The Citizens Recognition Awards recognize Fort Lauderdale citizens whose efforts and achievements foster civic pride and responsibility, encourage public service, develop appreciation of the City's heritage, and significantly contribute to the development of this community. Since the program’s inception in 1972, Fort Lauderdale has recognized more than 100 outstanding citizens.
2015-2016 Citizens Recognition Awards Honorees
- 1972: The Citizens Recognition Program was initiated
- 1984: The Citizens Recognition Program was amended to include Citizen of the Year and Distinguished Citizen awards.
- 1989: The Honored Founder category was added to the program (effective 1990).
- 1997: The Exemplary Former City Employee category was added to the program.
Citizens Committee of Recognition
Each year, the Citizens Committee of Recognition, consisting of all former Mayors of Fort Lauderdale, as well as one former honoree and the President of the Fort Lauderdale Council of Civic Associations or his/her designee, reviews nominations and provide their recommendations for the four awards to the City Commission for approval. Members of the Citizens Committee of Recognition include:
Former Mayor Robert A. Dressler
Former Mayor James Naugle
Former Commissioner Gloria Katz
Eugenia "Genia" D. Ellis
Courtney Crush, Esq.
E. Birch Willey
Exemplary Former City Employee – Greg Brewton
The Exemplary Former City Employee award recognizes a former City employee who has served the citizens of
Fort Lauderdale for a significant number of years and whose service has made a significant impact on the development
and quality of life for the community. This person may be retired, deceased or separated from the City.
Read the Exemplary Former City Employee proclamation.
(Presented by Commissioner Dean J. Trantalis)
Citizen of the Year - Sharon Major-Hughes
The Citizen of the Year award is for that person who, in the opinion of the Committee and the City Commission, has made the greatest contribution to the community in the current year. The Citizen of the Year must be a Fort Lauderdale resident.
Read the Citizen of the Year proclamation.
(Presented by Vice Mayor Robert L. McKinzie)
Honored Founder – Stanford K. Smoker
The Honored Founder award is for a courageous citizen who prepared the way for future growth and
harmony in Fort Lauderdale.
Read the Honored Founder proclamation.
(Presented by Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts)
Distinguished Citizen – Donald Singer
The Distinguished Citizen award is given to that resident of the community who has contributed to the development of Fort Lauderdale over a number of years (i.e., a pioneer).
Read the Distinguished Citizen proclamation.
(Presented by Commissioner Romney Rogers)
Citizens Recognition Awards 2015
Updated on January 13, 2016 12:14 PM
The City of Fort Lauderdale Citizens Recognition Program was established in 1972 to give public recognition to citizens who contributed to the development of this community in significant ways. This album contains photos from the 2015 Citizens Recognition Awards event where the City honored four outstanding citizens: Sharon Major-Hughes, Citizen of the Year; Stanford K. Smoker, Honored Founder; Donald Singer, Distinguished Citizen, and Greg Brewton, Exemplary Former Employee.