Grandparent's Day

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Brian Spector

City of Pembroke Pines Celebrates Grandparent’s Day

Pembroke Pines, FL (August 27, 2019) –  Please join The City of Pembroke Pines in honoring and celebrating Grandparent’s Day, celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, with a breakfast in the main hall of the Carl Shechter Focal Point Community Center Campus, located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines, on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.  This free event for registered SWFP Center members (membership is free) is on a first come, first served basis.  Members must present their SWFP membership card to take part.  Additionally, there will be entertainment, Silver Sneakers and Zumba classes, activities, games and much more.
The concept of Grandparents Day started in 1970 when a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, introduced a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents. McQuade made it her mission to educate people about the important contributions that both senior citizens made and then ones that they would be willing to make if asked. She also encouraged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience. Through her efforts and those on the part of civic, business, church, and political leaders, this campaign grew.  Today, the event is observed by millions of people throughout the United States. 
The Inaugural Grandparents Day was declared in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore. However, it wasn’t until 1978, five years after its West Virginia inception that the United States Congress passed legislation declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The proclamation was signed by then President Jimmy Carter.
Membership at The SWFP Center is free.  For additional information about The Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center, its upcoming events, classes, workshops or rental availability please call 954-450-6888 and ask for the Activities Desk or visit   
The community is encouraged to learn more about the City of Pembroke Pines’ latest Events by subscribing to Pines Media on YouTube, by reading the city’s newspaper City Connect, or by checking the City’s Facebook page at, and @cityofppines for Twitter and Instagram. Residents with Comcast can view Pembroke Pines Media programming on Channel 78, and residents with AT&T U-Verse can view programming on Channel 99 and click on Pembroke Pines TV.   

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