TMC, Pima Council on Aging salute those who have witnessed a century

IMG_0432If you were 100 years old, what would you do to celebrate life?

Tucson Medical Center and Pima Council on Aging had a chance to ask just that of 48 centenarians, who gathered at TMC for the 31st annual Salute to Centenarians – the largest known gathering in the country of those who have reached 99 years or older.

Geneva Borrowman, who reached 100 in January, starts every day with a prayer of gratitude for all she has in her life. In Geneva’s case, that’s a lot, with 55 great-grandchildren!

Don Davis, who was a star even as a kid as a child actor in silent films, celebrates by riding a bicycle – and enjoys the occasional martini (gin, straight up, one olive) on the patio in the evening.

IMG_0437For Aniceto Gonda, who was born in the Philippines 101 years ago in April and served in the Army, it’s about looking forward to each day with optimism. “And most of all, try not to worry and just live life as it comes.”

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said he was inspired by the myriad ways the collective gathering had impacted the world, from serving in the military, volunteering, staffing elections, supporting churches and caring for their families and others. “Each one of you has enriched the world and taught us about the art of living – and for that, we are all thankful,” he said.

Maya Luria, director of TMC for Seniors, applauded the group for reaching such a significant milestone. “You have certainly lived a life that has laughter and love, but at times tested your strength, your courage, your values. The wisdom you have gained and shared along the way is priceless.”

A big thanks to the elected officials who helped honor the group and for A Touch of Grey barbershop quartet, which provided the entertainment, as well as to Brookdale Senior Living Solutions for the lunch and Sierra del Sol for the cupcakes.

Do you know someone who has been on this earth 100 years?

Help celebrate the lives of 100 year olds at the annual Centenarian event.jpgHelp us celebrate their life at the annual Salute to Centenarians!

Every year, Tucson Medical Center and Pima Council on Aging join forces to create the nation’s largest known annual party for those who are 99 and older.

Our goal is to identify as many folks as possible in this impressive – and exclusive – club to celebrate their collective history, their memories and their wisdom. This year is also a special time as we celebrate our own milestone: 30 years of hosting the free event.

The event takes place Friday, May 5 at the TMC Marshall Conference Center, 5301 E Grant Road.

Please help us make sure we don’t miss anyone! The deadline to submit someone’s name is March 10, 2017. Please contact Jan baker at Pima Council on Aging at 790-0504 or email

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