All Lutz guv'na candidates get to pass on some money
LUTZ — To the benefits of running for guv'na of Lutz — the chance to buy votes, make outlandish campaign promises and win campy fame — add this new incentive:
Win or lose, you get to say where some of the money you raised goes.
This year, the Lutz Civic Association let all candidates for guv'na designate where 10 percent of the money they raised went. The winner has always been able to do that.
New guv'na Terri Burgess, a teacher at Lutz Elementary School, made two allocations of $388 each — one to her school and one to the Old Lutz School.
Her opponents made contributions to Joshua House, the Little Women of Lutz and Christian Social Services.
The civic association itself gave most of the rest of the $22,046 raised in this year's race to about two dozen local organizations.
The number of Girl Scout troops to receive checks went from one last year to six this year, largely because the Scouts learned that the money was available and applied.
Troop leaders said they plan use the money for service projects and, in the case of one troop of older Scouts, to start a troop of Daisies, the youngest Scouts.
"We want to leave a legacy for some younger new Scouts," said Troop 241 leader Suzanne Beauchaine.
The Lutz Civic Association last week distributed money raised by its annual race for guv'na. The organizers of the Lutz Independence Day 5K distributed another $6,000. Here are the beneficiaries of the civic association's awards (unless otherwise noted):
• Boy Scout Troop 12: $500 (plus $250 from the race)
• Boy Scout Troop 212: $250 from the race
• Boy Scout Troop 339: $250
• Girl Scout Troop 251: $250
• Girl Scout Troop 3: $250
• Girl Scout Troop 1036: $250
• Girl Scout Troop 241: $250
• Girl Scout Troop 117: $250
• Girl Scout Troop 634: $250
• Friends of the Lutz Library: $250 (plus $250 from the race)
• Heritage Park Foundation: $500 from the race
• Junior Master Gardeners: $600
• Lutz Patriots: $400 Target gift card
• Learning Gate Community School: $800
• Lutz Elementary School: $800 (plus $388 from guv'na Terry Burgess)
• Maniscalco Elementary School: $800
• Land O' Lakes Womens Club: $1,000
• Nye Park: $1,000
• Lutz Nature Park: $3,000 (plus $2,000 from the race)
• Lutz Volunteer Fire Department: $3,000 (plus $750 from the race)
• Old Lutz School: $3,000 (plus $388 from Burgess and $1,000 from the race)
• Lutz Leaguerettes: $500
• Joshua House: $240 from guv'na candidate Denise Hopkinson
• Little Women of Lutz: $472 from guv'na candidate Sandy Elmore
• Christian Social Services: $250 (plus $716 from guv'na candidate Terri Williamson)
• Civil Air Patrol: $500 (plus $1,000 from the race)