“I am truly honored and humbled to receive the Seminole County 2022 Citizen of the Year award presented by the Donalsonville/Seminole County Chamber of Commerce. I am reminded that an individual does not attain extra-ordinary achievements without the extraordinary efforts from those who partner with the visionary. I accept this recognition on behalf of all those, past and present, who locked arms with me to positively impact the lives of students, veterans, and the good people of our community and surrounding region. The vision is to make Donalsonville and Seminole County a model city/county for the citizens and to give God all the Glory”
– Tony Buczek
One of themes for last Thursday’s Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce annual membership meeting held at the Seminole County Middle-High School cafeteria was all about working together to make today just a little better than yesterday.
That theme was echoed by the selfless actions of this year’s Citizen of the Year recipient, Tony Buczek. He was cited for his efforts to go above and beyond the call of duty of his job description, giving extra time and energy and helping to make the lives of all Seminole County citizens just a little bit better.
Working annually to teach and direct our young citizens to dream, to believe in themselves and to become the best person they can possibly be, his efforts have consistently provided a clear and positive impact on the future leaders of Seminole County and beyond.
Directing musical and theatrical performances for the Seminole County School system, the annual Seminole County Warpath on Cancer Tree of Hope event, and the annual Veterans Day celebration, Buczek has worked tirelessly to help to provide the area’s youth with the platform needed for them to realize that every person has a voice, a special hidden talent, and should always be unapologetically themselves.
The evening began with some social networking time while listening to jazz music. Dinner was catered by Jackie’s Kitchen and was very good! During the meal, the High School Legacy Choir provided live entertainment. They performed some songs from the production of Beauty and the Beast that begins this week at the Seminole Co. Elementary School Auditorium.
“The kids were amazing! There’s so much talent in Seminole County! Thanks to the kids and their director, Maribeth Burke,” commented Chamber President Sarah Avery.
Following the performance, Avery recognized the outgoing and incoming Board of Directors. Awards were presented to Spencer Stewart (outgoing chairman) and Fred Rudbeck (president’s award). The Seminole County Chapter of Young Farmers presented Brad and Amy Thompson with the 2022 Farm Family of the Year award, and David Maxwell presented the Citizen of the Year Award to Tony Buzcek.
Last, the Chamber of Commerce drew the winning ticket for the huge gift basket raffle. A special thanks to those local merchants that contributed items to fill it. The very excited and happy winner was Vicky Goodwin.