Life after 50 - are you ready?

From the President

Wow! - what a great time we all had at the gala. I appreciate all of the support of our committee, staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen. I especially appreciate the support of the community - who through sponsorships and ticket sales - helped make this our best gala ever! We raised more than $115,000 to support programs for older adults in Kent County.
We are moving ahead with the kitchen expansion. Although there will be growing pains, it is necessary in order to help us meet the growing demand for Meals on Wheels. We have received all of the bids and the project was awarded to the lowest bidder - Conventional Builders. We have a past relationship with them (they built part of our Medical Facility that houses the Hope Clinic). We look forward to working with them again. We expect work to start sometime in November, which means that we will have to close a section of our parking lot next to the building for the construction equipment. We will lose some handicap slots; however, we are dusting off our golf cart and lining up volunteers to help transport people from the parking lot to the Longwood entrance.
I want to give a shout out to all veterans. We should recognize them every month, but the week of Nov. 6-9, we are planning special recognition for those veterans who attend the Center. This includes special musical entertainment, Nov. 9.
In addition to being thankful for our veterans, November is a good time to remember all that we have to be thankful for - a free country, friends, family and MMC. I hope you will join us for a Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 16. Please invite your friends and family to celebrate with you.
A few friends I am thankful for are Don and Delores Blakey. Their Rosedale show was a sell-out and they are already planning the next show to support MMC - Harlem Nights - Jan. 19, 2018. Tickets go on sale Nov. 15 for $35 per person. They can be purchased at Member Services
Our holiday show, Magical Miracle Christmas is well into rehearsals. Ticket sales were brisk the first two days and we essentially sold out two nights of the show. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, be sure to visit Member Services soon so you won't be disappointed.
I also hope you will bring in the New Year with us. Tickets for our New Year's Eve Celebration go on sale Nov. 1 for $35 per person

Carolyn Fredricks