The clouds rolled away as the temperature rose for a beautiful January day in Florida. Perfect for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Guests were greeted with acoustic music by Cliff Munson and Linda Coram, members of The Good For Nothin’ Band. Mentors, mentees, and Business Partners of the New Horizons Mentor Program gathered in the shade of the new pavilion made possible by a grant from the St. Joe Community Foundation. The tables and benches were generously donated by Laura and Tom Dever.
Margaret Tidmore, coordinator of the mentor program, applied for the St. Joe grant. Laura assists in the mentor program, along with Tammy Hughley.
Brian Baber, Business Partner and Student Advisory Council Chairman, was the MC for the event. He described how Margaret started the mentor program 21 years ago — after she retired. She envisioned an outdoor shade pavilion where mentors and their mentees could relax, talk, and enjoy the outdoors together. Many said it couldn’t be done, but she persisted in seeing her dream become a reality.
One of the student mentees asked to speak, and boldly shared how thankful she was for her mentor and the mentor program.
Afterward, mentors and mentees enjoyed cookies under the pavilion while others played at the new basketball hoop nearby, paid for by Business Partner donations.
“We’re very thankful for the generosity of the St. Joe Community Foundation,” said Margaret, “in making this shade pavilion possible for the students, and also for Laura and her husband, Tom, providing the beautiful tables and benches.”
The pavilion will be enjoyed by all New Horizons Learning Center students, as a place to enjoy each other’s company outside in the shade.