The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes local leaders who are advocates and supporters of youth and their development. The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council hosts two annual events, the Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner in St. Petersburg in November and the Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon in downtown Tampa in March.  The Dinner is a ticketed event that supports local scouting.  The Luncheon asks guests to make a pledge in support of local scouting.

Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Where: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa 33602
Time: Registration: 11:30AM – Noon
Lunch: Noon – 1:30PM
RSVP: (813) 872-2691 ext. 109

 

2018 Distinguished Citizen Honoree – Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

The 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon will honor Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of the City of Tampa. Buckhorn is the 58th mayor of Tampa, the nation’s 53rd largest city and the 3rd largest in Florida, where he leads over 4,300 dedicated, hard-working, and forward-thinking civil servants. On April 1, 2011, Bob Buckhorn was officially sworn into office and since then, he has led the city out of largest recession since the great depression.  Buckhorn has made it a priority to focus on public safety, strong neighborhoods, and economic growth while working diligently to improve the overall quality of life in our community.

 

Guest Presenter – Jeff Vinik, Owner, Tampa Bay Lightning

The honor of presenting Mayor Buckhorn with the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award is Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Under the umbrellas of the Vinik Family Foundation and the Lightning Foundation, Jeff and his wife Penny have invested more than $30 million in Tampa Bay area charities through a variety of programs and donations,Strategic Property Partners (SPP), LLC a partnership between Vinik and Cascade Investment, LLC of Kirkland, Washington are currently executing a plan to develop 53 acres in downtown Tampa’s south core into a new district entitled ‘Water Street Tampa’. SPP is expecting to deliver approximately $3 billion in investment to bring Water Street Tampa to life and reinvent the blocks surrounding AMALIE Arena into a walkable, 24/7 live, work, play and stay wellness district. With the construction of Phase one already underway, the district will eventually include a School of Medicine for the University of South Florida, corporate office buildings, a hotel, residences, retail, restaurants, entertainment and improved infrastructure. Jeff and Penny Vinik continue to personally invest in the community, bringing one-of-a-kind art installations “The Beach” and “Art of the Brick” to the city of Tampa. The Beach came to AMALIE Arena in 2016 and featured 1.2 million translucent white balls, creating an indoor beach for nearly 100,000 patrons. Art of the Brick, a global touring show rated by CNN as one of the world’s must-see exhibitions, was brought to downtown Tampa in 2017 and is the first exhibit to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art medium.

 

 

Keynote Speaker-Former American Astronaut, Col. Michael Edward Fossum

Key Note Speaker-Former American Astronaut, Col Michael Edward Fossum

We are excited to have Former NASA Astronaut Col Michael Edward Fossum as our keynote speaker for this event. Michael E. Fossum is a former Air Force Reserve colonel astronaut who flew on STS-121 as a mission specialist. He is a veteran of three space flights, logging more than 194 days in space and served as an astronaut from 1998 until his retirement in 2017.As an Eagle Scout, Fossum is heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America as well as the Order of the Arrow and is the Scoutmaster of Troop 1598 based in Webster, TX. The BSA has honored him with its Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.Our guest presenter will be non-other that Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and an advocate for the city of Tampa.

 

Sponsorship opportunities and their benefits include:

$10,000 Presenting Sponsorship (Exclusive):

  • Eight invitations to attend the Eagle Club VIP reception prior to the Luncheon
  • Eight seats to the Luncheon
  • Full page Luncheon program advertisement
  • Video display of company logo during Luncheon

 $5,000 Sponsorship:

  • Four invitations to attend the Eagle Club VIP reception prior to the Luncheon
  • Eight seats to the Luncheon
  • ½ page Luncheon program advertisement
  • Video display of company logo during Luncheon

 $2,500 Sponsorship: 

  • Two invitations to attend the Eagle Club VIP reception prior to the Luncheon
  • Eight seats to the Luncheon
  • ¼ page Luncheon program advertisement
  • Video display of company logo during Luncheon
For more information or to make a pledge in support of Scouting, please contact Nina Wolfson, email or phone, (813) 872-2691 ext. 109.

Tampa Marriott Waterside Parking Options

  • Valet parking is $13 per day, with drop-off at the main entrance to the hotel. Due to high volume at the end of the program, it can take time to retrieve your vehicle from Valet parking for this event.
  • There is a public parking lot across the street from the main entrance to the hotel. Parking at the lot is $10, and only cash is accepted.