The pleasure was all ours Thursday, February 19, 2015 at our 4th Annual High Tea at the Tampa Garden Center. We Celebrated our 90 years Advocating for the Children of Hillsborough County as we were joined by 100 of our friends.

Local PTA Presidents and HCC IRA members joined us on this relaxing day while enjoying sipping tea, eating wonderful foods and delectable desserts. We honored our Legacy, our PTA Founders Day and Celebrate Literacy with the Hillsborough County Council International Reading Association.

Recipients of the HCCIRA awards were honored to have their President Darlene Baker and Superintendent, Mary Ellen Elia present to them. First Place the Mary Ellen Elia Award went to Adrienne Latshaw, Media Specialist from Franklin Middle Magnet School with their Project: Super Summer Reading Program. Second place went to Karen Palumbo and Sara Ortiz from Monroe Middle School with their Project: Book-a-Palooza!

And Third place went to Jennifer Pope a Volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries with their Project: Academic clubs and mentoring. Lastly a Honorable Mention went to Denise Becker, the HEF Free Teacher Store Manager with their Project: Literacy’s Nitty Gritty.

Congratulations to all the winners.