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Love named Brandon's honorary mayor

Gay Lynn Love, newly named honorary mayor of Brandon, is chauffeured Wednesday in the Fourth of July parade. She helped raise more than $24,000 for charity.

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Gay Lynn Love, newly named honorary mayor of Brandon, is chauffeured Wednesday in the Fourth of July parade. She helped raise more than $24,000 for charity.

Gay Lynn Love has earned the title of honorary mayor of Brandon by raising more than $24,000 for charity.

She was honored Wednesday with a chauffeured ride in the Fourth of July parade.

The Community Roundtable of Brandon made the announcement before the parade.

Love's fundraising benefited the Brandon Family YMCA, the American Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

For several years, Love's daughter, Peyton has suffered from Type 1 diabetes.

Her mother, Shari Banks, is battling ovarian cancer.

"When my friends encouraged me to run (for honorary mayor), I was hesitant at first," she said.

"Then after my daughter was hospitalized for the third time in a three years, I decided I had to do something."

While the title is honorary, Love will work in conjunction with the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce and represent Brandon at ribbon cuttings and other events.

Love named Brandon's honorary mayor 07/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 7, 2012 5:30am]

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