In May 2016, three individuals took on the challenge to run for the title of Honorary Mayor of Brandon, Craig Beckinger, Chuck Burgess and George Shea. They assembled their teams and planned many fund raising events. (To see all events, click here). They inspired the community to donate to their causes. Combined, this trio brought in over $160,000 during their 33-day challenge, from June 1st through 8:00 am, Monday, July 4th. In most other years, Craig and George most likely would have received the mayoral title earning $24,069.41 and $37,000, respectively; however, this was a record breaking year! Chuck Burgess earned the title of 2016 Honorary Mayor of Brandon by announcing that his team’s efforts resulted in the amazing total of $100,500. This figure shatters the prior record of $75,001 set by James Young in 2005. By contrast, Nat Storms was Brandon’s first Honorary Mayor in 1959 collecting $500.
An awards ceremony was held in which the candidates delighted in presenting those funds to their selected charities. Photos of the candidates and their chosen Non-Profits are shown below.
Congratulations to the candidates for their superior efforts, to all who made contributions, and for the positive impact the monies have made to several local charities.
To learn more about their charities, click the corresponding logos.
Trey Curry Foundation – $2,406.94
Newsome Band Boosters – $23,863.80
Campo YMCA – $5,000.00
Bill Carey Boys and Girls Club – $10,050.00
Brandon Rotary Club Charity Fund – $10,050.00