By Kathy L. Collins

On Tuesday, September 10, the Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2013 Annual Banquet. The evening included presentation of awards and installation of the 2013-2014 Board of Directors.

Representative, Ross Spano of the Florida House, District 59, was the keynote speaker. Spano, who grew up in Seffner, spoke of community. Spano said, “You will succeed when you find opportunity to refer business to one another and hold one another to a high ethical standard. If you do this, you will be successful.”

Outgoing President, Lori Libhart thanked everyone for coming to the banquet. Libhart said, “We are a small but mighty group. I thank all of you for your tireless effort to make this a strong and vibrant community.”

The Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce will be led for the next two years by Meredith Tucker, Market Leader at BB&T Bank in Seffner. Tucker, a second-generation resident of Seffner said, “I am honored to be a part of this community.” Tucker added, “I look forward to advocating for and helping each member of the chamber grow.”

Awards were given to individuals and organizations who provide outstanding service to the communities served by the Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sheri and Bill Brown were awarded The Sharon Carter Community Service Award for organizing and running the Cookson Hills Toy Run. For the past 20 years, the Browns have held the event on the first Sunday in December for the “Forgotten Children” and special needs individuals in Eastern Hillsborough County.

The Outstanding Business of the Year was given to Delaney Creek Lodge. The Friends of the Seffner-Mango Branch Library was honored with theĀ  Outstanding Charitable Organization for 2013. The President’s Award went to Libby Libhart for going above and beyond all year to make chamber events successful.

The Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce serves the communities of Dover, Mango, Seffner, Thonotossassa and Valrico. The Chamber meets for lunch on the second Thursday of the month in the community room at First Baptist Church of Mango from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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