“I’m really honored to be recognized here tonight,” said Mayer. “I’m a sweat equity kind of guy and will continue to make Brookhaven a better place to live. It’s what I do.”
Mayer, part community leader and part community activist, said he is best described as a doer who diligently champions causes in his community. Among his many contributions in the Brookhaven community, Ronnie and his wife Debbie host the annual Firehouse Thanksgiving for area First Responders and their families who are working on Thanksgiving Day – an event 12-years running.
He was nominated for the award by Mike Elliot, a Historic Brookhaven Resident.
There were 25 award honorees recognized Tuesday evening, a mix of individuals and organizations:
COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD: This award acknowledges an individual and non-profit organization whose work has had a positive impact in strengthening communities and improving the lives of others in DeKalb County.
- Alice White – Bussey County Line Ellenwood Community
- John Evans – DeKalb NAACP
- Marcia Glenn Hunter – DeKalb for Seniors, Inc.
- Ronnie Mayer – President, Ashford Park Civic Association
- Gilbert “Gil” Turman – South DeKalb Neighborhoods Coalition
- Verdaillia Turner – Georgia Federation of Teachers
- Honey Van De Kreke – Tucker City Council District-1, Post-1
- Be Someone, Inc. – Orrin Hudson
- Wesley Chapel Curb Appeal Task Force – Kevin Chapman, Jr.
- Asian American Resource Center – Connie Jee
ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AWARD: This award honors a community member and/or organization that works to preserve, protect, and raise awareness about our environment.
- Linda Cotten Taylor – Friends of Chapel Hill Park
- John Miller, II, P.E. – Co-Chairman, CIP Citizen Advisory Committee
- Tom Smith – Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve
YOUTH VOLUNTEER AWARD: This award will recognize two DeKalb County youth and/or an organization who exemplify volunteerism and community service.
- Justin LeGrand – Boy Scout Troop 106, Sponsored by Greenforest Community Baptist Church
- Marcus Jerome Johnson, Jr – Boy Scout Troop 1996 at Fairfield Baptist Church
- Gillum Owen – DeKalb County Youth Commission
NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT AWARD: This award recognizes an individual or organization that fosters civic engagement and promotes community involvement.
- Jan R. Costello – Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation
- Joel Edwards – Restore DeKalb
- Vivian Moore – NAACP Georgia Political Action Chair
- Charles Peagler – Community Activist
- Opal Ware, Ph.D – Community Activist
- Columbia Alliance Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (CASNI) – Eunice Wight
THE VANGUARD AWARD: This award recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions most exemplify the National County Government Month theme as established by National Association of Counties each year. This year’s theme is “Safe and Secure Counties”.
- Jacqueline Davis – DeKalb County Board of Health, Board Vice Chair
- Jacqueline M. Echols, Ph.D – South River Watershed Alliance
- Charles Maxwell – Lindmoor Woods Neighborhood Watch, Lindmoor Woods Civic Association
The award ceremony was emceed by WGCL reporter Sally Sears, and Paula Gwynn Grant from DeKalb County Television announced the award winners. The event was presented by The Champion Newspaper.