The Sustainer of the Year Award is presented to a Sustainer who has shown outstanding volunteer service in a community service organization or through community service over a significant number of years after the age of forty.
Sustainer of the Year 2016-2017 Robin DeLaVergne
Robin DeLaVergne embodies a wonderful blend of philanthropy and business know-how. She is almost a Tampa native and she moved here as a young child. She attended Gorrie, Wilson, and graduated from Plant High School.
As a member of our League for over 40 years and she has held numerous leadership positions including Treasurer, Enabling Fund Chair, Training Chair, Placement Chair, Headquarters Expansion Co-Chair, Advisory Planning Chair, Sandspur Editor and Yearbook Editors, and AJLI Leadership Council. She culminated her Active League career as JLT President in 1989.
Outside of the League she has continued to trail blaze in our community, serving on the boards all across Tampa Bay including, Metropolitan Ministries, United Way, MacDonald Training Center, Athena Society, Tampa Bay Partnership, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Baby Bungalow.
Additionally she has served as the Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Mobility at MacDill AFB, a Member of the Advisory Board for the 10th International Dragon Boat Federation’s Work Dragon Race 2011, an Advisory board member for the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, the VP of Housing Tampa Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, and on the Pavillion Executive Committee with the Tampa Museum of Art.
Presently, she is the Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Tampa General and continues to volunteer her time in the community. She currently serves as a member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, Tampa General Hospital Women’s Leadership Council, Bank of Tampa Women’s Connected Advisory Board, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Association for Fundraising Professionals, and Philanthropy Leadership Council of the Advisory Board.
She has been recognized for work in the community by several organizations. She was the recipient of 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Recently she received the 2017 Women of Influence Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
She has made all these community contributions while being a wife, a mother and the ultimate professional.
Her life is a testament to the importance of advocacy – “In order to make a difference, you have to believe in what you are doing why you are doing it, and the people or things you are trying to help.”
Previous Sustainer of the Year Honorees
1970 Sylvia Corral Vega (Mrs. C.C., Jr.)
1971 Georgia Cornelius MacDonald (Mrs. Clifford)
1972 Madeline Pasqual Gibbons (Mrs. Arthur)
1973 Jane Hughey Hewit (Mrs. Linus W. )
1974 Louise Lykes Ferguson (Mrs. Chester)
1975 Martha Sale Ferman (Mrs. James L.)
1976 Elizabeth Whidden Himes (Mrs. John R.)
1977 Nancy Torbett Ford (Mrs. Charles E., Jr.)
1978 Helen Ayala Davis (Mrs. Sam F.)
1979 Catherine Ortmeyer Healy (Mrs. Charles T.)
1980 Lois Wilson Garrett (Mrs. Preston)
1981 Nancy Lee Woods McKay (Mrs. Herbert)
1982 Cecile Lee Burnett (Mrs. J. Mac)
1983 Ruthanne Padgett McLean (Mrs. W.C., Jr.)
1984 Jean Ann Ramsdell Cone (Mrs. Douglas P.)
1985 Susan Sossamon Bulger (Mrs. William W.)
1986 Ann Lowry Murphey (Mrs. David III)
1987 Joanne Hecker Frazier (Mrs. J. Warren)
1988 Isabelle Swift Ferrell (Mrs. Marshall)
1989 Mia Carnariis Hardcastle (Mrs. Ken)
1990 Wynette Howell (Mrs. A. Clewis)
1991 Barbara Barritt Romano (Mrs. Jack)
1992 Stephanie Mills Chapman
1993 Rosemary Harris Henderson
1994 Stella Ferguson Thayer (Mrs. Bronson)
1995 Patricia T. Daley (Mrs. Thomas)
1996 Cecelia Davis Ferman (Mrs. James L., Jr.)
1997 Sally Lowry Baldwin (Mrs. Walter, Jr.)
1998 Sylvia “Nootchie” Vega Smith (Mrs. H. Vance)
1999 Betty Hall Wood (Mrs. G. Pierce, Jr.)
2000 Lora Warren Hulse (Mrs. David)
2001 Joan Hendrick McKay (Mrs. Howell)
2002 Cody Fowler Davis
2003 Betsy Barron Stagg (Mrs. Lawrence)
2004 Adele Marsicano Clarke (Mrs. Richard)
2005 Martha Robbins Hall (Mrs. Laurence)
2006 Mary Frost Feingold (Mrs. Mark Feingold)
2007 Sally Shapard Hill (Mrs. Lewis, III)
2008 Frances Hyer Reynolds (Mrs. William H.)
2009 Judy Lawson (Mrs. John R. Lawson Jr.)
2010 Sarah Jane Rubio (Mrs. Mauricio)
2011 Helen Robbie Williams (Mrs. W. L. Williams, Sr.)
2012 Joy Robinson Bell (Mrs. Lem Bell)
2013 Harrison Flynn Giddens (Mrs. Thomas Giddens)
2014 Robin Robson Gonzalez (Mrs. Thomas M. Gonzalez)
2015 Cynthia Daley Coney (Mrs. Anthony Coney)
2016 Mary Lee Nunnally Farrior
2017 Robin DeLaVergne