ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (December 7, 2015) – On Dec. 4, PARC hosted a renaming ceremony and dedication for the new Carmela Manfrey Center for Early Intervention Services, which is PARC’s childcare program to more than 70 guests in attendance.
This event took place at PARC’s Discovery Learning Center, and was emceed by PARC board member Dick Crippen. Two of Carmela Manfrey’s five children spoke during the event, including Paul Manfrey who has been involved with PARC since 2006.
Manfrey’s mother, Carmela, passed away in 2013 at the age of 83. “With the renaming of the children’s program at PARC, my mother’s memory lives on,” Manfrey said. “My mom touched the lives of everyone she met, and her warm smile lit up every room. She loved her family, especially her children and grandchildren.”
Manfrey talked about telling his mother stories about how PARC staff would help parents of clients “dare to dream again. And I know that, as a mother of five and grandmother of five, my mother could relate to every parent having a dream for his or her child.” Manfrey’s mother did not have a child or grandchild with developmental disabilities, but he feels that at the heart of it the same lessons his mother taught him are the same lessons PARC teaches its clients daily including: “Always be kind to everyone. Give more than you receive. And most of all – treat everyone equally.”
In addition to the Manfrey family speakers, speakers during the dedication included PARC’s president and CEO Karen Higgins and St. Petersburg Chamber president and CEO Christopher Steinocher, who also led the ribbon cutting for the program.
For more information about the Carmela Manfrey Center for Early Intervention Services, call 727-341-6961.
PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.