The Luminaries is an annual recognition program with the mission to preserve the past and inspire the future. The program celebrates Tampa’s greatest community leaders and shares their stories with the community as a whole.
The Luminaries Program
The Luminaries program is a partnership between The Junior League of Tampa, WEDU PBS, and countless other organizations who believe in the power of individuals to be catalysts for community change.
The Luminaries Committee hosts events throughout the year to gather the community in celebration of our inspiring leaders. The headline event is the annual gala in the spring, where the new class of Luminaries is formally introduced to the public.
The WEDU PBS documentary captures and preserves the stories of the Luminaries. The documentary premieres at prime time on WEDU PBS and is hosted online for free streaming by the public.
The Luminaries works with educational institutions to share the story of our inspiring leaders, including the Tampa Bay History Center, which hosts a permanent display.
Meet the Luminaries
A Luminary is more than a leader. The men and women honored are exemplified by their inspiring leadership, commitment to lasting community impact through advocacy, and achievement of prominence or distinction in a particular sphere.
Joseph Capitano, Sr.
T. Terrell Sessums
Mary Lynn Ulrey
J. Thomas Touchton
Sister Claire LeBoeuf
Produced by WEDU PBS, The Luminaries captures the stories of these outstanding leaders. The documentaries premiere at prime time and are then accessible for free streaming to viewers.
The Luminaries 2021
Featuring Fran Davin, Doretha Edgecomb, and Ron Weaver
The Luminaries 2019
Featuring Dr. Judy Genshaft, Joe Capitano, and Rosemary Armstrong
The Luminaries 2018
Featuring Rosemary Henderson, Mary Lynn Ulrey, and T. Terrell Sessums
The Luminaries 2017
Featuring The Honorable Betty Castor, Judge Katherine Essrig, and J. Thomas Touchton
The Luminaries 2016
Featuring Arthenia Joyner, Lincoln Tamayo, and Celia Ferman
The Luminaries 2015
Featuring Sister Claire LeBoeuf, Governor Bob Martinez, and Richard Gonzmart
Support the Luminaries
The Luminaries celebrates the power of individuals who inspire future movements of community leaders. Sponsoring The Luminaries, gives companies the unique opportunity to celebrate the past and invest in the future of Tampa Bay.
Sponsors receive promotion benefits from The Junior League of Tampa and WEDU PBS reaching a wide audience through in person events, a prime time special, and a vast digital campaign.
The Junior League of Tampa often works with companies to create custom sponsorship opportunities. Contact us for more information about sponsoring the Luminaries.