The Luminaries 2020 Honorees - Fran Davin, Doretha Edgecomb, Ronald Weaver


Luminaries Luncheon

Since 2015, The Junior League of Tampa has partnered with WEDU PBS to host an annual luncheon recognizing The Luminaries, three outstanding leaders in our community. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have chosen to cancel the 2020 Luncheon scheduled for May 8th. We want to protect the health and safety of the Tampa Bay community; the community our Luminaries have dedicated their lives to serving.
The League and WEDU PBS are working together to create alternative engagement opportunities for the public. Fran Davin, Doretha Edgecomb, and Ron Weaver have extraordinary stories, which we believe will truly inspire the future.

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What is a Luminary?

LUMINARY a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere

The Junior League of Tampa aims to improve the community by preserving and inspiring a legacy of luminaries who are catalysts for lasting community impact. As one of the preeminent leadership development organizations in Tampa, The League believes in the power of one individual to make a tangible difference in our community. Steeped in over 90 years of rich Tampa history, The League stands in a unique position to preserve the life histories of the people who have instituted transformative change in this community, and, through our partnership with WEDU PBS and the power of storytelling, inspire a future movement of community leaders.

To that end, The Junior League of Tampa partnered with WEDU PBS and created The Luminaries, an annual recognition program to showcase outstanding individuals, as exemplified by inspiring leadership, commitment to lasting community impact through advocacy, and achievement of prominence or distinction in a particular sphere. This leadership award takes recognition a step further by vividly capturing and preserving the influential stories of the award recipients through the creation of a prime time WEDU PBS broadcast of The Luminaries documentary and a permanent collection of digital biographies and display at the Tampa Bay History Center.


Watch the WEDU Special: The Luminaries 2019



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Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

2019 Luminaries Award Luncheon Sponsor AdventHealth

2019 Luminaries Award Sponsor Helios Education Foundation - The Junior League of Tampa

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USF women in leadership & philanthropy 2019 Luminaries Sponsor

Women's Conference of Florida - Sponsor of The Luminaries 2019 by The Junior League of Tampa