For The Senior Life Foundation’s 10th Anniversary, John Thomas played hour long concerts for nearly 500 seniors in nine community senior centers. As he played tunes from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, he asked seniors to reminisce about their lives. They called out the names of the tunes, participated in a sing-along, won door prizes and enjoyed cake. This project, funded by a Community Foundation grant, resulted in donations of pianos to three senior centers that didn’t have pianos, and nine other centers got their pianos tuned.
At 72 years young, having retired from a career as a news reporter and anchor with Jacksonville’s television channel 4, with an additional 14 years as executive producer of Florida Public Television in Tallahassee, John has given himself to volunteering with The Senior Life Foundation. In addition to bringing entertainment to our senior citizens, he serves on the board of directors and assists seniors by answering the SLF emergency helpline.
John’s celebrity status makes him a highly credible spokesperson and highly effective advocate for senior citizens. For using his talents to brighten the lives of senior citizens, John Thomas was presented with the Young at Heart Award at Celebrate!GOOD 2012.