2018 First Citizen of Virginia Beach

2018 Honoree

Laura Wood Habr

Laura Habr is the local business co-owner and operator of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro (along with husband Kal Habr), and a pioneer in many Virginia Beach initiatives for local business. Her passion and dedication to Virginia Beach has not gone unnoticed. She has received awards other local awards, such as one from Hampton Roads Pride for Community Service in 2017 and also won the Alli Award Recognizing Croc’s 19th Street Bistro as a small business leader.

She is noted for being on numerous boards and committees including Old Beach Farmers Market (co-founder); ViBe Creative District (co-founder); Green Drinks Virginia Beach (founder); Green Resort Eco-Friendly Efficient Neighborhoods Committee; Virginia Beach Restaurant Association; Chair of the Green
Resort Ecofriendly Neighbors, Sub-Committee of the Resort Advisory Commission; Founding board
member, Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast; and the City of Virginia Beach Resort
Area Advisory Committee. In addition, she’s a partner supporter of Virginia Green, Virginia Aquarium
& Marine Science Museum, Sensible Seafood program, Buy Fresh Buy Local, Hampton Roads Pride, Virginia Arts Festival and many others.

The VB Jaycees are excited to honor Habr on April 22nd from 530-930pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art. More event information is found here.

Virginia Pilot Announcement

2018 First Citizen of Virginia Beach, Laura Wood Habr

First Citizen Award Past Recipients

1950 – James Kontopanos

1951 – E.B. Bayne

1952 – J. Peter Holland, Ill

1953 – Woody Seamans

1954 – Mrs. Gilmore Tilbrook

1955 – Dr. Robert Woodhouse

1956 – R. Lee Page

1957 – Sidney S. Kellam

1958 – Rhae W. Adams

1959 – Frank Tarrall, Jr.

1960 – Louise Brown Wilson

1961 – George D. Brooke

1962 – Claiborne Bryant

1963 – Richard Absalom

1964 – Hugh Lynn Cayce

1965 – Frank W. Cox

1966 – Dr. Waller Taylor

1967 – Mrs. Wallace Clark

1968 – Hunter C. Phelan

1969 – Ragan Bradshaw Pulley

1970 – Mrs. Philip Lee Russo

1971 – James P. Sadler

1972 – Algy W. Cohen

1973 – Mable Owen

1974 – John T. Banks, Jr.

1975 – Mary Ellen Cox

1976 – Robert M. Stanton

1977 – Charles Forbes

1978 – Judge Robert Wahab Jr.

1979 – Eileen Ayvazian

1980 – Walter Noona

1981 – Michael Savvides

1982 – Dr. Edward Brickell

1983 – Aaron A. Parsons

1984 – Alfred “Skip” Wilkins, Jr.

1985 – James N. Fletcher

1986 – B.H. “Pat” Bridges, Jr.

1987 – E.T. “Joe” Buchanan, Ill

1988 – Harold Heischober

1989 – Thomas A. Barton, Jr.

1990 – Andrew S. Fine

1991 – Rev. John H. Jordan, Jr.

1992 – Priscilla M. Beede

1993 – Heather lace

1994 – Michael J. Barrett

1995 – Elizabeth “Betty” Busciglio

1996 – Edward B. Snyder

1997 – Frank Drew

1998 – Michael Katsias

1999 – Dorothy Wood

2000 – Nancy A. Creech

2001 – Thomas C. Broyles

2002 – Owen B. Pickett

2003 – Harry T. Lester

2004 – Thomas R. Frantz

2005 – William D. Sessoms, Jr.

2006 – John F. Malbon

2007 – Linwood 0. Branch, Ill

2008 – Macon F. Brock

2009 – Helen Dragas

2010 – Pearl Smith

2011 – Charles Barker

2012 – Bruce Thompson

2013 – Ramon W. Breeden, Jr.

2014 – Aubrey Layne, Jr.

2015 – Fred Napolitano, Sr.

2016 – Daniel N. Ryan Sr.

2017 – J. Morgan Davis

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Check out the photo gallery from the 2017 Award reception held on June 18th, 2018 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront.