2015 Golden Acorn Award Winner - Max Zahn

If you are new to Deercreek or unaware of the background of the Golden Acorn Award, here’s a little history. The Deercreek Home & Garden Club established the Golden Acorn Award in 2000 to recognize residents of Deercreek who make a positive difference in our community. All members of the DHGC are invited each spring to nominate outstanding individuals who are worthy recipients of this honorary award. A committee of previous Golden Acorn Award winners makes the final selection.

This year Max Zahn has been chosen. Max is a name many of you are familiar with – if not by name he is otherwise known as the guy who has the “most Christmas decorations on his house in Deercreek” (and most other major holidays). His contributions to our community and Jacksonville as a whole far exceed the joy he brings to our neighborhood with his elaborate holiday decorations though.

Max moved to Deercreek in 1994 and was one of the first residents on Blakeford Mill Road. Originally from Daytona Beach, he attended FSU (if ever in doubt, check out the abundant Seminole paraphernalia that adorns his house, car, golf cart, clothes etc.) earning a degree in Marketing and Management. He worked for Xerox for 28 years in sales.

Max has been a Mandarin Rotarian for 35 years. He was a past president with the Rotary Club, is a “Paul Harris Fellow” and also received the Rotarian of the year award. His involvement with the Rotary includes service to our community schools, the Mandarin Food Bank and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army during the holidays.

He is also involved with the Special Olympics in our area. Max gives a Christmas party for the Special Olympics Swim Team at his house each year – complete with a visit from Santa! Max’s youngest daughter Betsy is an amazing swimmer who raises money each year, swimming with the Special Olympics team from Jacksonville.

With regards to specific Deercreek events, Max hosts a neighborhood Christmas party for the children in our community annually. This party brings much joy and holiday cheer to our neighborhood. He was President of the Deercreek Board of Governors for three years in the past. He has hosted 'Ladies Night Out' for the Member/Guest Golf Tournament, and also the Resident’s Cup party for the Powerliners & Uptowners (a golf tradition unique to Deercreek!).

Max is also on the Board for ARC, an important organization that assists special needs adults in our community. ARC is working hard to build a new village for special needs adults locally.

Lastly, Max is a past board member for the FSU Booster organization (a member since 1974) and is currently employed by the Seminole Boosters, running golf tournaments and special events.

This list is just a fraction of what he does. Anyone who knows Max is aware that his everyday life includes acts of kindness and giving to others each and every day. There is no one more deserving of this prestigious award. I am proud to call Max my neighbor and friend.


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