The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes local leaders who are advocates and supporters of youth and their development. The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council hosts two annual events, the Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner in St. Petersburg in November and the Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon in downtown Tampa in March.  The Dinner is a ticketed event that supports local scouting.  The Luncheon asks guests to make a pledge in support of local scouting.

Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Where: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa 33602
Time: Registration: 11:30AM – Noon
Lunch: Noon – 1:30PM
RSVP: (813) 872-2691 ext. 109


The 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon will honor Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of the City of Tampa.

Bob Buckhorn is the 58th mayor of Tampa, the nation’s 53rd largest city and the 3rd largest in Florida, where he leads over 4,300 dedicated, hard-working, and forward-thinking civil servants.

On April 1, 2011 Bob Buckhorn was officially sworn into office and since then, he has led the city out of largest recession since the great depression. He has annually balanced the budget and has made strategic investments without raising property taxes.  Under his leadership the City of Tampa has seen twelve credit rating increases.

Buckhorn has made it a priority to focus on public safety, strong neighborhoods and economic growth while working diligently to improve the overall quality of life in our community.


Emmitt Smith, is our Keynote Speaker. A Pensacola native, he set NFL Records in rushing yards (18,355), rushing touchdowns (164) and rushing attempts (4,409) during his career that still stand today. Emmitt played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1990 – 2002 and then the Arizona Cardinals for 2003 – 2004. He is a three-time Superbowl champion and earned the Superbowl XXVIII MVP. Smith was elected into the NFL Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2010.

Since retiring from football, Smith has been a Studio Analyst with the NFL Network and ESPN. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars twice, winning in his first appearance in 2006.

In 2005, Smith became a real estate developer by teaming with another Cowboy legend, Roger Staubach, to form Smith/Cypress Partners LP, a real estate development enterprise specializing in transforming underutilized parcels in densely populated areas into commercially viable properties anchored by national retail giants, such as Mervyn’s, a California-based department store chain.

For more information or to make a pledge in support of Scouting, please contact Nina Wolfson, email or phone, (813) 872-2691 ext. 109.

Tampa Marriott Waterside Parking Options

  • Valet parking is $13 per day, with drop-off at the main entrance to the hotel. Due to high volume at the end of the program, it can take time to retrieve your vehicle from Valet parking for this event.
  • There is a public parking lot across the street from the main entrance to the hotel. Parking at the lot is $10, and only cash is accepted.

20th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: USF St. Petersburg
200 Sixth Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33701
Time: Reception: 6:00 PM
Award Presentation:  6:30 PM—Cocktails and Dinner to Follow
RSVP: by October 20 to (813) 872-2691 ext. 109  or click here to register and pay online


The 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award honorees were:

  • Raleigh “Lee” Greene, III
  • Raleigh “Billy” Greene, IV
  • Susan Mittermayr
  • Michael T. Reilly, MD PA

Stop by to see information about our 21st Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner