President's Point – September 2018

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Mark D. Baldino

Elder Care Celebrates with Real Gusto!

On the opening day of “die Weisn,” at 12 noon in the Schottenhamel tent, the Mayor of Munich, Germany taps the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. “O’zapft is!” he shouts, and revelers can drink beer throughout the festival. This year, Munich marks the 218th festival that began in 1810 in honor of the marriage of Bavaria’s Crown Prince and Princess.

Munich may be home to the world’s only authentic Oktoberfest, but here in Tallahassee hundreds gather to enjoy the spirit and spirits of the German tradition. Not merely a beer tasting, the ECS Oktoberfest is a food feast, Bavarian Oompah jamboree, and always an evening to remember. The festivities return to the Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee, on Friday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and at 6:30 p.m. for general admission.
Most importantly, the ECS Oktoberfest is an opportunity to make positive differences in the lives of many local seniors. It is the premier fund-raising event that raises awareness and support for one of the most vulnerable populations in our community – frail and home-bound seniors.

Even though ECS receives federal and state funding, we depend heavily on local support. Individual private donations, event sponsorships, and local government grants help us serve an ever-increasing population of seniors with multifold needs.

We are extremely grateful for our long time vehicle partner, Tallahassee Ford Lincoln, who has graciously agreed to become our presenting sponsor for this milestone event - our 20th. The Tallahassee Ford Lincoln management team recognizes that ECS programs like Meals on Wheels can provide a senior an entire year of meals for about the same cost as one day in the hospital, while allowing them to remain at home where they are most content and comfortable.

Thanks to an amazing staff, deeply committed volunteers, and generous donors like Tallahassee Ford Lincoln, the impact of Elder Care’s model of compassionate, community-based care will continue to remain strong as we conclude our 49th year of improving the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers in Tallahassee and the Big Bend of Florida.

We may not have the Schottenhamel tent, but we hope to see you at the Centre of Tallahassee for the best German beer, food, and music in Tallahassee!

When: Friday, 28th, 5:30 pm VIP, 6:30 pm General Admission
Where: The Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee
Details: For sponsorship opportunities visit www.ElderCareBigBend.org. Tickets are also available at the Pavilion box office or through Ticketmaster http://bit.ly/2PpfcFI.

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Mark D. Baldino
Contact me @
baldinom@ecsbigbend.org
(850) 245-5930


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