Press Release: Chamber Of Commerce
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Leadership Tallahassee, the region’s premier leadership organization since 1983, announced the winners of its 19th Annual Distinguished Leadership Awards held last night at the University Center Club. This award ceremony recognized individuals who made contributions to the Tallahassee community through substantive achievements in the career and community arenas. Leadership Tallahassee is a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
“The Distinguished Leadership Awards ceremony was a tremendous success, with a sold out ballroom and much deserved recognition for the four award winners,” said Barbara Boone, Executive Vice President of Community Outreach Development for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. “Each of our recipients has made a substantial impact to bettering our community. We are thankful of their hard work and look forward to their continued success.”
The awards ceremony serves as Leadership Tallahassee’s major community fundraiser, with deserving leaders honored in each of the following four categories:
Lifetime Leadership Award: Honorable Alfred “Al” Lawson
Recognizes an individual who has made significant, tangible leadership contributions to the Tallahassee community for more than 25 years.
Leadership Pacesetter: Melanie Lee
This individual is blazing a trail for others to follow by engaging in community leadership activities – and achieving tangible results – as a newcomer to Tallahassee, at a relatively young age (under 50), or in a non-traditional field. Individuals with less than 10 years of community involvement would be eligible for this award.
Servant Leadership: Lawton Langford
This individual has demonstrated consistent community leadership and begun to achieve results beyond a single field of endeavor, combining efforts in business and non-profit organizations.
Leader of the Year: Vince Long
Awarded to an individual whose ideas, vision and hard work have achieved significant, tangible benefits to the community within the past year.
All proceeds benefit Youth Leadership Tallahassee, which is celebrating its 10th year of bringing together diverse groups of high-school juniors from local public and private schools who demonstrate leadership potential in formal and informal situations, and preparing them to become ethical leaders committed to active community involvement.