Jay Knapp of Sun City Vistoso is being recognized as the Oro Valley Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year.

Knapp, the retired real estate broker who performs magic tricks for hospitalized, critically ill children, is being honored at a gala on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Oro Valley Country Club.

Keynote speaker for the inaugural event is Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H, FACS, the 17th surgeon general of the United States. Tom McNamara of KVOA News 4 will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Oro Valley Rotary Club initiated the award to honor a person who exemplifies the Rotary International motto, "Service Above Self," a release said.

For 12 years, Jay Knapp has driven every week to the Tucson Medical Center to do his magic for critically ill children in the pediatric intensive care unit. "He has brought smiles to numerous children and has gained personal satisfaction from the experience," the release said.

A portion of the proceeds from the award gala will go to the charity of choice of the honoree. Jay has designated the pediatric intensive care unit as his recipient. The remainder of the proceeds support the charitable activities of the Oro Valley Rotary Foundation, to include college scholarships, books to the Oro Valley Library, dictionaries to younger students throughout Oro Valley, and aid to the Catalina Community Services food bank.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 818-3068  or 544-5987.

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