Letters to the Editor

Darrell Turner a civic treasure

Darrell Turner, owner of Turner Tree and Landscape, is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for his Bradenton landscaping business.
Darrell Turner, owner of Turner Tree and Landscape, is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for his Bradenton landscaping business. Bradenton Herald

It’s most unfortunate that one of the extraordinary players in Bradenton/Manatee County has fallen to bad times. Please, let us not forget the numerous years when Darrell Turner and Turner Tree & Landscape exhibited a strong commitment to our community both through his time and resources to help neighbors in need.

There are numerous nonprofits in our community who have benefited from Darrell’s personal philanthropy for decades, and the seniors in Manatee County are just one of many. At Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, Darrell has been a supporter of ours for over 20 years. Darrell has served on our Board of Directors, including as chair, and been an annual sponsor for over 10 years.

Throughout his tenure on our board, Darrell personally hosted numerous events to benefit the programs of Meals on Wheels Plus, including the Food Bank of Manatee. Darrell’s passion and commitment helped our organization open a community center for active adults at Renaissance on 9th. Without his perseverance, the organization would have lacked the necessary resources to build the Enrichment Center on 9th Street West.

Back in 2009, Darrell Turner was the recipient of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund’s Fifth Annual John A. Clark Humanitarian of the Year Award, another example and recognition of Darrell’s commitment to the community. Very recently, Turner Tree & Landscape was recognized when Darrell created a memorial garden to honor Rick and Coni Fawley at Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Office in March of 2016.

These recognitions and accomplishments are only a few highlights of what Darrell has achieved in Manatee County. Our organization has truly benefitted from Darrell’s personal investment to Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee and the numerous clients, both seniors and children in our community, who have also been fortunate for Darrell’s dedication.

Maribeth Phillips, chief executive officer, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County

Bradenton

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