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.