By Kathy L. Collins
On Wednesday, February 20 the Community Roundtable of Brandon held its Annual Community Affairs Dinner at Center Place. This year’s was “Making A Difference Together.”
The dinner’s Emcee was Melissa Snively who said, “The Community Roundtable is an exceptional organization that has been serving the community for 56 years. At this dinner, we honor an outstanding non-profit and individuals for their community service and hear from community leaders.”
The featured speaker was Tampa’s Mayor, Bob Buckhorn who spoke of the relationship between the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Buckhorn said, “We are so much better when we are together as a community.” Going with the theme of the evening, Buckhorn also said, “We have an obligation as parents and grandparents and community leaders to leave this place in a better place.”
Under Buckhorn’s leadership, Tampa is a vibrant and growing city. Take a walk along the Riverfront or see the city’s bridges lit up at night. The close proximity to Tampa is just one of the things that makes the greater Brandon community a fantastic place to live.
The Maureen Krzanowki Scholarship was awarded to Zora Millerleile, a senior at Strawberry Crest High School. Janine Nickerson, Vice President of the Community Roundtable said, “Zora is the kind of person that Maureen would have loved.” Millerleile received a $500 scholarship which she will put to use next year as she attends the University of South Florida.
The GFWC Brandon Service League (BSL) was named the Non-Profit of the Year. Sam Creasman, President of the Community Roundtable said, “The membership of this organization may be small, but their contributions to the community are immeasurable.”
Long time resident, community activist and 20-year Rotarian, Betty Jo Tompkins was awarded the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service award by last year’s recipient, Tammy Holmberg. Tompkins could not attend, so the award was accepted by Kathy Curry, President of Brandon South Rotary. Curry said, “I am proud to accept this award on Betty Jo’s behalf. She is very worthy of this award.”
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