Tom Germond Wins Beckerman Award
Tom Germond was also named a recipient of the CPF Milton & Bernice Beckerman award.

The editor of Tampa Bay Newspapers received the award at the CPF annual conference in Orlando.

In making the presentation, CPF President Wendy Murray said, "For the individual we are going to honor, think about this: 88 gallons of blood plus hundreds of platelets.

"Since 1983 this employee of the Tampa Bay Newspapers has donated that amount to Blood One.

"In 1983 he started donating blood two to three times per year. In 1993 he started donating platelets about 20 times per year.

"The blood has been used for life saving and for hundreds of medical related needs. Platelets are used mostly for the benefit of chemotherapy patients.

"He also has written numerous articles about those who donate blood, and encourages others to make donations.

"Today's recipient has served as an award-winning editor of the News Gazette in Osceola, and is the current executive editor of the Tampa Bay Newspapers.

"We are proud to present the 2015 Milton & Bernice Beckerman award to Tom Germond."

The award is presented to a member paper for community service that benefited a community charity, a fund raising event for a charity, or an employee who provided a community service.


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