The seventh annual Rat Pack Reunion fundraiser, hosted by Council on Aging of West Florida to raise money and awareness for senior programs in the area, will take place Oct. 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm at New World Landing. At the event, four local leaders will be roasted and toasted for their service to the community. They are:
Marianne started volunteering with the American Cancer Society by assisting with the Cattle Barons Ball. Following guidance that, %u201CMuch is required from the person to whom much is given; much more is required from the person to whom much more is given,%u201D Marianne currently serves as a board member for the PACE Center for Girls and the Arc Gateway. In addition, last year she became involved with Fiesta.
Nels attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison before moving to Gulf Breeze in 2000. He built and operates three local movie theatre complexes in Gulf Breeze, Pace, and Crestview. He was a member of the 2010 Mayoki Indians and the 2016 Court of Fiesta. He also serves as a board member for the Panhandle Charitable Open.
John has served as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Pensacola, Fla. since 1995. Prior to this, he also worked as a consultant to the US Department of Energy and served in the US Navy Nuclear Program. He is the president of the Panhandle Charitable Open Golf Tournament and a board member for the Edward Jones Grassroots Task Force, Autism Pensacola, UWF Foundation, WSRE Foundation Board, Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Improvement Board.
Roger began his career with Wendy%u2019s in 1970 when Dave Thomas hired him as a part-time employee when Dave opened his third restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, Roger owns the Wendco Group, which has a total of 43 Wendy%u2019s restaurants and employs a staff of over 1,200 people in Northwest Florida and South Alabama.
Now in its seventh year, the Rat Pack Reunion pays homage to the glamorous Hollywood styles of yesteryear by honoring Pensacola%u2019s own celebrities with a gentle roast, auction, dancing, dinner and more. As men sport their skinniest ties and women show off their most dazzling gowns, hundreds of individuals gather to raise funds and awareness for Council on Aging of West Florida. To date, the event has raised close to a million dollars for services like Meals on Wheels, The Retreat Adult Day Health Care Center and more programs that aging adults in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties depend upon.
Sponsors for this event include Charlie & Fran Switzer, WEAR-ABC3, Ballinger Publishing, Cat Country 98.7, Ideaworks, Skopelos at New World, Collier Merrill, Jewelers Trade Shop, Home Instead Senior Care, The Kugelman Foundation, Pete Moore Automotive, Jim & Ann Neal, Ray & Valerie Russenberger, Richard McAlpin, Bo Carter, Roger Webb, John Peacock, Marianne McMahon, Nels Offerdahl, The Studer Foundation, Joe Durant, Emerald Coast Hospice, Levin Rinke Realty, Escambia County Sherriff%u2019s Office, John B. Clark, Riesberg Institute, Hancock Bank, Impact Campaigns, and Fabadashery.
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