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Dottie Berger MacKinnon wins good government award

Tampa, Florida -- Hillsborough County Commissioners will present their 2011 Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award to former County Commissioner and child advocate Dottie Berger MacKinnon.

The award will be presented on Wednesday, May 4 in a 9 a.m. ceremony in the County Commission Boardroom, 2nd floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa.

Dottie Berger MacKinnon has championed countless causes through the years that have helped the neediest of residents.

As a child advocate, she started several homes for abused and abandoned children, including the Joshua House, A Kid's Place, and Kid's Charity.

Elected to the County Commission in 1994, Dottie Berger MacKinnon called attention to critical issues in the community, providing service and time in order to achieve success.

County Commissioners created the Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award in 1996 to annually honor an individual or group who has played a significant role in improving government through leadership and vision.

Simmons was a respected government and civic leader who served seven years on the School Board and 21 years on the County Commission.

His involvement in such initiatives at the University of South Florida, Tampa International Airport and University Community Hospital helped transform Hillsborough County from a rural county into a major urban center.

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