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Updated: 06/03/2012 08:02:10AM

Fun time at 2012 Citizen of the Year Award Gala

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Among the many items available at the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Awards Gala held May 4, was a subscription to the Lake Wales News or any of the other newspapers that make up the Heartland division of Sun Coast Media Group.

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Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Betty Wojcik and Lake Wales Medical Center CEO Scott Smith meet before the start of the night's actilvities. Smith was one of the presenters.

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Jean Kincaid Scott and Scott Smith engage in conversation at the Lake Wales Country Club, site of the May 4 Chamber of Commerce awards gala.

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Lake Wales Mayor Mike Carter and his wife, Josefina Mendoza smile as they make their way to their table.

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Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce President Mike Morrow and Executive Director Betty Wojcik review notes. Morrow served as emcee at the awards gala.

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Cathy Lamaster pours a drink at the cash bar for an attendee.

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Wanda Howard, youth advisor for the Lake Wales NAACP Youth Council and Polk County Schools vice chairwoman Lori Cunningham were among those attending the awards gala.

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Beverly Howell and Joyce Wiltshire appear to be enjoying themselves.

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Keaton Alexander listens as her grandfather, John Alexander talks to her. Keaton is the daughter of JD and Cindy M. Alexander.

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JD Alexander visits with another attendee (unseen).

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Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velasquez would later win a floral arrangement such as the one in the background at the awards gala.

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Lake Wales News publisher Jim Gouvellis listens to a point being made by City Manager Terry Leary.

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In charge of selling raffle tickets and collecting money are Chris Purdy and Sandra Wolf.

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If it's Lake Wales, then it's got to be Mimi Hardiman, splendid as always in her favorite color.

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Did Mike Morrow and Cindy M. Alexander know something the rest of the attendees did not? You betcha!

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Max Linton and Kim Betler, current and immediate past president of Mountain Lake Community Service, Inc., await the opportunity to ascend to the podium to recieve the organization's award for Community Service Organization of the Year.

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Jerry Miller closes his eyes in bemused surprise as he hears himself addressed as 2012 Citizen of the Year.

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Jerry Miller accepts a congratulatory handshake as he makes his way to the stage after being named 2012 Citizen of the Year.

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Cindy M. Alexander pins a boutonniere to the lapel of Jerry Miller's suit jacket. Alexander, the 2011 Citizen of the Year winner had the privilege to announce Miller as this year's recipient.

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Various family members gather round Jerry Miller. Their presence was a surprise to Miller, and when they entered the reception hall, Miller was overcome with tears of joy.

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Jean Kincaid Scott and John Alexander (second and third from left) look on as Betty Wojcik pins a corsage to Jerry Miller.

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Attorney Howard Kay (left) "holds court" with Max Linton (right)as JD Alexander looks and listens on.

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An estimated turnout of 150 people attended the May 4 Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce 54th Annual Citizen of the Year Awards Gala, held at the Lake Wales Country Club.

The slate of events in addition to the awards presentation included a raffle and silent auction. Winners of the raffle were John R. Alexander, who won first prize, a choice of vacations donated by Sorensen and Schade Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

Second prize, a $200 gift certificate to Chalet Suzanne, which also included a bottle of wine, donated by Citrosuco went to Rob Quam.

The Kentucky Derby basket third prize was won by Amy Starks. It was donated by the Woman’s Club of Lake Wales.

The silent auction included 31 prizes. The painting given JD Alexander was created by Lake Wales area artist Cathy Futral. She is a professor of art education at South Florida Community College in Avon Park. The auction raised $3,995 and the raffle raised $665, for a total of $4,660. In all, a total of $11,700.


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