2020 Avon Lake Citizens of the Year and Project of the Year Announced

The Avon Lake Community Council is excited to announce the 2020 Avon Lake Citizen of the Year – Tony Tomanek - as well as Project of the Year – The Avon Lake Bicentennial Committee. It was a challenging, but unanimous decision for this year’s individuals and projects that have had significant involvement in and dedication to the community of Avon Lake.

The 2020 Citizens of the Year went to Tony Tomanek of Avon Lake. "Tony is a man of great generosity with his time for others and various projects/organizations in Avon Lake", stated Community Council President Marty O 'Donnell. He is known as Mr. Avon Lake for his ongoing commitment to make life better for families in Avon Lake and his love for the community."

"He has entertained us all during the COVID by way of his Facebook page, You Know You’re from Avon Lake when we all need a boost of joy and togetherness" stated O'Donnell. “The voting organizations (that make up the Community Council) all agreed the recognition of all of his work and dedication was well-deserved.”

The winner of this year’s 2020 Project of the Year goes to The Avon Lake Bicentennial Committee. “"These individuals made a year-long commitment to coordinate entertainment events during the celebrated year. Their work will go down in Avon Lake history for future generations, as these events are chronicled" stated O’Donnell.

"The Bicentennial Committees collaborated to provide entertainment to families and joy to children along with working with other Avon Lake organizations to make this a special one-time event" O'Donnell said.

Lastly, the Community Council will also recognized Dr. Rudolph Breglia for a special achievement award for his work in having seat belts on school buses. “He has been an example of pure determination to keep kids safe and we are very proud of his efforts and results," O'Donnell said.

The Citizen of the Year, Project of the Year, and special recognition will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm in the Lake House. To R.S.V.P., contact Marty O'Donnell at 440-933-7310. 

For additional questions about these nominations or questions about the Avon Lake Community Council, please contact Martin O’Donnell at or 440-933-7310. The Avon Lake Community Council is made up of 24 community organizations that work together to help to share resources, ideas, and awareness for the good of all the groups.