HILLSDALE, Mich.—Marie Peter, a resident in Hillsdale Hospital’s MacRitchie long-term care unit, turns 105 on Saturday. To help celebrate Marie’s birthday in a safe, socially-distanced way, Hillsdale Hospital is asking the local community to participate in a drive-through parade at 11:30 am.
“Last year we celebrated Marie’s 104th birthday with a party in MacRitchie with her fellow residents and friends, but this year is a little different,” Trish Masarik, skilled nursing facility administrator, said. “We wanted to be sure and find a safe way to celebrate this milestone in Marie’s life. We would love to see 105 cars parade past the pavilion for Marie’s 105th birthday.”
Area residents are encouraged to decorate their vehicle and line up by 11:15 am at the Hillsdale United Brethren Church on Hillsdale Road. The parade will head north on Hillsdale Road, then make a left on Morry Street, followed by a right onto Walnut Street. Marie and her family will be watching from the recently-completed Anderson Pavilion on the left. Parade attendees are encouraged to wave and wish Marie a happy birthday as they drive past. Drivers will then exit the parade route by turning either right or left onto Lynwood Boulevard.
“The outpouring of love and support she received on our Facebook page for her birthday last year tells us that there are lots of great people in our community who will come out and help us give Marie an unforgettable birthday experience on Saturday,” Masarik said. “More than 1,100 people liked our happy birthday post for her 104th, so we know we can at least get 105 to come out and help us celebrate her 105th.”
No RSVP is required to participate in the parade. For questions or more information, contact Jessica Adams, activities coordinator, at (517) 437-6204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.