Remember when a few weeks ago I announced that Manny was just named Florida's MDA Goodwill Ambassador? (Blog link here if you missed that.)
Well, today was the official announcement. He got to shake hands, take pictures (lots of pictures) and just hang out with nearly 1000 others at Raymond James Stadium (Where the Bucs play).
Our family all wore royal blue shirts and silly hats. The theme was "Manny's Favorite Things". In case you can't see what's on them:
Dan has vehicles from the movie Cars. I have firetrucks. Jacob has Angry Birds. Kaley is wearing Kermit the Frog. Sam is wearing Lego Guys. Luke is wearing a crazy face. Zoe is wearing a silly face. And Manny is also sporting a Kermit cap.
This year's theme is "Hope, Strength, Cure". There were 3 families chosen. One to speak on each of those topics. I was given, "Strength". I talked about how Manny was the strongest person I know.
So many people come together to make this happen each year. There's no way to thank them all so I'll just say a group, "AMAZING JOB, everyone!"
Enjoy some of the pictures from the day.
Mr Ambassador. This is a sash that says "MDA Goodwill Ambassador". Made by Paula.
Paula also made him a red cape that says "Mighty Manny" that goes on his wheelchair. :)
This is Paula. She is the clinic coordinator and one of the nicest people I've ever met. She is a doll and she loves her job and her people!
As we were on the stage, being announced as Mr. Ambassador with Paula
One of the most spirited awards always goes to the T-Birds and this is the mascot's head! LOL
The actual tbird
At the Buccaneer boat with some of our favorite Firefighters from Pinellas Park!
In front of the field. It's torn up because they just had a monster rally or perhaps about to have it. (I forget what they said.)
The announcement on the scroll. Said "Welcome, Goodwill Ambassador, Manny Gore!"