Tampa Bay shined bright at the Diamonds Awards

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce sure can throw a party and they should that at the second annual Diamond Awards at the Tampa Garden Club on Jan. 16.

Hosted by WFLA News Channel 8’s Paul Michael Mueller and TBGLCC president Ashley Brundage, the event was fun and fancy as guests were entertained by musician Jennifer Real.

County Commissioner Kevin Beckner won Community Champion of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year was won by Metro Wellness & Community Centers.

The Business of the Year went to The Hotchkiss Group and Business Person of the Year went to Sharon Herman.

TBGLCC and Balance Tampa Bay also used the evening to grant the first Diamond Scholarship to a member of TBGLCC and BTB’s Mentorship Program. USF’s Anthony Ruiz-Wilson was the bigger winner of the scholarship.

Photos by Jake Stevens.

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