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Freedom is not Free that is why we honor the Men and Women who have sacrificed for our Freedom! Neither is the Parade.

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Meet the Board

Terry Fortino
8710 W Hillsborough Ave
# 142
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Miscellaneous Information:

Terry UTB Citizen of the Year 2011Keeping my hand on the pulse of the Town N Country Community as a volunteer board member of many non-profit organization. Through the hard work of the volunteers of Michelle's Kids we Put Big Smiles on Little Faces throughout Hillsborough County.


Johann and I have been married 38 years and lived in Town N Country Tampa since 1987.

We are active in the community and on the Board of Directors of Michelle's Kids, inc. a non-profit organization in the Town N Country area which provides children and families in crisis with assistance for specific needs through donations financial, merchandise, and time by individuals, companies, and foundations. We facilitate an annual Toy Drive which through community support provides Christmas gifts to over 300 children of needy families in Town Hillsborough County.

Town N Country has one of the largest Veterans Day Parades in the State. The 20th annual parade will be Saturday November 9, 2013 10:00 on Hanley Rd. This parade is produced by volunteers in partnership with the Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, local businesses, and community volunteer support. I now serve on the Veterans Day Parade Board also.

As a volunteer for the Town N Country Optimist Club I fill the role of network administrator for the local website and email accounts.


Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Town N Country Citizen of the Year 2011

Town N Country Optimist Club Citizen award 2011


Volunteer endeavors include:

Veterans Day Parade Group, Inc. - Adminstrator, Volunteer Board Member 2009-present

Michelle's Kids, Inc. Christmast Toy Drive - Adminstrator, Volunteer Board Member 2009-present

TNC Optimist Club President 2013-2014

  • TNC Optimst Club President 2012-2013
  • TNC 50 Going Gold Anniversary Party as the graphics chair, advertising chair, logistics chair, and fund-raising coordinator.
  • American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Town N Country.
    • Online Chair 2008
    • Event Chair 2009 & 2010 - Our Relay grew from 6 teams in 2008 to 24 teams in 2010 with 8 youth teams.
    • Online Chair 2011.
    • Online Chair 2012

Mission Statement

The Veterans Day Parade Group, Inc., is an all volunteer non-profit organization. Our mission: is to organize and execute the Tampa Bay Veterans Day Parade. To honor and thank all U.S. Military Veterans for their sacrifices, promote patriotism in our community, perpetuate a positive image of American Veterans, and foster pride in service to our country.

Contact Us

Veterans Day Parade Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 262125
Tampa, FL 33685 USA