Nearly $12,000 raised
By Steve Lee
LUTZ — Suzin Carr wears the sash as Lutz Guv’na, but she is far from the lone winner in that annual fun-filled race that benefits community organizations.
Carr said the fund-raiser total of nearly $12,000 surpassed the expectations of many, including the Lutz Civic Association, which organizes the annual race.
“Those local businesses know they’re important and that the Lutz community supports them,” Carr said.
The money was recently dispersed to numerous community and nonprofit groups. The largest amounts of $2,500 were doled out to the Old Lutz School and Lutz Fire Department. Volunteers man both organizations.
“We are grateful that so many of the local businesses helped us out,” said Eleanor Cecil, of the Lutz Civic Association. “Actually, many local businesses get excited about the Lutz Guv’na race because it is local and adds a lot of fun in the community.”
As for the remaining money, increments of $300 went to several Cub Scouts and Girl Scout troops, as well as the Civil Air Patrol, Friends of the Lutz Library, Joshua House, Junior Master Gardeners, Learning Gate Community School, Little Women of Lutz, Lutz Leaguerettes, Lutz Patriots, Lutz Elementary and Maniscalco Elementary.
The Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Women’s Club, Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Lions Club and Sports Support Association each received $250.
Additionally, each candidate designated an organization to receive a percentage of money they generated. Taylor gave additional money to the Lutz Fire Department and Old Lutz School House; Carr chose Learning Gate; Mitchell contributed to Joshua House; and Morgan picked Martinez Middle School.