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    August 15, 2014
    9th Annual breakfast honors South Tampa area teachers
    Tampa, FL – Returning for the ninth year, Thursday, August 14, 2014, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce honored newly hired teachers in the South Tampa area at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club. Over 175 guests, including teachers and principals representing 17 schools, South Tampa Chamber members and prominent community leaders, were in attendance. Working as a community resource for the businesses in the South Tampa area, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosts the breakfast to welcome and inspire the new teachers and schools to become better acquainted with members of the South Tampa Chamber and community, as well as, show them the support of local businesses. Teachers also left with goody bags full of school supplies and gifts provided by the members of the South Tampa Chamber.
    Kelly Flannery, President and CEO of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, gave a personal recollection of her educational experience as a former student in Hillsborough County and graduate of H.B. Plant High School. Flannery welcomed the teachers by saying “You [the teachers] are the most valuable resource we have as a community. We have many leaders who are here with us today; A county commissioner, a city councilman, business owners and CEOs and while we may be doing the job today, it’s YOU who are guiding, encouraging and developing the leaders of our future. Thank you. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, service and sacrifice to make sure that the future of our community is strong and bright.”
    Candy Olson, the School Board Representative for South Tampa, who will be retiring after 20 years of serving on the Hillsborough County School Board, was presented the South Tampa Community Champion Award by Flannery. The South Tampa Community Champion Award acknowledges community members for their generosity, service, support and involvement in the South Tampa Community.
    Specials guests included Hillsborough County School Superintendent- Mary Ellen Elia, Area Director- Maribeth Brooks, County Commissioner- Sandy Murman and Chair Pro-Tem of the Tampa City Council-Harry Cohen. Rather than having a keynote speaker this year, the Supporting Sponsors, community leaders and South Tampa Chamber representatives provided words of encouragement, inspiration and warmth for the new teachers. The Title Sponsor was Kinney, Fernandez and Biore, P.A.  Supporting Sponsors included: Davin’s Dream Team Foundation, Sprint, Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network, NOVA Southeastern University, ClubZ In-Home Tutoring, Circle C Ranch Academy, Post Apartment Homes, Palma Ceia Storage 3225, MamaRazzi Foto Inc., Keiser University and Robert Bauman.
    ABOUT THE SOUTH TAMPA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Established in 1926, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is an association of over 500 businesses and organizations. The chamber has strived to make the South Tampa community a better place in which to live, work, and play. Its active membership consists of local businesses, professionals, non-profits and government representatives who enjoy social activities and community involvement. For more information, contact the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce at 813.637.0156, or visit www.southtampachamber.org.
    Kelly Flannery, President & CEO
    (813) 637-0156