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Non-Profit of the Year Award Goes to GFWC Brandon Service League

The Community Roundtable at its 2013 Community Affairs Dinner named this year's Non-Profit Organization of the Year recipient. The honor goes to one of Brandon's oldest groups, founded in 1959.

 

The Community Roundtable at its 2013 Community Affairs Dinner named the GFWC Brandon Service League as the third recipient of the rountable's Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award.

"Until you start looking around, you have no idea how many nonprofits there are in the Brandon area," said Community Roundtable President Sam Creaseman, in announcing this year's award recipient. "Let me tell you that they're all doing a great job. They are. It's difficult to narrow it down."

But narrow they did, until the top choice became the GFWC Brandon Service League, which also happens to be one of Brandon's oldest organizations, having been founded in 1959.

"This organization, a few of you may have heard of, they've been around for awhile," Creaseman said. "They have worked diligently throughout the Brandon area. That includes Dover, Lithia, Riverview, Seffner and Valrico."

Creaseman said the women volunteer in schools ars tutors, at the hospital and with other community groups and charities, such as the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) in Brandon, on Parsons Avenue.

Dianne Foerster, the league's president, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

"I'm flabbergasted," she said in an interview after she came off the stage at Center Place with the group's trophy award. "We were chartered in 1959 and we have some charter members still with us."

Among them is the founding member, Alice B. Storms, wife of Nat Storms, a former agriculture teacher at Brandon High School, whose tenure there is duly noted with his induction into the Brandon High School Alumni Association's Alumni Hall of Fame.

Alice B. Storms is the namesake for the service league's annual event for children with special needs.

The Community Roundtable's Community Affairs Dinner was held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, which shares space with the Brandon Regional Library in the Sandy Rodriguez Center on Vonderburg Drive.

Past recipients of the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award are both ECHO and Center Place. Representatives from the awarded non-profit ride in the Community Roundtable float at the annual Greater Brandon Fourth of July Parade, which is run by the roundtable.

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