NIAGARA FALLS – Daredevil Nik Wallenda, whose high-wire walk over Niagara Falls June 15 won new publicity for the area, was announced Friday as an award winner and keynote speaker for the Niagara USA Chamber’s annual awards gala March 22 in the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.

Wallenda is to receive the Visionary Award from the business group, president and CEO Deanna Brennen said.

Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, retiring president of Niagara University, is to receive the Community Advocate Award, which will be named after him in the future.

Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek will receive the Chairman’s Award for pushing the NCCC Culinary Arts Institute in downtown Niagara Falls to completion last year. Certo Brothers Distributing Co., which has a Niagara Falls location, will be named business of the year, and Timothy Mulvey of Mulvey Construction in Lockport was named business person of the year.