21st Annual Military Appreciation

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

2 - 4:30pm


A grand salute to Tampa’s armed forces, this event is the Chamber’s opportunity to recognize the contributions of MacDill Air Force Base to our community.

Come out and celebrate with the Tampa Bay community on Friday, February 22 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. for an afternoon of networking, food, and entertainment as we recognize and honor our military. This year we're shaking up the format of the event with a networking reception featuring live entertainment from JT Douglas and Busch Gardens. We'll also have great food set up throughout the Sheltair hangar from Gaston's Culinary Services and drinks from 3 Daughters Brewing.

Featuring remarks from Danny Burgess, Executive Director of Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is the premier entry point of entry for Florida's more than 1.5 million veterans. The agency operates a network of seven state veterans' homes and provides statewide outreach to veterans with their earned services, benefits and support. Burgess, an Army Reserve Captain, is a life-long resident of east Pasco County. Born and raised in Zephyrhills, he attended Zephyrhills High School  and the University of South Florida. At the age of 18, he was elected the youngest city council member in the history of Zephyrhills and the youngest elected official in the State. He served two terms on the City Council before going to Barry Law School to get his law degree. He served as Mayor of Zephyrhills from 2013-2014 before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014. From 2016-2018 he served as Chair of the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.

The Chamber has a very special relationship with our military community here in Tampa and there's no doubt that MacDill Air Force Base and the personnel stationed throughout the bay area play an integral role in the Tampa Bay community. Not only does MacDill have a $3 billion economic impact, but the role that the service members stationed here play in our community is noteworthy. Each year we recognize the military members here in Tampa Bay not only for what they do on base day-to-day, but also for their involvement and contributions in the community.

We hope you'll come and meet the men and women from MacDill that we're proud to call our neighbors and community partners!

Attire: Business Casual


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For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Staci Fraser at sfraser@tampachamber.com.