One of the ways that the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) continues to build interest in the nearby community of Wesley Chapel is through its many meetings, events and ribbon cuttings.

The last several years, the Chamber has been proud to name a member of the local business community as “Honorary Mayor of Wesley Chapel,” a ceremonial position awarded to the candidate who raises the most money to benefit the Chamber, as well as his or her selected charity.

Current Honorary Mayor Debbie Yeorg of The Trump Network was on hand, of course, when the three candidates for this year’s Honorary Mayor position were announced at a Chamber mixer at the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel located off S.R. 56 on July 21.

This year’s three candidates are John Negley of the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, Mitze Richeson of Cypress Creek Chiropractic and Jan Roberts of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

Negley, looking very mayoral in his top hat and tails (although some on hand at the event said all he needed was a monocle to look like Mr. Monopoly), is raising money for the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation. The theme of Negley’s campaign is “Puttin’ On the Ritz.”

Richeson, the wife of Dr. Micah Richeson, D.C., is raising money for Oasis, A Pregnancy Care Center. The theme of her campaign is “Growth 2012: Gaining Recognition of Wesley Chapel Through the Heart.”

And last, but not least, the theme of the diminutive Roberts’ campaign is “Little Jan for Big Mayor.” She is raising money for her employer, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

The event, which featured delicious food by the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on S.R. 56, amazing cakes by Betty Cakes of Dade City (which is opening a location in the Shops at Wiregrass mall) and drinks sponsored by Toyota & Honda of Wesley Chapel, was attended by more than 100 Chamber members.

For more info, call the Chamber at 994-8534 or visit the new office at 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd., #105, or

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