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Central Florida’s Community Winners
Mayor Buddy Dyer and 300 Orlando residents came together to celebrate the accomplishments of various outstanding leaders and role models in Central Florida with the 9th Annual Neighborhood & Community Summit. The Orlando mayor presented the Rising Star Award, the Neighborhood Champion Award and the Community Builder Award to the deserving winners. This year Maya Tharoo, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s youngest volunteer at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies won the Rising Star Award at the age of nine. The Neighborhood Champion Award was presented to Churchill Thompson for her dedication and effort in improving her neighborhood. Dr. Ruth McKeefery took home the Community Builder Award as an acknowledgement of her volunteer work throughout Central Florida. Recognizing the efforts of community leaders is just one of the many ways that Central Florida ensures further positivity in our communities.

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