In 1998 Neal Petrucci organized and hosted our first 90+ Luncheon. His vision was to seek out and honor people who had reached their 90th birthday. We had five honorees that year and members of our club chauffeured them to and from Treetops where they enjoyed a gala luncheon with their families. For entertainment, we had a musician who played bells. The sound was original and very pleasing. We presented our guests with certificates and proclamations from our local officials. We read a bio of their life: all we asked is that they share with us their secret to longevity.
We were proud of the outcome and did not realize then how this original and heartwarming idea would grow to eventually become our signature project. Neal passed away in 2003, two years shy of his own 90th birthday. We continue to honor his memory with this project every year and have renamed it The Neal J. Petrucci 90+ Gala Luncheon.