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New benches at Palms dedicated in honor of former volunteers

SEBRING - For the past 44 years, the Palms Auxiliary, a non-profit organization, has enhanced the lives of residents there.

This past week, the auxiliary presented The Palms of Sebring with two benches that will be placed outside for the use of residents.

The auxiliary dedicated the benches in honor of two people associated with The Palms of Sebring and/or the auxiliary for many years. They are Betty Thomas and Lester Kesselring.

Kesselring served as activities director at The Palms of Sebring for about 30 years and was involved with auxiliary. Thomas was finance director for The Palms.

In years past the auxiliary would hold fundraisers and buy items such as hospital beds, wheel chairs and other major items when The Palms was a non-profit operation, said Marcel Miranda, president of the auxiliary.

Now, the auxiliary earns revenue through a gift shop, of which Kesselring was instrumental in creating, she said.

Besides the benches, the auxiliary has been working on increasing the number of computers available in the health care center of The Palms, she said. The computers include Skype so that residents there can have video conversations with their families.

Another project was to place a concrete slab on the yard to provide wheelchair-bound residents of the health care center with a larger area where they can move around, Miranda said.


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