The day started out just as any other, a beautiful summer morning.
It was, however, the fourth of July. For organizations like ECHO, the fourth of July means many things, not only is it our nation’s birthday and celebration of Independence, but it is also a day we can connect with the Brandon community. In addition to that opportnity, one of our board members, Cami Gibertini, was running for honorary mayor. Her charities of choice were ECHO and the YMCA. By 9 am, we were alerted that she had raised enough funds to become the honorary mayor, narrowly edging out a formidable opponent in financial planner, Barbara Schwabe, representing Center Place. In all, both candidates raised together nearly $72,000 for Brandon charities!
Next up was the parade. ECHO’s blue classic car was driven by Cami’s husband flanked by volunteers and board members, Kathy Collins and Lori Libhart. Miss ECHO, Kaitlyn Fuson, proudly waved to the adoring crowd as they passed.
As we celebrate our nation, we also celebrate community! ECHO is proud to be part of the Brandon community!