2024 Community Leaders Breakfast

The Gulf Coast Partnership recently hosted its 4th annual Community Leaders Breakfast and Awards. Held on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, the event was a resounding success, honoring outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the community. This annual event brings together leaders, advocates, and community members to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in service to others.

Our amazing Board President, Suzanne Roberts, kicked off the morning with an outstanding welcome and opening remarks, recognizing the many dignitaries who were present in the room and acknowledging the hard work and dedication to the Gulf Coast Partnership team.

Suzanne Roberts, Chief Executive Officer - Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic and GCP Board President welcomes attendees to the 2024 Community Leaders Breakfast.

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of awards, which began with the presentation of the Shining Star Awards to St. Vincent de Paul and ShorePoint Health. Denise Dull, Executive Director of PORCH, presented the award to St. Vincent de Paul, acknowledging their exceptional work during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ian. Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch had the honor of presenting the Shining Star Award to ShorePoint Health for their outstanding efforts and dedication to the community during and after the storm. Commissioner Deutsch made sure to acknowledge that ShorePoint was the only functioning hospital within a 30+ mile radius after the hurricane devastated Charlotte County and surrounding areas.

Denise Dull, Executive Director of PORCH (middle) presents the Shining Star Award to Jerry Presseller (left) and Gary Moerke (right) from St. Vincent de Paul

The Outstanding Employer Award was bestowed upon Publix, a well-deserved acknowledgement of their commitment to the community. Chief Pamela Davis from the Punta Gorda Police Department presented the award, highlighting Publix's significant contributions to enhancing the quality of life and well-being of the community and its residents, especially during disaster.

The Mass Care Team, consisting of Carrie Walsh, Patrick Fuller, Dr. Joseph Pepe, Tommy Scott, John Elias, and Angela Hogan, received the Community Champions Award. These remarkable individuals were recognized for their exceptional service during the pandemic and Hurricanes Ian and Idalia. Lieutenant Justin Davoult from the Punta Gorda Police Department had the privilege of presenting this prestigious award.

The success of the event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. A special thank you to our Gold Level Sponsors: Gulf Coast Community Foundation in partnership with the Gould Family Trust Foundation, Charlotte County Human Services, and Community Assisted & Supported Living (CASL). Additionally, we extend our appreciation to our Bronze Level Sponsors: Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, and Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association.

A special mention goes to Stephen Lineberry of Premiere Photographic Events for capturing the essence of the event through his lens. The stunning photographs beautifully document the memorable moments shared by the community leaders and award recipients.

Patrick Fuller, Director of Charlotte County Emergency Management and Carrie Walsh, Human Services Department Director, present Charlotte County's Long-Term Recovery Plan to breakfast attendees.

The Gulf Coast Partnership encourages everyone to continue recognizing and nominating community leaders who make a difference year-round. Submit your nominations here and help us celebrate the unsung heroes in our community.

As we reflect on the 2024 Community Leaders Breakfast and Awards, we are reminded of the strength and resilience within our community. Let us continue to support and celebrate those who make a positive impact in Charlotte County.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this event, and congratulations to all the deserving award recipients!

Stay tuned for information about the 2025 Community Leaders Breakfast - Date/Time TBA.


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