Categories include: Corporate/Business | Individual | Rising Star | Lifetime Achievement

Philanthropists of the Year honors those individuals who lead the way, in Tampa Bay, through philanthropic devotion. These leaders continually set the bar for excellence in community leadership and represent the change-makers we all aspire to be.

Nominees will be sent a nomination packet to fill out and return. The packets will be assessed during a judging session with an outside panel. Packets are required for consideration in the awards program. Finalists will be revealed following the judging session. TBBW staff has no say in who is named a finalist and who is named a winner in their respective category.

Deadline: Nominations Have Closed

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Tampa Bay Business and Wealth named the winners of the inaugural Philanthropist of the Year Awards Tuesday night, at Armature Works, in Tampa.

More than 250 people were in attendance. Presenting sponsors included the Community Foundation Tampa Bay, Pilot Bank and Sabal Trust. Gold sponsor was Valspar Championship.

Winners included:


Brooke Palmer Kuhl

President, RSBP Events + PR 


Nicole Hubbard

Regional Chief Certified Nurse Anesthetist, TeamHealth

Chief Certified Nurse Anesthetist, Tampa General Hospital


GTE Financial


Tony DiBenedetto

Founder & Chairman, Think Big For Kids

At the event, there was a silent auction that raised funds to be donated to the charity of choice from the winner of the individual category. DiBenedetto chose Feeding Tampa Bay, which will receive $3,200 on behalf of TBBW and DiBenedetto.