First ladies have played an integral part in Florida's history ... more than just standing beside their husbands at big events.
Trish Hanson, the COO for Brogan Museum, says, "The role of the first lady actually I think is probably more important than a lot of people realize. They're very involved in the governor's role for the state of Florida, they get involved very much in different events and museums such as the Mary Brogan."
Family and friends of the future first lady gathered for a luncheon Monday 1-3-11 morning. Ann Scott is already making her mark in her role. She has recently partnered with the nonprofit Volunteer USA Foundation for an Inaugural Book Drive which kicks off at the Governor's Mansion Tuesday night.
But - she's not the only first lady to make an impact. Carole Crist supported many charities while Charlie was in office ... such as the Make a Wish Foundation and the March of Dimes.
Mary Jane Martinez was a librarian when her husband former governor Robert Martinez was in office. She worked with teen runaway and drug prevention programs.
Local experts say first ladies today are doing more than ever before.
Lisa Dunbar, Museum of Florida History curator, says, "They have a bigger platform to present their issues on. They have connections they can talk to people that may be the ordinary person could not."
Ann Scott is asking anyone attending the Governor's Mansion Open House tomorrow night 1-4-11 to bring a new or gently used book as part of the Inaugural Book Drive.
The News Service of Florida --
About 300 invitees crowded into the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science Monday to honor incoming First Lady Ann Scott at a luncheon featuring a half-dozen longtime friends of Florida’s soon-to-be-first couple. Many of those who spoke from a stairwell stage overlooking the room were from Naples, the couple’s home the past seven years. Others told stories of sharing time with the Scotts in Texas, Tennessee and Connecticut, the series of addresses the couple called home before moving to Florida. From the series of anecdotes, the women who spoke on Ann’s behalf described her as caring, organized, funny, a person willing to drop everything to help a friend in need. They told of sharing family stories while walking the beach, stopping for coffee and home workout regimes. Donna Tycer recalled that Ann helped her relocate from New York City following 9/11, where she had worked for Delta Airlines. “They say you find out who your true friends are when you need a friend,” Tycer said, recalling how Ann found her an apartment, helped decorate it, and even had candles lighted in it for her when she arrived from New York. The Scott daughters, Alison Guimard and Jordan Kandah, also managed to get through their tributes to their Mom. Jordan said her mother had shaped her life to the point that she often guages her own actions on “What would Ann Scott do?” And, Jordan said, “I can’t think of a better first lady for Florida.” Even Ann Scott’s mother-in-law gave her props. Esther Scott, a familiar face from the campaign trail and her son’s ubiquitous television ads – “he’s a good boy,” – said Ann and Rick were a couple with strong character. “They’re people that don’t give up,” she said.
Jan. 3, 2011 Noon --
Lots of visitors are converging on Tallahassee for the activities in honor of Florida's next governor and LT governor, but one inaugural event that happened earlier today was to honor the woman beside Florida's next Governor. That woman is Ann Scott.
The event at the Mary Brogan Museum was all about the woman who's been standing next to Rick Scott for 38 years.
Ann Scott is Florida's next First Lady and was the woman of honor at today's tribute ceremony. Born in Dallas, Texas, Ann met Rick in high school after moving with her family to Kansas City, Missouri. She supported Rick during his time in the Navy and will continue to be by his side again as Florida's 45th governor. Ann says she believes in the power of a good education and wants to help Florida's students. Ann recently partnered with the non-profit Volunteer USA Foundation for the inaugural book drive.
The event lasted until 1:30.
Coming up tonight on Eyewitness News, we'll talk to local political experts about the importance of the role of the First Lady in Florida's history.