ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Former Mayor of South Pasadena Dick Holmes has spent his life serving the community, and he isn’t stopping just yet. A resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, Holmes is playing an important role in the community’s fundraising efforts for the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on October 28.
“Mr. Holmes was really the catalyst behind our fundraising efforts this year,” said Melissa Krysh, Community Life Director at The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay. “He’s worked tirelessly to plan these events and has been there every step of the way leading the charge and spreading the word about our Walk to End Alzheimer’s team.”
To honor Holmes, the community has named their team “Boca Goes Green for a Cure” after the famous green benches that he has been an advocate of for more than 25 years. Holmes recently donated 10 green benches to the community, in addition to the bench that he donated last year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the green benches.
In keeping with this theme, Holmes planned the Green Bench Stroll earlier this month for residents who cannot attend the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Holmes, along with residents and associates of the community, walked four-tenths of a mile from The Fountains to the Palms of Pasadena Hospital to build excitement and raise awareness for the walk.
This event was followed by the Green Bench Charity Ball, a fundraising dinner hosted at the community. The evening featured entertainment from Eddy Dean, refreshments, and a number of opportunities to donate to the cause, including a 50/50 raffle, auction and items available for purchase from Thirty-One. More than 75 people attended the event.
“None of this would have been possible without the help of Mr. Holmes,” said Krysh. “We’re so proud to have him living with us; our residents and our community are a better place because of him.”
The community has exceeded their $2,000 fundraising goal for their Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, thanks in large part to the hardwork of Holmes. To make a donation, visit www.alz.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the community, located at 1255 Pasadena Avenue South in St. Petersburg.
About The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay
The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay is a retirement community in St. Petersburg located at 1255 Pasadena Avenue South on a 14-acre waterfront property. The community offers independent living, assisted living and memory care, with short and long-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation at The Springs, an on-site health center operated by Summit Care. The Fountains’ vibrant lifestyle includes multiple dining options, an extensive calendar of events, outings, classes, clubs and fitness opportunities. Managed by Watermark Retirement Communities, The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay is committed to creating an extraordinary community where people thrive. For more information, visit bocaciegabay.watermarkcommunities.com.
About Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc.
Watermark Retirement Communities has a thirty-year history of creating extraordinary communities where people thrive. Watermark communities are known for highly-trained associates, a lifestyle built on choice, and innovative programs including the award-winning Watermark University featuring a wide variety of engaging classes for residents and area seniors. A privately held company with a reputation of service, success, growth, integrity and financial stability, Watermark manages 50 retirement communities coast to coast, including communities in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Trinity. Visit www.watermarkcommunities.com for more information.