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Bush, Lennard earn kudos at Riverview chamber dinner

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Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 09:12 PM

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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.

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