BRADENTON -- When Jaymie Carter saw the honor roll for the Leadership Manatee Alumni Association's top award, she was in awe.
Past recipients of the Kent C. Schulz Distinguished Alumni Award is a Who's Who of community leadership.
Rose Carlson, Amanda Horne, Tom Seguin, Bob Bartz, Betsy Benac and Darrell Turner lead off the list of notables.
"We're so fortunate to have those kind of leaders and people, who give back so much," Carter said.
On Wednesday, the 1988 Leadership Manatee graduate's name was joined to theirs.
Much to Carter's utter amazement.
"I was totally shocked," the 52-year-old said after Wednesday's luncheon at Renaissance on 9th. "It's an incredible honor."
The Kent C. Schulz Distinguished Leadership Award was dedicated 19 years ago for a man, now deceased, who epitomized community leadership.
He was always involved and never hesitated to lend
Just like Jaymie Carter.
"I can't say no," she said.
John Horne will vouch for it.
"You don't really go to her to ask for help because you know the answer is yes. You don't have to ask," the Manatee restaurateur said. "When you think of someone who's a community leader, Jaymie Carter is -- and she is deserving of this award."
The Akron, Ohio, native was a gracious yet reluctant recipient.
"When you get involved in the community, you do it because you care, to help get things going," she said. "It's very rewarding to see projects you started or helped with and see them still succeeding today and making things better."
Carter has volunteered untold hours over the years, serving on boards and committees and chairing fund-raising events for nonprofits:
n Women's Resource Center of Manatee
n Realize Bradenton
n South Florida Museum
n PACE Center for Girls
n Entre Nous Service Club
n Library Foundation of Manatee County
n Ringling Museum of Art
Jaymie and husband, Mike, also received the Manatee Community Foundation's 2009 Leadership Spirit Award.
Ashley Brown, the WRC executive director, introduced Carter Wednesday and knows the honoree well.
"Jaymie said she was uncomfortable with receiving the award, which is exactly why she's so deserving," she said. "Numerous organization have benefited from her hand in developing the community -- all of it done without the need for recognition or accolades. She does it because she loves it."
Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix