More than 200 people turned out for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce's annual awards dinner Jan. 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Business of the Year went to S&S Taco's & Stuff/Pizza's & Stuff, owned by Mike Self II. A very surprised Donna Lee Fore of P.F. Auto Glass Inc. was named Business Person of the Year; Krista Jerome of New York Life & Casualty, Ambassador of the Year; Tonya and Andy Walsh of Walsh Commercial Cleaning Service, the Margy Watkins Volunteer of the Year; and Earl Lennard, Hillsborough County supervisor of elections, Riverview Citizen of the Year.
Highlighting the evening was the naming of Jeannie Bush of Serenity Meadows Memorial Park, Funeral Home & Crematory as the new Greater Riverview honorary mayor. She and runner-up Dayman Baker of American Plumbing Solutions Inc. raised $4,378 for the chamber and their respective charities. Chamber President Jill Andrew of Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care said the race was "very close."
In a generous gesture, Bush asked Baker to be vice mayor.
After installing herself in a comedic manner, Andrew installed the 2010 chamber board: Sherri Walker of Crane Technical Training & Inspection, president-elect; Fore as treasurer; Larry Brooks, A & A Mortgage Funding; Bush; Joe Eletto, Pure 4U Inc.; Ryan Esto, Pioneer Tire and Auto; Jennifer Hart, Send Out Cards; Jim Johnson, Mosaic Fertilizer LLC; Rich Rohde, R Processor Inc.; Sharon Roush, South Bay Hospital; Self; Carol Todd, Valrico State Bank; and Walsh.
The chamber also presented a check for $153 to Melanie Meyer of the Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute.