The Community Roundtable Hosts A Conversation With Brandon’s Pioneering Families

Tammy Holmberg, with her husband Paul, has been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for area nonprofits. Holmberg is the 2012 recipient of the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award.

The Community Roundtable’s Community Affairs Dinner has become a favorite community event. This year’s dinner was held in February at Center Place and featured “A Conversation With Brandon’s Pioneering Families.”

Six members of some of Brandon’s pioneering families told thoughtful and funny stories of their families’ root and beginnings in Brandon. Mark Nash, a Brandon native and 1979 graduate of Brandon High School, acted as emcee for the conversation featuring Mike Brandon, Helen Mulrennan Young, Judy Darcey, Claire Simmons Bryan, Paul Dinnis and Dick Stowers.

Nash said, “There are many pioneering families in the area. This is not a complete story, but we have before us a great representation of our past.”

The Community Affairs Dinner is also a time to honor individuals and nonprofit organizations. The Maureen Krzanowski Scholarship was presented to Strawberry High School student, Emily Almand who has a 5.72 weighted GPA and served over 190 community service hours. Among the many projects Almand worked on was establishing the Hope Chest, place where children in need can get clothes.

Almand said, “I never realized that a little thing can go a long way. I always want to give back to the community.”

The Nonprofit of the Year Award was given to A Kid’s Place. Virginia Johnson, executive director for A Kid’s Place said, “In two-and-a-half years, we have served 500 children and 200 families.” Johnson added, “This community is so generous in helping us. We could not be more pleased with all of the support we receive.”

Tammy Holmberg, who along with her husband, Paul, owns the Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village, was honored with the prestigious Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award for her support of the community. Holmberg has been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for area nonprofits through her Chicks For Charity. She is the first person to win both the Key Citizen Award and the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award in the same year.

The Community Roundtable was established in 1957. It hosts the annual Fourth of July Parade and the Honorary Mayor’s Race. It meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Center Place at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.TheCommunityRoundtable.org or call 661-4350.