Local Comedian And Philanthropist To Speak At Edgewood March 18

Irish eyes will be smiling, and laughing, as Douglas Manly of Fredonia takes the stage during the next installment of “Edgewood Community Presents …”

Originally from Rochester, Manly served in the United States Navy from 1944-46. After returning to the states, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

For 40 years, Manly held a variety of positions in the food processing industry. When he retired in 1989, he was the president and CEO of RHM Grocery Products. After his retirement, Manly continued to volunteer his time and talents to the food processing industry and served as a volunteer consultant, working on projects in Africa, China and Europe.

Also an advocate in his own community, Manly and his family established a scholarship in memory of his late son David, to provide financial support to high school seniors. As a result of their community-minded actions, Manly and his wife, Ann, were honored with the George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award in 2010.

Hosted by Lutheran and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, “Edgewood Communities Presents …” will take place on Tuesday, March 18, at the Juliet J. Rosch Activities Center on the Edgewood Communities campus. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The program will begin at 7 p.m. as Manly is interviewed by Greg Peterson. A question-and-answer session will follow.

This event is free and open to the public although the Lutheran staff would like to know how many individuals are attending. Please make reservations by calling 665-8197 by Friday.