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FCSports Introduces President, Names Award Winners at Wachovia Member Celebration

Florida Citrus Sports celebrated its annual Wachovia Member Celebration at Church Street Station�s Cheyenne Saloon tonight, naming its president for 2008-09 while honoring its finest through the Member Service Awards. FSN Florida and Sun Sports senior vice president and general manager Cathy Weeden was inducted as the organization�s 32nd president, while Wachovia regional president Marshall Vermillion was named recipient of FCSports� highest service honor, the Howard Palmer Award.

The Wachovia Member Celebration celebrated the start of the 2008-09 Florida Citrus Sports (FCSports) season with the induction of its new president and honored members who have dedicated time and effort to the not-for-profit organization. Chief among those honorees was Vermillion, a long-time member of FCSports who has volunteered for the organization for 27 years.

�Marshall Vermillion is a perfect example of the type of selfless leaders who have built this association over the past 62 years,� said FCSports executive director Steve Hogan. �And when you look to the future, you know you are on the right track with someone like Cathy Weeden assuming the role of President.�

Weeden was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Sun Sports and FSN Florida in July of 2007 after having re-joined the networks in March, 2002. Prior to returning to Orlando (she is a graduate of UCF), she served in the same capacity for FSN Arizona, a post she held for two years. In her current position, Weeden oversees the networks� programming, production, advertising sales, marketing and promotions, affiliate relations, media relations and administration.

The prestigious Howard Palmer Award is a tribute to the FCSports member who continually strives to make significant contributions to the organization and its efforts without regard for personal recognition. Presented since the 1989-90 season, the annual award recognizes a �lifetime� of service to FCSports. Past honorees include Vernon Hinely, Elmer Cook, George Nahas, Yogi Moore and 2006-07 recipient Mike Vestal.

Vermillion is the Regional President with Wachovia Bank, a position he has held since 1988. In that role, he oversees regional administration and general bank operations including retail banking, business banking, and commercial banking in Central Florida. Under his leadership, Wachovia has been a dedicated sponsor of FCSports, including the title sponsorship of the Member Celebration event where Vermillion was recognized.

As an individual volunteer, Vermillion joined FCSports in 1981 and was added to the board of directors in 1989. Moving on to the executive committee, he served as treasurer and vice president before being elected president in 1997. He has been instrumental in recruiting new members, including several who helped spearhead the organization�s leadership as well. Vermillion also currently serves on the board of the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization.

In addition to the Howard Palmer Award, FCSports recognized other members who gave superlative efforts during the 2007-08 season. Those award-winners included:

Lolalisa King…………………………………………………………………………………… Rookie of the Year

Lisa Keating…………………………………………………………………………….. Chairperson of the Year

Ron Patterson……………………………………………………………………………… Volunteer of the Year

FCSports Presidents

Cathy Weeden…………………… 2008

Ford Kiene…………………………. 2007

Tony Martin………………………… 2006

George Nahas…………………….. 2005

Dick Rivera ………………………… 2004

Richard Jackson………………….. 2003

Jane Hames……………………….. 2002

Bill Dymond………………………… 2001

Jim Hinson…………………………. 2000

Bill O�Toole…………………………. 1999

Harvey Massey……………………. 1998

Marshall Vermillion……………….. 1997

Chuck Ogilvie……………………… 1996

Tommy Thompson……………….. 1995

Rich Fildes…………………………. 1994

Jack Prevost……………………….. 1993

Jeff O�Hara…………………………. 1992

Bob Moore…………………………. 1991

Butch Von Weller…………………. 1990

Bob Mathieson……………………. 1989

Paul Roddy………………………… 1988

Don Dizney………………………… 1987

Council Wooten…………………… 1986

Manny Garcia……………………… 1985

John Lord…………………………… 1984

C.K. �Pete� Cross………………… 1983

Vernon Hinely……………………… 1982

Sam Hines…………………………. 1981

Harold Holt…………………………. 1980

Jeff Clark……………………………. 1979

George Stuart……………………… 1978

Will Gieger…………………………. 1973-77

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