In partnership with WEDU PBS, The Junior League of Tampa presents The Luminaries – an annual recognition program to showcase outstanding individuals, as exemplified by inspiring leadership, commitment to lasting community impact through advocacy, and achievement of prominence or distinction in a particular sphere.

This leadership award takes recognition a step further by vividly capturing and preserving the influential stories of the award recipients through the creation of a primetime WEDU PBS broadcast of The Luminaries documentary and a permanent collection of digital biographies and display at the Tampa Bay History Center.


2018 Luminaries Award Honorees

These individuals have made a lasting impact on our community and were honored at the awards luncheon on May 11, 2018, at the Bryan Glazer JCC in Tampa.

Rosemary Henderson

Mary Lynn Ulrey

T. Terrell Sessums



Watch the 2018 Luminaries special


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