Valley Legacy Awards

The Valley Legacy Awards honors individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to
our community and serve as an inspiration to others.

Valley Legacy Awards Logo

In 2005, The Valley Legacy Awards were created to honor those who are devoted to improving the Mahoning Valley. Since then, the VLAs have honored more than 300 exceptional people and organizations with 60 receiving the VLA.

The Awards recognize three categories of legacies:

  • Outstanding Senior Award for Community Achievement
  • Outstanding Senior Award for Professional Excellence
  • Outstanding Senior Advocates

13th Annual VLAs

October 4, 2017 at 12:00pm

The Maronite Center
1555 S Meridian Road
Youngstown, Ohio 44511


2017 Valley Legacy Awards Recipients Announced

27 individuals were nominated as outstanding senior and senior advocates from Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties. 7 were awarded the VLA.

This year’s winners include:

 Outstanding Senior Award for Community Achievement

  • William Farragher –  Canfield
  • James F. Kerr – Lisbon
  • Carl A. Nunziato – Boardman
  • William Wilkins – Salem


Outstanding Senior Award for Professional Excellence

  • Ralph H. Smith – Warren


Outstanding Senior Advocate

  • Mark Cole – Austintown
  • Mark and Trish Ludwick- The Senior News


Cliff C. & Lillie W. Johnson Memorial Award for Time Service to the Community

  • Richard “Dick” Orwig- Presented to daughter Patti Bixler and son Tom Orwig, both of Howland

2017 VLAs Video

October 4, 2017
The Maronite Center

2016 VLAs Video

October 5, 2016
The Maronite Center

2015 VLAs Photo Gallery

October 7, 2015
The Maronite Center