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2019 UF/IFAS Awardees to be recognized at the Dinner of Distinction

UF/IFAS is pleased to announce the honorees to be recognized at this year’s UF/IFAS Dinner of Distinction event. This celebration recognizes the commitment of individuals and organizations to the UF/IFAS mission of teaching, research and Extension.

2019 Award Recipients

UF/IFAS Champion

Paul J. DiMare | Miami, Florida

Legislative Leader

Senator Kelli Stargel | Lakeland, Florida

Legislative Leader

Representative Lawrence McClure | Plant City, Florida

Volunteer of the Year, presented by SHARE Council

Tracy Duda Chapman | Oviedo, Florida

CALS Alumni & Friends Horizon Award

Tory M. Moore | Lakeland, Florida

CALS Alumni & Friends Award of Distinction

Michael A. Joyner | Maitland, Florida

Extension Advocate Award

Brittany H. Lee | Gainesville, Florida

Industry Partner Award

Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Assoc. | Orlando, Florida


The 2019 UF/IFAS Dinner of Distinction will be held September 27, 2019 at the Hilton UF Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. Reception will begin at 6 pm with dinner and program at 7 pm.

Registration is open until Friday, September 20. $75 per person. Table and student sponsorships available. For more information and to view past awardees please visit

Guests are also invited to  join fellow alumni and friends at the 22nd annual CALS TailGATOR  before the UF v. Towson football game. For more information visit

For questions or more information about the event, please contact Caylin Hilton at 352-392-1975 or email