The Virginia Beach Jaycees 2016 First Citizen Honoree is Daniel N. Ryan, Sr.

2016 Awards Gala will be held on May 4, 2017 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Please click here for more event details and registration information.

Each year since 1950, the Virginia Beach Jaycees have been recognizing citizens over 40 who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare of the city with its “First Citizen” Award. This annual award is presented to an exceptional individual who best embodies the United States Jaycee Creed:

That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; That Government should be of laws rather than of men; That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality; And that service to humanity is the best work of life!

An independent panel chooses the recipient from nominees put forth by community leaders. The men and women selected over the past years have represented the best of their time and exemplify the spirit of citizenship by willingly giving his or her time to make Virginia Beach a better place to live.

Every year, the winning nominee is honored with the First Citizen Award at the First Citizen Gala and presented with the First Citizen Medal. The First Citizen’s portrait is displayed outside the Mayor’s office and City Council’s chambers at City Hall.  The First Citizen is also recognized in the Neptune Festival Grand Parade. Profit from the First Citizen dinner is donated to the VB Jaycees Charities and utilized in charitable projects that benefit the local community.

The last day for submissions was February 3, 2017

If you have any questions about the selection process or would like to submit a nominee, please email Cassandra McClellan at


  • Click here for a recap of the 2015 First Citizen Winner and check out the photo gallery
  • Click here for a recap of the 2014 First Citizen Winner and check out the photo gallery