Council on Aging's Annual Rat Pack Reunion Raises $100K11/05/2015

Council on Aging's Annual Rat Pack Reunion Raises $100K

Nearly 350 individuals attended the fifth annual Rat Pack Reunion on October 23, 2015 at New World Landing, in support of Council on Aging of West Florida and its programs. At the event, four local business leaders including McGuire Martin, Lumon May, Collier Merrill, and Charlie Switzer, were honored for their leadership and service to the community.

"Everything came together just beautifully," said DeeDee Davis, chair of the Rat Pack Reunion Committee. "From the gorgeous decor, delicious dinner by Chef Gus Silivos, welcome by Senator Don Gaetz and master of ceremonies Bob Solarski, roasting of our rats and dancing to the tunes of Ol' Blue Eyes...we could not have asked for a more exciting way to celebrate these generous community leaders while raising support for local seniors."

This year's Rat Pack Reunion tradition included the second annual Rat Race 5K in Downtown Pensacola. The gala and 5K raised more than $100,000 for Council on Aging.

Sponsoring at the Golden Nugget level are Jim and Ann Neal; Jewelers Trade Shop; Teri Levin; The Kugelman Foundation; TLC Caregivers; WEAR ABC 3/WFGX MyTV 35; Ballinger Publishing; Ideaworks, Cat Country 98.7/NewsRadio1620; New World Landing; The Studer Foundation; Brian and Crystal Spencer/Ray and Valerie Russenberger; Pete Moore Automotive; McGuire Management Group; Goose Island Beer Company; Escambia County Sheriff's Office, David Morgan, Sheriff; Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty, & Proctor, P.A.; Charlie and Fran Switzer; Gulf Power Company; Joe Patti's Seafood and Great Southern Restaurants.

Sponsoring at the Flamingo level are Hancock Bank; Home Instead Senior Care; Travis and Tara Peterson; Levin Rinke Resort Realty; Ed and Esther Turner; Vinyl Music Hall; and Tom and Katrina Pace.

Sponsoring at the Sands level are John B. Clark; Robert and Angela Mills; Capt. Flack and Kathleen Logan; Lamar Advertising; Carmen Jones Photography; Shirley and Jim Cronley; Coastal Bank & Trust; Lois B. Lepp, Attorney, P.A.; Valley Services; John L. Peacock, Jr, CFP, CRPC Financial Advisor; Baptist Health Care; Health First Network; Sheree Le Mon Properties, LLC; Moose and Lynn Morris; Fabadashery; Meg Burke Photography; Sammy's Management; Bill Strength Photography; Robert and Clair Montgomery; Barry Beroset and Laura Keene; Downing and Linda Gray; and Jessica Forester Photography.

For more information about the Rat Pack Reunion or to sign up to support next year's event, contact Brandi Gomez at 850.432.1475 or email

Photos courtesy of Meg Burke Photography. View the full photo gallery here!

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