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Neighborly Celebrates 40th Anniversary on October 26, 2006 Minimize

We're 40 years old and proud of it! Neighborly Care Network has grown a lot over the past four decades and it has been quite a ride. Now we are about to enter the most important and thrilling time of our existence. Our first 40 years were all about preparing for what is to come. And now the future is looking incredible.

Neighborly President/CEO Debra Shade and Motion Picture, Broadway & Television Star Debbie ReynoldsWhat better way to celebrate a 40th anniversary than a party -- and Neighborly did just that. On Thursday, October 26, 2006, Neighborly held a gala luncheon at the Hilton St. Petersburg, Carillon Park, emceed by the wonderful Fox 13 News Anchor John Wilson. Guests not only enjoyed delicious food, but also the charm and wit of motion picture, Broadway and television star Debbie Reynolds, who served as keynote speaker.

A caregiver herself, Ms. Reynolds truly believes in Neighborly's mission of "improved health, wellness and independent living for individuals and families."

Our three major sponsors for the event were WellCare, Raymond James, and GA Food Service, and we are very grateful to them for their generosity and continued support. Pictured below at the head table are (l-r) MT Sattaur (WellCare), guest speaker Carole Green (Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs), Neighborly President/CEO Debra Shade, Ken LoBianco (GA Food Service), Emcee John Wilson, Debbie Reynolds, Neighborly Board Chair Jim Gillespie, and Court James (Raymond James).

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our Emerald Sponsor, BB&T, as well as the following additional sponsors for helping to make this special event possible:

Brown & Brown

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland
Gray Robinson, P.A. Evercare
Airport Business Center           James R. Gillespie
Cornerstone Bank Ken and Marilyn Howard
Independent Living Systems Alfred T. May
St. Pete Automobile Dealers Assoc. Thomas Stepanovsky, Jr.

Before being totally enchanted by Ms. Reynolds' keynote speech, which was both hilarious and poignant, Neighborly recognized nine outstanding individuals/corporations with special awards for their exceptional dedication and commitment to Neighborly and those we serve.

Winne Young

Volunteer of the Year (given for exceptional volunteer service)
Vern Rood Length of Service Award - Volunteer (32 years of service)
Jan Verhoeve Length of Service Award - Staff (30 years of service)
GA Food Service Corporate Award (given for outstanding corporate support to Neighborly Care Network)
St. Petersburg Times Aging Image Award (given to an individual or media group that has produced stories that raise public awareness of Neighborly or issues relating to seniors)
Dr. William Hale Special Achievement Award (given for outstanding support and demonstration of personal commitment to Neighborly's mission)
Bentley Lipscomb Community Service Award (given for public service that demonstrates outstanding support and commitment to the community through human services)
Ruth Eckerd Neighborly Legacy Award (given to the individual or couple who has shown exemplary philanthropic generosity)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis Legislative Award (given for significant contributions toward the advancement of elder issues)

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