The Orlando Local News in conjunction with the Agents of Innovation podcast recently held a banquet to commend award winners selected for 2020's Best of Central Florida competition. Award winners were selected by both votes from the public and our Editorial Board's non-voting categories. The winners of the competition, along with photos from the University Club luncheon, may be found in the gallery below.



The publication established the Lifetime Achievement Award as a means to honor the legacy of Roger S. Swanson, founding Editor of The Local News, by highlighting the momentous lifetime achievements of two extraordinary men or women. Our 2020 honorees were presented awards on December 3rd, 2020.

Philanthropic Excellence

John Crossman

Excellence in Public Relations 

Michelle Heatherly

American Dreamer Award

Glen Gilzean

Educational Hero Award

Dayle Seneff

Woman of the Year

Mary Demetree

Arts Patron of the Year

Michael and Marilyn Mennello

Veterans Advocates of the Year

Harvey Massey, Massey Services, Inc.

Best In Political Advocacy

Jon Miller, Majority Strategies

Orlando's Finest Award

Omar Delgado, Eatonville Police Dept. (Retired)

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