CaptureSARASOTA, June 4, 2015Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a not-for-profit continuing care community of distinction for older adults, celebrated its first annual MacNeil Day on Friday, May 29, 2015. The inaugural event was sponsored by The Plymouth Harbor Foundation as means of celebrating the organization’s founder, The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, born on May 29, 1911.

As it nears the milestone of its 50th Anniversary next year, Plymouth Harbor honored its founder and celebrated the past, present, and future of the thriving community. The commemorative event took place in Plymouth Harbor’s Pilgrim Hall, where nearly 150 residents and guests alike gathered to view a presentation hosted by Harry Hobson, President, CEO, Plymouth Harbor. The presentation first reflected on Dr. MacNeil’s vision for Plymouth Harbor, which was realized on January 15, 1966, when Plymouth Harbor first opened its doors to community residents, then transitioned into present and future community initiatives.

Also included in the presentation was a video containing heartfelt testimonials from historic community icons, including Tom Elliott, Plymouth Harbor’s first third-generation resident, and Judith MacNeil Merrill, the late Dr. MacNeil’s wife, now a resident of Plymouth Harbor. As Judith puts it, “John never lived here, but I live here now. It has come full circle.”

Following the presentation, guests were invited to continue the MacNeil Day celebration with a cocktail reception in Plymouth Harbor’s East Garden Atrium.

“Plymouth Harbor is a story of a man’s vision and leadership that ignited the passion of others to create a community for older adults where they could live, grow, and age with both grace and dignity. That vision continues today,” says Hobson.
The vision of Dr. MacNeil indeed continues today. Not only has Plymouth Harbor remained an icon for positive aging throughout the nation, it has created a wealth of growth within the local community. While residents and employees enjoy an active lifestyle on the Plymouth Harbor campus, they also contribute in myriad ways to the greater Sarasota community. In 2014 alone, Plymouth Harbor residents and staff completed 10,486 hours of volunteer service, as indicated in The Plymouth Harbor Foundation 2014 Impact Report. Of those 10,000 plus hours, they contributed to nearly 70 different organizations in need, including All Faiths Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Mote Marine, Children’s Welfare, and many more.

As Plymouth Harbor nears its 50th anniversary, the organization will continue to promote community involvement, enhance life both within and without Plymouth Harbor, and build upon Dr. MacNeil’s dream for a retirement community of distinction. To learn more about Plymouth Harbor, visit www.plymouthharbor.org.

About Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, founded in 1966, operates as a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for 300 residents and is centrally located on the Bay between Bird Key and St. Armands Circle with vistas of the Gulf, Bay, and the city of Sarasota. It offers customized independent living residences, home care, assisted living, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy services in the Smith Care Center. The Plymouth Harbor Foundation was established in 2012 to further ensure the appropriate stewardship of contributed funds, develop fundraising strategies that support the most positive aging experience possible, and provide funding for innovative programs and services in the region. Please visit www.plymouthharbor.org or www.facebook.com/plymouthharbor for more information.