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The Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County Recognizes Community Leaders
April 10, 2018

On April 10th, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County held a special community celebration meeting, where they presented Tobacco Prevention Awards to local community partners who have passed tobacco free policies during the past three years.

This year marks the end of the Tobacco Free Partnership’s 3-year Tobacco Free Florida Community Interventions grant, so the partnership wanted to celebrate partners’ successes in passing community tobacco free policies. This meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss the direction the partnership plans to take for the next three-year grant cycle to continue the momentum of tobacco free policy changes.

The community partners honored at the meeting included the Levy County Fair, the Cedar Key Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, the Tri County Community Resource Center, Manatee Springs Apartments, and the College of Central Florida.

Pictured from Left to Right: Sam Cuomo and Miss Levy County Fair, Misti Brice (Levy County Fair); Beverly Ringenberg (Cedar Key Old Florida Celebration of the Arts); Beverly Gooding (Tri County Community Resource Center); Kimberly Zrowka (Manatee Springs Apartments); and Martha Chadburn (College of Central Florida).

Accepting the award for the Levy County Fair were Sam Cuomo from the Levy County Fair Board of Directors and the 2018 Miss Levy County Fair, Misti Brice. The Tobacco Free Partnership has been a participant and sponsor of the fair for several years, and the process to policy change was slow, but very well received by the community. This was the first year that the fair was designated as tobacco free with designated tobacco use areas, and it was a successful event, effectively reducing secondhand smoke exposure for the families and animals in attendance. 

Beverly Ringenberg represented the Cedar Key Old Florida Celebration of the Arts and accepted an award for establishing a tobacco free community event last year. The partnership’s sponsorship helped fund the children’s Art in the Park project, and the tobacco free policy ensured that the children had clean air to breathe as they created art. In addition to decreasing youth exposure, the health benefits of reducing secondhand smoke at the well-attended arts festival had an immediate and positive impact on the residents and visitors of Levy County.

The Tri County Community Resource Center Director, Beverly Goodman was in attendance to accept a tobacco free community event award. The Tri County Community Resource Center holds an annual spring event that is well attended by local families, and they serve several people from the tri-county area who are looking for resources to help with low-income, employment, and health and social services. Establishing a tobacco free event and grounds policy has helped reinforce a tobacco free community norm and it has protected a significant amount of people with disparities from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Manatee Springs Apartments was represented by the Apartment Manager, Kimberly Zrowka. Manatee Springs Apartments recently passed a tobacco free community policy, and they are enthusiastic partners in promoting cessation and a tobacco free lifestyle. There are several families and disparate populations who are residents of Manatee Springs Apartments and they benefit significantly from living in a tobacco free community. The partnership provided signs to Manatee Springs to help communicate their new policy.

Finally, the College of Central Florida Levy Center was represented by Martha Chadburn, a long time Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County member. The College of Central Florida was one of the first tobacco free policies passed and their new campus was designated tobacco free from the ground up. They have been dedicated partners in communicating tobacco cessation resources to their students and staff, and they have partnered with the Tobacco Free Partnership in the past to host health fairs for the Great American Smoke Out.

The work of the Tobacco Free Partnership would not be possible without the support and the efforts of all members. These award recipients demonstrated a special commitment to tobacco prevention, which is continuing to make a positive impact on the residents of Levy County. The Tobacco Free Partnership looks forward to continuing to recognize outstanding community partners in the future who lead by example.

For more information on the work of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, or to become a member, please contact Kristina Zachry at, or visit