City of Tampa to Celebrate Women’s History Month

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Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award to be presented at celebration.

The City of Tampa will hold its 21st Annual Women’s History Month Celebration on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Ballroom D, located at 333 S. Franklin Street.  The celebration is free and open to the public. 

Mayor Bob Buckhorn will present Regina McBride-Smith, Recreation Team Supervisor II, with the 2017 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award. For 33 years, Regina McBride-Smith has served as a role model in the Parks and Recreation Department. She is an Ambassador of the Teen Intervention Program, and received the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. She is also the founder and director of the Trailblazers Youth Athletic Ministry, which has reached over 1,200 youth. The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was created to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community. The award is presented in memory of Josephine Howard Stafford who served as an Assistant City Attorney for 24 years. Ms. Stafford was the first female judge in Hillsborough County and a pioneer for women’s issues, both professionally and in the community.

As part of the event, Colonel Jennifer R. Crossman, Vice Wing Commander, 6th Air Mobility, MacDill Air Force Base, will present the 2017 MacDill Air Force Base Women's Appreciation Award, honoring an outstanding female member of the military at MacDill AFB.

The keynote speaker will be Lynn Pippenger, Senior Vice President & Treasurer (Retired), Raymond James Financial. A native of St. Petersburg, who once worked for the iconic Webb City, Lynn Pippenger began working for Raymond James in 1969. She created the firm’s first Human Resources department and launched an internal educational program now known as Raymond James University.

Ocea Lattimore, Director of Logistics and Assets, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The celebration will be recorded and replayed at a later date on City of Tampa Television, Frontier Fios Channel 15 and Charter Spectrum Channel 640. It will also be available for viewing on the City of Tampa’s Youtube channel:  

For more information on Tampa’s Women’s History Month Celebration, including past JHS Memorial Award winners, please visit

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262