News Release – The Economic Club of Tampa Donates Record Number of College Scholarships to At-Risk Students

Tampa, Fla., Wedesday, July 25, 2018 – The Economic Club of Tampa (ECOT) underwrote and presented the 2018 Florida Economic Forum (FEF) and announced the Economic Leader of the Year Award at the newly restored Armature Works ballroom. This year’s theme was “The Business of Professional Sports” featuring a panel of leaders from the local teams. Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Steve Griggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers COO Brian Ford discussed the economic impact of their respective teams, along with moderator Sandra Murman, the Hillsborough County Commission Chair.

The 2018 Economic Leader of the Year Award was presented to Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson. Port Tampa Bay has an annual economic impact of $17.2 billion, making it the largest contributor to the regional economy. Anderson graciously accepted the award, which was made from wood that was harvested from a former Port berth and handcrafted by ECOT member John Williams. Last year’s award winner, Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano, offered a video tribute to Mr. Anderson and the seaport.

Leading sponsors including JP Morgan Chase, Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Times helped raise over $55,000, which was presented to Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) President Kim Jowell.  The scholarship money is administered by HEF and matched by the State of Florida.  This year’s event netted a record amount, which will fund 10 two-year prepaid college scholarships for local underserved students.  In just four years, ECOT-sponsored events have generated 28 prepaid college scholarships.

“This year was exceptional with a record number of scholarships,” ECOT President Lee Brill said, “in large part because we had an excellent theme combined with the highest level of member volunteers and sponsorships.”

In addition, ECOT members, along with HEF and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, awarded the first four-year John Brannan Legacy Scholarship to Sarah Metayer. She plans to study accounting and business at the University of Tampa. John Brannan was an accountant, past ECOT president and past HEF chairman. Brannan’s widow, Kim Brannan, presented Sarah with the scholarship, valued at $28,000.

Jowell said, “We are very pleased with the Economic Club of Tampa event results and donation levels. Now we will fulfill our part of the partnership and request matching State of Florida funds, interview and screen worthy student candidates, sign them to contracts, train and match mentors, provide meaningful college success coaching, improve graduation rates and provide college tours.”

Next year at Armature Works, ECOT will host the 2019 Mayoral Inaugural Ball on Thursday, May 2, to celebrate the newly elected city leader and honor previous mayors during a black-tie dinner followed by a public fireworks display over the Riverwalk. The goal of the event is to raise 20 two-year prepaid college scholarships.  Visit www.econclubtampa.org for more information or to sponsor this event.

About Economic Club of Tampa:  The Economic Club of Tampa provides a dynamic forum for business, professional, elected and community leaders to identify and discuss economic, social and political issues. The club works to identify and assist upcoming young leaders as the torch passes from one generation to the next.

About Hillsborough Education Foundation:  Hillsborough Education Foundation seeks to improve the academic success and wellbeing of each Hillsborough County Public School student with a particular emphasis on supporting students at risk of not graduating.

About Take Stock in Children of Florida:  Take Stock in Children of Florida was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

About Florida Prepaid College Foundation:  Since its founding in 1990, the Florida Prepaid College Foundation has committed to giving aspiring students the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and our state by providing college scholarships funded through partnerships with individuals, businesses, educational foundations and the Florida Legislature. The Foundation administers several innovative scholarship programs designed to help students achieve their dream of earning a college education. The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) direct support organization for the Florida Prepaid College Board.

EVENT AND SCHOLARSHIP SUMMARY:

2015 Tampa Mayoral Inaugural Ball (first in city’s 128-year history)

·         Result: $50,000 Raised (plus State of Florida match) for a combined donation of $100,000;

9 college scholarships

 

2016 Florida Economic Forum

·         Keynote Speaker: Rob Bennett, President and CEO, Emera US Holdings (Tampa Electric)

·         2016 Economic Leader of the Year: Gregg Morton, Managing Director, Citi Group Tampa

·         Result: $21,120 raised (plus State of Florida match) for a combined donation of $42,240;

4 college scholarships

 

2017 Florida Economic Forum

·         Keynote Speakers: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn; St Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

·         Moderator: Tampa Bay Times’ Ernest Hooper

·         Media Sponsor: Tampa Bay Times

·         2017 Economic Leader of the Year: Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport

·         Result: $27,150 raised (plus State of Florida match) for a combined donation of $54,300;

5 college scholarships

 

2018 Florida Economic Forum

·         Keynote Speakers: Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Steve Griggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers COO Brian Ford

·         Moderator:  Hillsborough County Commission Sandra Murman

·         Media Sponsor: Tampa Bay Times

·         2018 Economic Leader of the Year: Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson

·         Result: $55,000 raised (plus State of Florida match) for a combined donation of $110,000;

10 college scholarships

2018 John Brannan Legacy 4 year Prepaid Florida University Prepaid College Scholarship valued at $28,000

 

Total Results (4 events) $306,540 combined donations; 28 college scholarships plus one $28,000 John Brannan Legacy Scholarship for total results of $334,540.

NOTE: The future economic impact on ECOT scholarships, mentorships and internships so far could have a 20 times combined future personal income potential for Economic Club Scholars of $5,600,000.

 

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Economic Club of Tampa’s Florida Economic Forum, Tampa, FL

Pictured L-R, Master of Ceremonies, County Commission Chair Sandy Murman with Speaker Panel Members Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Steve Griggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers COO Brian Ford and the Economic Leader of the Year Award Recipient Port of Tampa CEO Paul Anderson

 

Florida Economic Forum Check Presentation of $55,000. Pictured L-R, Economic Club of Tampa Treasurer Dr. Sebastian Castellano, ECOT President Lee Brill, Mary Gorder, Bruce Terry, ECOT Secretary Elizabeth Hapner and Hillsborough Education Foundartion President Kim Jowell

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