North Manchester, Indiana (April 25, 2017) – Maury Musselman is excited about Peabody Retirement Community’s 19th Annual Tulip Festival beginning this Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. The upcoming celebration marks Musselman’s third year as a Peabody resident and festival attendee, but the first year as Peabody’s Ambassador of the One-Mile Tulip Walk fundraiser to benefit the Honor Flight Network.
“We couldn’t think of a better ambassador for this year’s Tulip Walk,” says Peabody Assisted Living Sales Director, Angela Woolard. “Maury and Miriam, his wife of more than 60 years, are a delight and true ambassadors for Peabody each and every day. But when we named Honor Flight as our charity benefactor, and Maury was awarded a seat on one of the flights, we knew we had the perfect ambassador to kick off this special day of activities.”
Known as “Maury and Mim” around the community, the life-long farming couple turned over their farm to their son and moved to James B. Peabody Inn Apartments in 2014.
“Downsizing wasn’t easy,” Musselman says. “But we’re spoiled now. It’s a nice place to live and we can still get out and about anytime we like. Peabody is just 17 miles from the farm and 14 miles from our church. So the location is perfect. Plus, we enjoy all the bus trips—from sight-seeing to restaurant nights.”
When asked if he was looking forward to this year’s Tulip Festival, Maury quickly admits that it’s always fun. “We enjoy the live entertainment, the vendors—and, of course, the tulips,” he says. “We always go. It’s tradition.”
According to Musselman, “I was honored to be named Peabody’s Ambassador and I’m especially honored to be participating in Honor Flight Northeast Indiana’s Flight #24 next month.”
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The charity transports Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.
In 2016, the Honor Flight Network flew 20,558 Veterans on commemorative trips, including 8,453 Korean War Veterans like Musselman. Maury served 15 months during the Korean War as a dental assistant on the Fort Sheridan U.S. Army Post in Illinois.
For Musselman’s Honor Flight, Peabody’s Tulip Walk Ambassador will take off on Wednesday, May 24, at 6 a.m. from the 122nd Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne to make the one-day trip to tour the memorials on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The public is invited to welcome Maury and his fellow heroes home by gathering at Fort Wayne International Airport in the ticketing area and outside on the sidewalks, beginning at 8 p.m. The return flight is scheduled to arrive at approximately 9 p.m., weather permitting.
To help support the Honor Flight Network, the public is invited to take part in Peabody’s One-Mile Tulip Walk on Saturday, April 29. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the registration tent on the Peabody campus at 400 W. Seventh Street in North Manchester. The $10 registration fee will be donated to the Honor Flight Network, and the walk begins at 10 a.m.
For questions about Saturday’s complete 19th Annual Peabody Tulip Festival lineup of activities—scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—visit the community’s website at PeabodyRC.org or call
(260) 982-8616. Entrance to the festival is free and open to all.
About Peabody Retirement Community
On 33 acres of tranquil and pristine beauty in North Manchester, Indiana, Peabody is a continuing care retirement community offering a complete range of residential and healthcare lifestyle options including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and memory care. Here, the lives of senior adults are enriched through recreation, education, and culture in an atmosphere of grace, compassion, and respect. To learn more, call (260) 982-8616, toll-free (800) 545-6220, or visit PeabodyRC.org.
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