CLEARWATER — June Wallace knew it was coming and still was overwhelmed.
"I'm totally blown away with this and accept it with great humility," she said Friday morning after being named 2010 Citizen of the Year at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.
In presenting the award at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, outgoing board chairwoman Laurie Bunce of Centratel Services described Wallace as a lifelong community volunteer who is "exceptionally bright and extremely spirited and an amazing role model in her passion and selfless service."
Wallace said she hadn't planned to attend the chamber meeting because her husband is ill with cancer. So she had to be told in advance of the honor.
The 75-year-old Largo resident is active in half a dozen community organizations, including being facilitator of the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking.
Wallace moved here with her husband, Ron, in 1996 from Orlando, where she owned financial planning and tax practices. Ron Wallace worked 32 years for Sears and was recognized last year as Largo Police Department Volunteer of the Year.
Bunce said Wallace is a "woman in her golden years still making an effort to make life better for those around her through leading by example and truly living the life of helping others."
Other award winners
Silver Hammer Awards: The St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport's $20.9 million terminal renovation and the new $32 million Diagnostic Clinic complex were the winners. Airport director Noah Lagos accepted the award, which had an inscription "A Vibrant and Welcoming Gateway to Pinellas County." The tropical-themed interior includes a public art collection by more than 30 Florida artists.
The six-floor, 155,000-square-foot Diagnostic Clinic was developed by the Greenfield Group of Boca Raton as a joint venture with the clinic's owner physicians. The award was accepted by the clinic's president and CEO, Dr. Charles Campbell, and chief medical officer Dr. Jim Rivenbark.
Mac Norcross Small Business Leader of the Year: Dr. Bill Layman, owner of Straighten Up Orthodontics, works with the Give Kids a Smile program that enables Pinellas County children to undergo dental screenings. He also volunteers for the Pinellas Oral Disease Prevention Program.
Business Member of the Year: Bay Star Hotel Group, headed by president and CEO George Glover, was honored for its community involvement. Bay Star's two local hotels — Hampton Inn & Suites-Largo and Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Largo — have been represented as members of the chamber's trustee circle since they opened. The company has provided corporate resources and financial sponsorships for dozens of chamber events and programs.