2010 Central Floridian of the Year: Runners-up

Here are five Central Floridian of the Year finalists who also made a difference.

Adonal Foyle: He retired from basketball in 2010, but the former Orlando Magic center continues to stand tall in the community. Foyle sets an off-court example for young people through his advocacy of campaign-finance reform through Democracy Matters and his Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which uses basketball as a way to teach kids in his native Caribbean and elsewhere the value of education and good health.

Foyle's use of his time, talent and gifts is an example to young people and other professional athletes.

Harriett Lake: The name is legendary in local arts and philanthropy circles. And for good reason. Over the years, Lake and her husband, Hymen Lake, have contributed tens of millions to a wide array of recipients — far more than could be listed in this space. Known for her sense of style, Lake is a Central Florida treasure who's been selfless in sharing her personal treasure with causes she that she feels passionate about. Sadly, Hymen Lake died last month. But Harriett Lake remains with us, and the region is all the richer for it.

Deirdre Macnab: Her devotion to a fundamental idea — fairness — helped change Florida's political landscape in 2010. As president of Florida's League of Women Voters, Macnab was one of the key backers of Fair Districts, the twin state constitutional amendments designed to stop politicians from manipulating state and federal voting districts to their own advantage. Lawmakers didn't like the amendments, but voters did, approving both of them in November. It was a win for representative democracy, thanks largely to people like Macnab.

Muhammad Musri: When a publicity-hungry Gainesville pastor threatened to set fire to the Quran last fall, political and military leaders worried that it could spark violence and endanger Americans throughout the Muslim world. It took guts for Musri, head of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, to meet with pistol-packing Pastor Terry Jones and his armed followers. After the meeting, Jones announced he would not go through with the book burning. Musri has long been active locally in building bridges with other faiths, but his act of bravery may well have saved lives.

Harris Rosen: He's best known as a tough and successful businessman, but there's no questioning the hotelier's devotion to philanthropy. He's put millions toward education programs to help residents of the low-income Tangelo Park neighborhood, where some of his hotel workers live. After an earthquake devastated Haiti last January, Rosen launched a program to build quake- and hurricane-resistant housing there. Rosen's charitable work in the region and beyond deserves recognition, and the community's thanks.

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