan Neighborhood Association
- Pamela Woodley, former resident/retired
- Kay Rawlins, President, Orlando City Foundation
- Reverend Dr. Robert M. Spooney, Pastor, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church
- Lauredan Official, Jr., former Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) Student
The Luminary Selection Panel independently reviewed and scored all nominations received based on a 25-point scoring matrix with points for the nominee’s involvement, commitment to and verified contributions to the Parramore Community.
To ensure an open and transparent process, the Luminary Selection Panel met to review and consider nominations at a public meeting on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 6 p.m.
The Luminary Selection Process and Luminary light features was approved using the city’s existing Memorials and Monuments Policy (Section 211.4) which is ultimately considered by City Council.