By Staff Report

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce’s (GRCC) July Luncheon was all about Membership Appreciation. Event co-chairs, Doug Goodman, Brandon Regional Hospital and Jill Andrew, Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care themed the event as “Building a Better Chamber”. This theme was carried out through the games and décor, complete with hard hats, hammers and ladders.

The biggest news of the day was the proclamation of the 2016 Honorary Mayor of Riverview. Mayor Race Committee Chairs Michelle Mosher, Southshore Insurance Professionals, LLC and Christian Beiter of Preservation 1st Financial Group, LLC announced the winner to be Melissa Hartmann of The Alley at SouthShore. Hartmann, along with the other three candidates; Dwayne Lewis, EmbroidMe of Brandon, Iris Rojas-Davis, Iris Tax Service, LLC, and Jill Andrew, Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care, successfully raised over $33,000. This money will be divided between the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce and their charities of choice.

Hartmann said, “Going into the Honorary Mayors Race, my goal was to raise as much money possible for the Greater Tampa USBCA Youth Bowlers Scholarship Fund because they are the reason I haven’t paid a penny for my son’s college, but it became much more than that. I discovered what a close knit community Riverview really is.” Hartmann said that she could not have done this for the Youth Bowlers without the amazing people of the Riverview community. “There is so much “heart” in Riverview. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It is an honor and a pleasure to know each and every one of you,” she commented about the Riverview Chamber members.

Next month, checks will be presented to each of the chosen charities. Hartmann will be presenting to Greater Tampa Bowling Association Youth Scholarship Fund. Andrew’s charity of choice has been YMCA Camp Cristina. Lewis will hand his check over to Boys and Girls Club of Riverview. Iris Rojas-Davis has been raising funds to present to her favorite charity The Davis Rojas Foundation.

The GRCC luncheons are held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend ($20 charge for non-members). RSVPs are requested. Please call the chamber office at 234-5944 or sign up at

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