CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN: Col. Nathan Thomas Consummate Volunteer in His Community and for the Nation

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2,000 JROTC students in high schools count Col. Thomas as their mentor

This amazing man who marched for civil rights in Selma during the turbulent 60s is also an outstanding volunteer who, by developing partnerships with businesses and organizations, has assisted veterans in 38 states with issues such as medical, psychological, financial and family support. Approximately 2,000 JROTC students in high schools count Thomas as their mentor. When Brevard beaches need cleaning up, Thomas is there to pick up trash.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The good some people have accomplished can be summarized in a few paragraphs. With Colonel Nathan Thomas, you need a whole book.

Thomas, who retired from the United States Army after 39 years of service, doesn’t play favorites when it comes to helping, for he is ready to lend a hand to anyone who needs it.

For homeless veterans, Colonel Thomas provides food, clothing and medical and transportation assistance through Stand Down events.

Approximately 2,000 JROTC students in high schools count Thomas as their mentor. When Brevard beaches need cleaning up, Thomas is there to pick up trash.

In 2008, Colonel Nathan Thomas helped to create Welcome Home Vets, a nonprofit that honors and assists veterans from all wars.

“Nathan has demonstrated after age 70 how everyone can achieve and fulfill their goals and dreams in their beloved community, a concept which he learned from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” noted Judith Mathewson, who nominated Thomas for this year’s Central Florida Humanitarian Award.

This amazing man who marched for civil rights in Selma during the turbulent 60s is also an outstanding volunteer who, by developing partnerships with businesses and organizations, has assisted veterans in 38 states with issues such as medical, psychological, financial and family support.

In 2008, Colonel Thomas helped to create Welcome Home Vets, a nonprofit that honors and assists veterans from all wars.

Thomas also helped original Tuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel Hiram Mann remain independent well into his 90s and accompanied him on speaking engagements around the country.

When Lt. Colonel Mann passed away, Thomas stepped in to help administer his estate.

Thomas has also helped to serve more than 72 tons of basic food supplies for more than 8,000 underemployed and unemployed individuals and families from Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Cocoa.

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On several occasions, he has been instrumental in counseling veterans with PTSD and connecting medically fragile vets with the aid they needed.

Before retiring to Florida, Thomas worked for the 3M Corporation, where he advocated for the medical benefits of the LGBTQI community and their spouses.

He traveled to Haiti to build an orphanage and delivering supplies for more than 180 children.

Activist, advocate, mentor, motivational speaker, accomplished photographer, friend: Colonel Nathan Thomas is that and much more.

“Nathan is the consummate volunteer in his community and for the nation,” said Mathewson.

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2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS SET NOV. 7

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PROFILES IN SPACE COAST DAILY MAGAZINE

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created in 2009 by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.

TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2019 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2019 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and on SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com soon.

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HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL HONOREES INCLUDE:

• Evan Ernst, ‘Who We Play For’
• Healthy Start Coalition
• Community Foundation of Brevard
• Col. Nathan Thomas
• Space Coast Area Transit
• Friends of Children of Brevard County
• Lanette Sanders
• Bryan Lober
• 321 Millennials
• Brevard Zoo
• K9 Junny, BCSO Ambassador
• National Veterans Homeless Support
• Brevard Relief for Bahamas
• Rock Paper Simple
• Brevard Hispanic Center
• Pilot Club of Titusville
• Brevard Rescue Mission
• Tom and Sue Walker
• Heroes on the Water
• Love Stitches
• Matt Susin
• Bruce Buggs
• Sandra Pelham
• Denise Farias
• Brevard Civilian/Military Foundation
• Tim Deratany, Lifetime Achievement honoree

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PROFILES IN SPACE COAST DAILY MAGAZINE

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers.

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Linda Shatzer, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center
• Jama Sibley, Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital
• Janet MacKenzie, Melbourne Regional Medical Center
• April Marino, Health First’s Viera Hospital
• Catherine Shelton, Rockledge Regional Medical Center
• Susan Testa, Sebastian River Medical Center
• Pat Weber, Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital
• Dennis Jones, Parrish Medical Center

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Haywood Davidson, Hospice Of St. Francis
• Val Johnson, Hospice Of Health First
• Kareen Williams, Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice
• Leslie Miller, Vitas Hospice

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PROFILES IN SPACE COAST DAILY MAGAZINE

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by All Points, Erdman Automotive, Health First, Clear Choice Health Care, Florida Prep, Total Home Roofing, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Paper Simple, Embrace Home Loans, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House and SpaceCoastDaily.com.

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

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For more information or to make a reservation to attend the 2019 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala, call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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