Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

"Carving up" a politician for lunch since 1978!

Past Recipients

Past recipients of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Benjamin Franklin Award:

  • 2014 - No Award
  • 2013 - Senator Mike Fasano
  • 2012 - Senator Dennis Jones
  • 2011 - Judge Irene Sullivan
  • 2010 - Governor Buddy MacKay
  • 2009 - Public Defender Bob Dillinger
  • 2008 - Chuck Rainey
  • 2007 - Betty Castor
  • 2006 - Robert Milligan
  • 2005 - Judge George Greer
  • 2004 - U.S. Senator Bob Graham
  • 2003 - Congresswoman Carrie Meek (Ret.)
  • 2002 - Bob Butterworth
  • 2001 - David J. Fischer
  • 2000 - Governor Bob Martinez
  • 1999 - Nathaniel P. Reed
  • 1998 - Richard T. Earle, Jr.
  • 1997 - U.S. Representative Sam Gibbons
  • 1996 - Senator Curt Kiser
  • 1995 - House Speaker Peter R. Wallace
  • 1994 - Rev. J.W. Cate
  • 1993 - Dr. Scott N. Rose
  • 1992 - Senator Jeanne K. Malchon
  • 1991 - Chief Justice Leander Shaw
  • 1990 - Senator Mary R. Grizzle
  • 1989 - Representative Samuel P. Bell, III
  • 1988 - Senator Lawton Chiles
  • 1987 - Sally Wallace
  • 1986 - Dr. Gus Sakkis
  • 1985 - State Attorney James T. Russell
  • 1984 - Governor LeRoy Collins
  • 1983 - U.S. Representative C.W. “Bill” Young
  • 1982 - Governor Reubin O’D. Askew
  • 1981 - Martha Rudy Wallace

Past Awards

2009 Benjamin Franklin Award

Ben Franklin Award 2009: Bob Dillinger

Bob Dillinger was surprised with the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Distinguished Leadership award at the February 9th Annual Event held at the St. Petersburg Marriott. The recipient of the Award was kept a closely guarded secret until the reading of the biographical information gave it away. The Award presentation kicked-off the evening featuring guest speaker John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent with CNBC. Mr. Dillinger accepted the Award to a standing ovation crowd of over 200 Tigers.

2008 Benjamin Franklin Award

Ben Franklin Award 2009: Bob Dillinger

The 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award was presented on January 25, 2010 to Chuck Rainey.

The Benjamin Franklin bust is custom made exclusively for Suncoast Tiger Bay Club by local sculptor Steve Dickey.

2007 Benjamin Franklin Award

The 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award was presented on December 12, 2008 to Betty Castor.

The Benjamin Franklin bust is custom made exclusively for STBC by local sculptor Steve Dickey.