Legendary basketball announcer and Manatee County resident Dick Vitale reached a milestone Wednesday when his Hall of Fame memberships reached double digits. This one was even more meaningful since it was bestowed by the Community Video Archives project.
A full house gathered at Michael’s on East to honor Vitale and fellow inductees Stewart Stearns of the Community Foundation of Sarasota, United Cerebral Palsy director Wendy Mann Resnick, philanthropists Tom and Annette Digman and educator Julie Rohr McHugh.
An excerpt of each person’s video biography was shown and it was particularly fun to see the community leaders’ baby pictures and 1970’s-era hair and clothes. Stearns had a particularly impressive mustache back in the day. And, Resnick’s video included some glamour shots of her days as a Playboy bunny, complete with ears and fluffy tail.
Event chair Chris Pfahler introduced the Digmans, who are supporters of Manatee Community College. In her introduction, Pfahler announced that MCC had changed its name to the State College of Florida, drawing a roomful of surprised gasps. Tom Digman thanked college president Dr. Lars Hafner and got a laugh when he told Hafner that he wasn’t sure he fully approved of the new school name.
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Archives founder Annette Scherman welcomed the crowd and recognized her co-founder, Jan Wilhelm, visiting from California. Long-timers will remember Jan and her husband, Bob, from their days here when Bob was with the Arvida Corporation.
Also seen were Northern Trust’s Gardner Sherrill, Selby Foundation executive director Dr. Sarah Pappas and the Manatee Community Foundation’s Marilyn Howard.
Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years.