Today, two local organizations will honor notable Tampa citizens.
The Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women selected Lee Bird Leavengood and Betty Reed to be inducted into the 2016 Hillsborough County Women's Hall of Fame.
Leavengood, a leader in the founding of the University of South Florida, was chosen for her commitment to education, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Reed, who was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 until 2014, stood out for her use of grass roots advocacy, compromise and cooperation, which resulted in legislation positively impacting health, education, seniors and those with disabilities.
Both women will be celebrated with a ceremony and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center.
Meanwhile, half a mile down the road, The Junior League of Tampa will host the The 2016 Luminaries Award luncheon at noon at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel.
A selection committee made up of local leaders and historians chose three honorees: Celia Ferman, the director of Ferman Automotive Group, a member of the board of directors at Moffitt Cancer Center and a volunteer there; State Sen. Arthenia Joyner; and Lincoln Tamayo, head of school at Academy Prep Center of Tampa and vice president of center operations for Academy Prep Foundation.
The luminaries will not only be recognized for their lasting effect on the community, they will also have their life histories captured in digital biographies created and aired in prime time by WEDU-TV, then preserved in a permanent video exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.