Peggy Vance, of San Clemente Ocean Festival fame, and Dr. Gus Gialamas, perhaps best known for leading a battle to preserve San Clemente’s community hospital, are this year’s honorees on the city’s Wall of Recognition.

The City Council delivered the accolades at its April 18 meeting. Vance and Gialamas become the 36th and 37th honorees since the city established a wall of plaques at the Community Center in 1994, honoring people for exceptional contributions to the community.

Since 2001, Vance has been executive director of the San Clemente Ocean Festival, where she began as a volunteer. She also is past president of the Friends of San Clemente Foundation, a former city parks commissioner, former member of the Coastal Advisory Committee and a volunteer with Character Counts Jamboree, the San Clemente Watershed Task Force and San Clemente Heart Chase.

She helped organize San Clemente’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2003 and has had a hand in local endeavors from summer beach concerts to Courtney’s SandCastle.

“I am thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had to give back,” she said, describing what a great place San Clemente has been to live and raise a family.

Gialamas, an orthopedic surgeon, was in the news in 2016 while leading a Save San Clemente Hospital campaign. What is less known is that for more than 20 years he has organized physicals for San Clemente High School athletes, and has been a longtime supporter of the Boys & Girls Club and of San Clemente High School athletics.

He has spent Friday nights as team physician for San Clemente High School football and Saturday nights for Saddleback College football.

Gialamas is a longtime member and organizer with Operation Rainbow, a medical team that provides surgeries and assistance in under-served communities and disaster locations across the Americas.

And locally, “he has never turned away a patient because of inability to pay,” his Wall of Recognition nomination form said.

“It’s been really a privilege for me to be able to take care of children in our community, the high school, and Go Tritons, how about those Tritons this year?” Gialamas said.