|BRADENTON, FL, August 27, 2013– Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is pleased to announce that one of its Daybreak Adult Day Care Center clients will be reaching 100 years of age on September 4, 2013.
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will host a 100th birthday celebration for Donald Thompson on Wednesday, September 4th at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St W, Bradenton from 10am-2pm. Special entertainment, speakers, and activities will occur throughout the day.
The celebration will commence at 10am; Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh will present the official Donald Thompson Day proclamation, Congressman Vern Buchanan’s special assistant Gary Tibbets will relay a letter of congratulations on behalf of the Congressman, and Representative Jim Boyd’s assistant will read a proclamation from the Florida House of Representatives. Thompson’s favorite lunch, spaghetti and meatballs will be served at 12pm, followed by birthday cake at 1pm.
From his service in the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II where he was an active participant in the invasion of Saipan, to his 30 plus years at General Motors, he has indeed lived his life to the fullest. Thompson is an avid card and cribbage player and enjoys reading western novels. Mr. Thompson has been a member of the Meals on Wheels “family” since 2005 and exemplifies “successful aging,” the goal of Meals on Wheels PLUS programs.
“Donald is the de-facto leader of our Men’s group,” says Gene Chilton, Manager of Daybreak Adult Day Services. “He inspires his peers and others to maintain a positive attitude about the aging process.”
About Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee – Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is a 4-Star Charity, as rated by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator and is the winner of the 2013 Overall Non-Profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Since 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has been providing nutritional assistance and caring, supportive services to individuals in their homes or in centers throughout Manatee County, helping them to continue to live independently. Over 60 percent of the Meals on Wheels PLUS funds must be raised through local donations, grants, and fundraising projects. For information on how to donate or volunteer, go to www.mealsonwheelsplus.org or call 941-747-4655.