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Third Annual Pinellas Bridging Generations Luncheon
April 29, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Pinellas County business leaders gathered to celebrate and learn more about the mission of Seniors in Service in Pinellas County. Keynote speaker City of Largo Commissioner Samantha Fenger delivered a moving speech about the good that Seniors in Service provides in the community through its Foster Grandparent Program. She offered her enthusiastic support in helping launch the Senior Companion Program.
Senior Companion Volunteer Wilbur Wiggins had the whole room chuckling with his dry sense of humor as he told anecdotes from his volunteer experiences. Mr. Wiggins exemplifies the spirit of generous volunteerism in his willingness and humorous approach. When his client told him that he didn’t feel comfortable having Mr. Wiggins come to his home without paying him, Mr. Wiggins said, “I’ll have to come on my spare time then.” And when another client expressed reservations about getting the support, Mr. Wiggins said, “I’m not a volunteer; I’m a friend.”
Foster Grandparent Volunteer Janice Baxley was nervous about speaking in front of so many people, but she spoke from the heart about what a privilege it is to help children in the classroom. She sees their progress and knows that she is a part of it. Her students love her for it as did luncheon guests.
Thank you to everyone who so generously gave your time and donations to honor the mission of Seniors in Service: “to engage people in volunteerism, particularly those ages 55+, to help children succeed and elders remain independent by recruiting and training devoted and skillful volunteers.” We are truly bridging generations.
Our sincere thanks to our 2015 Bridging Generations Sponsors and Donors:
Dex Imaging (Tammie Brewer)
Grand Prize Raffle Donor:
International Diamond Center for donating a stunning 14k white gold bangle bracelet containing approximately ½ CTW of baguette diamonds.
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