The 2013 Annual Neighborhood Awards Reception, hosted by the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), Leon County and the City of Tallahassee, honored winning neighborhoods and neighbors on Monday at the Goodwood Museum & Gardens in the Carriage House Conference Center.
Seven winners from Leon County and the City of Tallahassee were named. Levy Park Neighborhood Association won for City of Tallahassee and Lafayette Oaks Homes Association won for Leon County in the Large Neighborhood of the Year category (more than 200 homes). All Saints District Community Association, Inc., won for City of Tallahassee and Callen Neighborhood Association won for Leon County in the Small Neighborhood of the Year category (200 or fewer homes). And, the winner of the Leon County Unincorporated Neighborhood of the Year (outside the city limits) was Avondale Homeowners Association. Winners of the Neighbor of the Year category were Neal Floyd of Lafayette Oaks Homes Association for Leon County and Tom Napier of Woodgate Neighborhood Association for the City of Tallahassee.
CONA awarded the Public Servant of the Year to Sergeant Art Shepherd with the Tallahassee Police Department. The CONA Business Neighbor of the Year was presented to the law firm Pennington P.A.
Annually, area neighborhoods that participate in CONA are encouraged to apply for the seven respective categories. Winning neighborhoods receive a sign to display at their entrance and bragging rights as a 2013 Neighborhood of the Year. This year’s winning neighborhoods and neighbors were announced by Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox and City of Tallahasssee Mayor John Marks.
“These neighborhoods really are the best of the best,” said CONA President Leroy Peck, who presided over the awards reception. “We look for neighborhoods that exemplify community engagement.”
Prior to the winners being named, each neighborhood representative made Monday evening’s occasion more festive by creating colorful centerpieces, which reflected their neighborhoods. Wildflowers bloomed from a basket at Callen Neighborhood Association’s table. Tall tree limbs majestically stood in vases surrounded by candles suspended in water from the table of SouthWood Residential Community Association. And picturesque scenes from throughout Lafayette Oaks Homes Association were hung from a blooming tree as another centerpiece.
Neighborhood representatives enjoyed such community engagement as participating in Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, schools, professional and charitable organizations. They also took part in community-wide garage sales, socials, soup kitchens and sponsored events for local firemen and law enforcement officers.
For more information on the Neighborhood of the Year Program, visit CONA online at www.econa.org / contact Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300 or City Neighborhood Services at (850) 891-3846.