The Downtown Development Authority is seeking nominations for the Lyle DeYoung Award which will be presented at the October 28, 2021 Downtown Annual Dinner. The Lyle DeYoung award is to honor what Lyle DeYoung did and passed forward, “service to downtown and community”.  Nominate a business leader who demonstrates positive community commitment to Downtown Traverse City. Being a leader and advocate to shop small, shop local and support downtown has not been easy, but particularly over the last two years the struggles were compounded, making this award more important than ever in 2021.

Nominate a business leader to be considered for the 2021 Lyle DeYoung Award recipient by emailing, Jean Derenzy, at  All nominations will be confidential and the recipient honored on October 28.

 This award has been presented annually in Lyle’s honor since 1993.

Lyle began work as a stock boy at age 9 when his father purchased DeYoung’s in 1941.  He graduated with a business degree from Michigan State University and returned to Traverse City with his bride, Pat, in 1964 where they raised their family and built their business into a thriving downtown institution over the next several decades. 

Lyle was a strong advocate for a clean and friendly downtown and was a voice of encouragement to everyone downtown beginning in business.  This award was created to pay tribute to his memory and honor downtown leaders who demonstrate the same positive community commitment to our wonderful downtown.  Service to community and downtown was a big part of why we named this award in Lyle’s memory.