ORLANDO – On Saturday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer hosted the City of Orlando’s 18th Annual Neighborhood & Community Summit. This one-day of interactive networking and workshop sessions connected more than 350 residents and community leaders to encourage a stronger, more vibrant community.
The event also honored volunteers and community organizations who excel in building better neighborhoods and strengthening the city. To recognize these efforts, Mayor Dyer presented a myriad of awards to the 2023 Neighborhood & Community Summit honorees.
“It is important to honor 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 26Health, which offers comprehensive, quality healthcare for everyone regardless of ability to pay, with an emphasis on helping those in LGBTQ+ communities.
- The Neighborhood Champion award was presented to Margaret Hill from the Rock Lake Neighborhood Association. Hill has been president of the Rock Lake Neighborhood Association and has worked alongside city departments to host annual National Night Out events and encourage getting involved in city sustainability programs, including Green Up and Keep Orlando Beautiful.
- The Community Builder award was presented to Community Coordinated Care for Children (4C), which supports families with young children by providing access to affordable, quality care and critical services from growth and development to education and training.
“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.