Metro Wellness & Community Centers Announces Annual Honorees

Metro Wellness & Community Centers Announces Annual Honorees

For its annual event benefitting LGBTQ+ community programming, Metro Wellness and Community Centers is naming three outstanding awardees that represent excellence and leadership in our Tampa Bay community. The awardees are Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Christina Burke, and Todd Richardson. This year’s event will feature a “PeaCocktail Party” theme.

As a member of the current St. Petersburg City administration, Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin has exemplified the art of acceptance in her recognition, support and celebration of our LGBTQ+ community while establishing a truly inclusive campaign to highlight the pillars of healthy living in our city. For her work in our community and through the Healthy St. Pete initiative, Metro will present Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin with the Robert Pope Distinguished Leadership Award, named after the organization’s founder.

In her years of dedication to Tampa Bay’s HIV community, Christina Burke’s efforts have defined what it means to “care” vs “treat” those living with HIV.  From diagnosis to daily living, her work has touched lives of hundreds if not thousands across Tampa Bay, with an approach that embodies the concept of holistic. Burke will be recognized withThe Spirit of Excellence Award.

For his tireless and unwavering dedication and passion to serving Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ+ community that extends above and beyond his day job as a champion of equality, Todd Richardson will be presented with the Dr. John Barnett Outstanding Service Award.

The “PeaCocktail Party” will be held Saturday, November 10th at the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, from 7-10pm. At just $50, tickets include an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, live entertainment by Jennifer Real, Exquisite Entertianers and DJ L Mo. All proceeds go towards funding essential programming for our LGBTQ+ community, seniors and youth. Visit for more information.

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