WATCH: Ms. Dot’s 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon Set Thursday, Nov. 16
By Steve Wilson // November 14, 2023
11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Eddie Lee Taylor Community Complex in Melbourne
The Friday Night Locker Room’s Orville Susong, pictured with Dorothy “Ms. Dot” Linson, at the 2022 Community Luncheon. The Dorothy A. Linson “Ms. Dot” Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Luncheon will be taking place Thursday, November 16, 2023, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Eddie Lee Taylor, Sr, Community Complex, 3316 Monroe St., Melbourne, FL.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Dorothy A. Linson “Ms. Dot” Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon will be taking place Thursday, November 16, 2023, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Eddie Lee Taylor, Sr, Community Complex, 3316 Monroe St., Melbourne, FL.
This “Dive-Thru Only” meal is FREE and open to the public. Ms. Dot has been involved with community events for many years and has always put others first.
I recently spoke with her grandson, Brian Goins, and he told me, “My grandma, Dot, is a huge pillar in the Melbourne community. She gives from her heart and feeding people is an act of love from her.” He went on to say, “This is the 22nd Annual Thanksgiving, and our family is happy to serve the community with her again.”
A large crowd is expected, and drivers are asked to please follow the traffic pattern.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020 and Ecofest Achievement Award – 2022.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.