Arts entrepreneur Tim Potocic and high school student Frank Battaglia were both honoured at the Hamilton Community Awards on Monday night.
During the gala dinner held at Michelangelo's Banquet Centre, Tim Potocic received the RBC Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award for his continued leadership within the arts community.
The native Hamiltonian was recognized for his commitment "to the success of Hamilton's cultural community".
Potocic is the co-founder of Sonic Unyon Records and festival director of the annual SuperCrawl arts and music festival, which brought 75,000 people into the downtown core last year.
"Tim is a downtown business owner who, at his own risk and on his own time, created SuperCrawl, which in four years has become the largest arts and music festival in the city," said David Adames, president and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, Potocic works with the boards of the Hamilton Downtown BIA, CoBALT Connects, Arts Advisory Commission funding, Task Force of the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Arts Council.
Hamilton high school student Frank Battaglia received the Hamilton Spectator Youth Volunteer of the Year Award during the gala event. Battaglia beat out nine other nominees because of the "breadth of his involvement" in issues related to social justice both at home and abroad, Adames said.
Along with other students at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, the teen went to the Dominican Republic to help build a home for a local family. The jury was particularly impressed that Battaglia continued to support impoverished families in the Dominican after the school cancelled the building program.
Lincoln Alexander was awarded the Special Honourary Hamilton Distinguished Citizen of the Year posthumously during the evening's festivities.