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.

Congratulations to Pat Carter, our 2018-2019 Sustainer of the Year!

Pat Carter honored as Sustainer of the Year by The Junior League of Tampa

Pat Carter has a legacy of trailblazing both inside and outside The Junior League of Tampa. She has been dedicated to improving her community and developing the potential of women her whole life.

Pat’s pioneering ways started when she went to Florida State University (FSU) to pursue a major in Insurance and Real Estate. On her first day, she walked into her Business Law class and was approached by the professor who told her she was in the wrong class. When she assured him, she was not, he responded, “We’ll see about that.” Pat proved him wrong and went on to be the first woman to receive an insurance degree from FSU.

At first, Pat struggled to convince an insurance company to hire a woman. Finally, she broke into the industry demonstrating her business acumen. She went on to partner with her husband Calvin, running their own successful company as a husband-wife team.

Outside of her successful career, Pat never stopped caring for the community. She has held leadership positions in organizations including, but not limited to: The Junior League of Tampa, The Tampa Museum of Art, The Chiselers, Tampa Bay History Center, Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa General Hospital Foundation, Ybor City Museum Society, Hyde Park Garden Club, YWCA, Gasparilla Sidewalk Art Festival, Tampa Preservation, Easter Seal Guild, Tampa Symphony Guild, Town and Gown (USF), United Fund, and many more.

Tampa is a better place because of Pat Carter. Her inspiring work and leadership has created a path for all women to make their community better.

Previous Sustainer of the Year Honorees

1970  Sylvia Corral Vega
1971  Georgia Cornelius MacDonald
1972  Madeline Pasqual Gibbons
1973  Jane Hughey Hewit
1974  Louise Lykes Ferguson
1975  Martha Sale Ferman
1976  Elizabeth Whidden Himes
1977  Nancy Torbett Ford
1978  Helen Ayala Davis
1979  Catherine Ortmeyer Healy
1980  Lois Wilson Garrett
1981  Nancy Lee Woods McKay
1982  Cecile Lee Burnett
1983  Ruthanne Padgett McLean
1984  Jean Ann Ramsdell Cone
1985  Susan Sossamon Bulger
1986  Ann Lowry Murphey
1987  Joanne Hecker Frazier
1988  Isabelle Swift Ferrell
1989  Mia Carnariis Hardcastle
1990  Wynette Howell
1991  Barbara Barritt Romano
1992  Stephanie Mills Chapman
1993  Rosemary Harris Henderson
1994  Stella Ferguson Thayer
1995  Patricia T. Daley
1996  Cecelia Davis Ferman
1997  Sally Lowry Baldwin
1998  Sylvia “Nootchie” Vega Smith
1999  Betty Hall Wood
2000  Lora Warren Hulse
2001  Joan Hedrick McKay
2002  Cody Fowler Davis
2003  Betsy Barron Stagg
2004  Adele Marsicano Clarke
2005  Martha Robbins Hall
2006  Mary Frost Feingold
2007  Sally Shapard Hill
2008  Frances Hyer Reynolds
2009  Judy Polk Lawson
2010  Sarah Jane Rubio
2011  Helen Robbie Williams
2012  Joy Robinson Bell
2013  Harrison Flynn Giddens
2014  Robin Robson Gonzalez
2015  Cynthia Daley Coney
2016 Mary Lee Nunnally Farrior
2017 Robin Wright DeLaVergne
2018 Barbara Harvey Ryals