Hillsborough County Women Commended for their Service
Since 2011, the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women's Hall of Fame has honored woman who, through their lives and efforts, have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and all residents in Hillsborough County.
During the Board of County Commissioners Feb. 21 meeting, the Board presented a commendation recognizing the three 2018 Hall of Fame inductees: Public Defender of the 13th Judicial Circuit Julianne Holt, Dr. Sylvia Campbell, the first female surgeon in Hillsborough County, and Ann Porter, the first director of Hillsborough County's Head Start program.
After accepting the commendation, Commission on the Status of Women Chair India Witte thanked the Board for the recognition and noted that all three inductees are USF alumni.
"It's very heartening to know that we have such a wonderful legacy to follow as women in our community. And they certainly do set the bar for leadership by example very high," she said. "I do encourage everyone in the viewing public to come learn more about each of these women. They're stories are quite remarkable."
The Board of County Commissioners also presented a proclamation declaring March 4 through March 9 as Newspaper in Education Week to Jodi Pushkin, manager of the Newspaper in Education program at the Tampa Bay Times. In addition, March 2018 was recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and that proclamation was given to Valerie Schlosser, a cancer survivor. Newly crowned Florida Strawberry Festival Queen Ally Elizabeth Burt was presented a proclamation recognizing March 1 through March 11 as Florida Strawberry Festival Days in Hillsborough County.