The "Spirit of Ianelli" Award was established in 2010 in honor of the late Mayor John Ianelli, former Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh and co-founder of the Mayor’s Cup Regatta in 1977. This honor is bestowed upon an individual – sailor or landlubber – who exemplifies the same “community does matter” spirit that inspired Mayor Ianelli 38 years ago, empowering our lake community to thrive, not only on race day, but every day.
In 2016, the Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival Committee named Gordie Little the 2016 "Spirit of Ianelli" Award honoree. Sunrise Rotary’s Mayor’s Cup Co-Chair Joanne K. Dahlen said that selecting Gordie Little as this year’s honoree was an easy decision to make. “We only wish we had the opportunity to present Gordie the award in person and not posthumously,” said Joanne.

To be considered, please forward your nomination no later than Friday, June 23rd to . Include your name and phone number, as well as, your nominee’s name, address, and phone number, and provide specific examples that illustrate their community spirit and dedication to our great lake.

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