Honoring unsung heroes

 PHOTO PROVIDED    Jack Perkins, formerly of NBC News and host of A&E’s Biography, will be the featured speaker at the Secret Society of Smoked Mullets on June 5. Perkins hosts WEDU’s “A Gulf Coast Journal,” which is funded by Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.

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Jack Perkins, formerly of NBC News and host of A&E’s Biography, will be the featured speaker at the Secret Society of Smoked Mullets on June 5. Perkins hosts WEDU’s “A Gulf Coast Journal,” which is funded by Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.

The Secret Society of Smoked Mullets celebrates the unsung heroes of Englewood.

Former Englewood Chamber of Commerce president Nita Cole started the Smoked Mullets in 1996.

“The intention is to honor people who helped create the Englewood we have today — people who have probably never been recognized with an award for their hard work and dedication,” Cole said in a statement.

The Smoked Mullets will have its 16th annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at the Fishery Restaurant, 13000 Fishery Road in Placida, where members will award a winner from 12 possible candidates: Bernie Nugent, Oz Davids, Diana Harris, Kathyn Roach, Mike Ross, Gary Schroeder, Charlie Hicks, Betty Nugent, Carolyn Pope, Jack Landis, Eric Fogo and Lou Long.    Winners are selected by the 14 past winners and their 14 secret members of the organization.

“The selection process is that names come up in conversations,” Cole said. “We want to create an award for those who haven’t received the strong recognition in the past. It’s based on what people remember in the committee.”

John Flower was the first award winner.

“We look for someone who’s made great contributions to the community in different areas,” Flower said.

Past winners include Flower, Mac Horton, Leah Lasbury, Pat Fitzgerald, Ferold Davis, Don Platt, Eunice Albritton, Tom Dignam, Billy Davis, David Dignam, Joe Czerwinski, Denny Girard, Bill Stiver Sr., and Larry Nicol.

The featured guest speaker will be Jack Perkins, a retired journalist whose career spans over 40 years, with 25 years at NBC News. Perkins was the host and narrator for many A&E’s programs, including the critically acclaimed show “Biography.”

Perkins, a resident of Casey Key, is an author and hosts PBS affiliate WEDU’s “A Gulf Coast Journal,” a monthly program focusing on Sarasota County. The show is funded by Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice and has been running for eight seasons. The program featured Tom Dignam in a June 2010 broadcast.

Cost for the luncheon is $25. Reservations are limited.

For more information, go to englewoodchamber.com  , or call 941-474-5511.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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