TBBW presents the winners of the 2023 Philanthropists of the Year Awards

Individuals, companies and foundations were honored for their philanthropic work at Tampa Bay Business and Wealth’s Philanthropists of the Year Awards on November 7, at Armature Works, in Tampa.

In addition, Physician Rahul Mehra, founder and creator of Emotional Vaccines, was honored as TBBW’s recipient of the Philanthropists of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presenting sponsors for the event were the Community Foundation Tampa Bay, Duke Energy, LMCU and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. The event was sponsored by Valspar Championship | Copperheads and the ReliaQuest Bowl.

The Valspar Championship | Copperheads donated $10,000 to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Mehra chose the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast and Tampa Bay for the recipient of the evening’s silent auction proceeds.

Here is the list of 2023 winners:

Rising Star

Ray Mohler Jr.

Founder, chairman and CEO

Little Saint Nick Foundation

Volunteer of the Year

Bryan Cameron Stern

Founder and CEO

Project DYNAMO

Corporate Foundation

Lazydays Employee Foundation

Family Foundation

Bullard Family Foundation


Smaller category (0-499 employees)

SME Solutions Group


Larger category (500+ employees)

GTE Financial


Connie Gage

Real Estate Professional

Smith & Associates Real Estate

Lifetime Achievement

Rahul N. Mehra, M.D.

Founder and Creator of Emotional Vaccines

Emotional Vaccines/National Center for Performance Health

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