Sustainer of the Year Award

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