By Michelle Colesanti

Honorary Mayor is a cherished position in the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. It’s a competitive race, with the winner raising the most money for his or her charity of choice.

In June, three members tossed their hats in to announce their candidacy. Tanya Doran, director of the chamber, said “The candidates will spend the next three months hosting fundraisers to support their charities and the winner will be announced in October.”

Charities benefiting from this year’s mayoral race are: Molly Blanton will be supporting the Boy Scouts of America; Elijah Heath will be raising funds for the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview Foundation; and Mary Boyd will be fundraising to help A Kid’s Place and The Y’s Camp Christina. A portion of all candidates’ efforts will also go to help support the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce.

The Honorary Mayor will actively participate in chamber activities and represent the chamber. The Greater Riverview Chamber is very proud of the current Honorary Mayor, Lisa Kennedy, owner of Alley Cat Pest Control, who has worked tirelessly, in addition to running her own business and being a key player in the South Shore Young Professionals Association.

The events below will benefit the local charities chosen by each of the candidates.

Friday, September 14, at 5:45 p.m. will be a Pizza Crawl at various places – cost $16. Supports Molly Blanton

Friday, September 14, at 7 p.m. at The Winthrop Barn there will be a Dance & Dinner. The cost is $20 adult/$10 child and supports Mary Boyd.

Saturday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. will be a Sunset Wine Tasting at The Preserve at Alafia. The cost is $16 and supports Molly Blanton.

Thursday, September 20, is Yappy Hour and Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. is Oktoberfest with Casino at the Winthrop Barn. The cost is $30. Both of these events support Elijah Heath.

For more information, contact the chamber at 234-5944 or visit at

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Kelly Legg has been writing for the Osprey Observer as a freelance writer for three years, and has recently taken on the role of managing editor for the Christian Voice newspaper. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications. She currently resides in Riverview with her husband and three children.