A number of residents and community groups were honored for their contributions to their community during Monday's State of the City Address, when the 2011 Community Awards were announced.

A number of residents and community groups were honored for their contributions to their community during Monday's State of the City Address, when the 2011 Community Awards were announced.

The awards are presented annually to individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Upper Arlington. Awards were presented in the categories of business of the year, community enrichment, community safety, super senior, and youth.

"Congratulations to all our community award winners," Mayor Frank Ciotola said during the ceremony. "Every winner and every nominee can be very proud of your achievements and what you do for our community. You're all prime examples of what makes Upper Arlington the great community that it is."

Receiving the 2011 award for community enrichment was former city manager Virginia Barney. Also nominated for the award were the Leadership UA class of 2011 and the Upper Arlington Public Library's Adventure UA program.

"Ginny's record of volunteerism, leadership and public service in support of the community of Upper Arlington is undeniable," council member Don Leach said in presenting the award. "From fire division volunteer to city council member and mayor, and most recently as city manager for more than a decade, Ginny has helped shape the fabric of Upper Arlington."

The business of the year award for 2011 was given to City Barbeque.

"City BBQ has been constant in its involvement in city activities," the business's nomination states. "They are extremely philanthropic, with frequent donations of meals to nonprofits within UA."

The community safety award went to the UA police division's self-defense programs, which are operated by officers Greg Ellifritz, Don Stanko, Scott Metcalf and reserve officer Bryan McKean. Also nominated for the award were the library's Adventure UA program and the Upper Arlington Medical Advisory Board.

This year's youth award was presented to the Leadership UA youth class of 2011. This year's class organized two fundraisers, a bake sale and car wash, and donated $2,096 to the American Red Cross for its tsunami relief efforts, according to the class's nomination letter. The class also collected more than 1,000 books for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The 2011 super senior award was given to resident Georgia Bruce.

"(Bruce) is an involved individual who enthusiastically participates in a variety of activities," councilman Mike Schadek said during the presentation. "She is an active volunteer at the UA senior center as well as in the rest of the community. Georgia donates her time and energy weekly at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, helping to manage, evaluate and sort the numerous donations made to the shop's inventory."

Bruce has also served as president of the Senior Advisory Council, and is a member of its board of trustees.