Awards & Fundraising
The Historical Society of Central Florida supports the Orange County Regional History Center’s exhibitions and programming through various fundraising events each year..
15th Annual John Young History Maker Celebration
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7 p.m. (online)
Since our inaugural ceremony with astronaut John Young himself in 2005, the Historical Society of Central Florida has recognized the outstanding achievements of select community members by annually bestowing the John Young History Maker Award upon a Central Floridian whose lifetime of achievement has made a historic impact on the community.
The award’s namesake, Captain Young, was the ninth person to walk on the moon as commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972.
In 2021, the Historical Society will present the John Young History Maker Award to Mabel Butler, the first African American woman to serve on Orlando’s City Council.
The society’s posthumous John Young History Maker Past Award will be presented to Joel Strack, a trailblazer in the LGBTQ community in Orlando. The celebration will also feature the presentation of the John Young History Maker Future Scholarship.
Proceeds from this signature fund-raising event offer vital support for the Orange County Regional History Center’s education programs, exhibits, and efforts to preserve local history.
Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.
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Previous John Young History Maker Honorees
- Captain John Young, 2005
- Colonel Joe Kittinger, 2006
- Toni Jennings, 2007
- Charles Gray, 2008
- Charles Millican, 2010
- John Hillenmeyer, 2011
- Ann Sonntag, 2012
- Rita Bornstein, 2013
- Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., 2014
- Dr. John Hitt, 2015
- Pat Williams, 2017
- E. Ann McGee, 2018
- Ford Kiene, 2019
- Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, 2020
Donald A. Cheney Award
The Donald A. Cheney Award was established by the Historical Society of Central Florida to recognize and pay tribute to individuals in the Central Florida community who embody unfailing dedication to the area’s history.
The award is named for Judge Donald A. Cheney, a devoted student and promoter of local history, as well as the founder of the Orange County Historical Society and the Orange County Historical Museum, the forerunners of the current Historical Society and History Center.
- Jean Yothers (1992)
- Orville R. Davis (1993)
- Andrew Serros (1994)
- Dann Pottinger (2002)
- Grace Chewning (2003)
- Russell V. Hughes (2005)
- Robert G. “Bob” Neel (2006)
- Jerry Chicone Jr. (2007)
- Andrew Serros (2009)
- Betty Pfeiffer (2010)
- William Milligan (2011)
- Robert N. Serros, M.D. (2012)
- Joy Wallace Dickinson (2013)
- Sara Van Arsdel (2014)
- The Rev. Canon Nelson W. Pinder (2015)
- Don Price (2016)
- Joseph Wittenstein (2017)
- James W. “Chief” Wilson (2018)
- Fairolyn H. Livingston (2019)
- Francina Boykin (2020)