Candidates are planning events for the month of June.
Two area civic activists will host fundraising events throughout the month as part of their bid to become Brandon's next honorary mayor. Valrico resident Barbara Schwabe, current president of Center Place and vice president of Fred Schwabe & Associates, and River Hills resident Cami Gibertini, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon and senior vice president of USAmeribank on Kings Avenue, will battle it out for the honorary post. It's a tradition that dates back to 1959 when longtime Brandon resident Nat Storms served as Brandon's first honorary mayor. The honorary mayor appears at ribbon-cuttings and civic functions throughout the year. More importantly, those running for honorary mayor of Brandon host events throughout the month…
Dot Mahieu received the S.L. "Spud" Clements Award for her work on the Center Place board and in the gift shop.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- D'Ann White
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
As Center Place President-Elect Randy Wolfe read off a description of this year's S.L. "Spud" Clements Award winner, Dorothy Mahieu said she felt the tears well up in her eyes. "As soon as he said the winner purchased the first cash register for the gift shop, I knew it was me," said Mahieu. "I couldn't believe it. I was so surprised." Mahieu received the coveted award named for the one-time state legislator and Center Place patron at the annual Center Place Arts Gala held Saturday at The Regent in Riverview. As she walked up to accept the award, she was greeted with a standing ovation. "I was overwhelmed," said Mahieu. "When my friend, Nancy Hilbert, told me to get dressed up and wear a lot of bling because she was taking me somewhere …