About Us

MISSION STATEMENT

A Celebration of Friends, Inc. mission is to provide warm, comfortable, safe and engaging gatherings recognizing and promoting self-worth, dignity, kindness and friendships of and within our senior population. To that end, we strive not only to host celebrations of our seniors, but family type reunions of our friends and brothers through supportive connections within our nationwide and international scope.


Tom (Tomcat) Pence; Founder and President of A Celebration Of Friends, Inc. 

A Celebration of Friends, Inc was founded by Tom Pence, a former U.S. Marine, who realized early on that "Maturity Matters" in this youth-oriented gay world and that there was a need for seniors to be celebrated.  

Operating on a tight budget, the first Celebration was held in 2002 in New Orleans, LA.  The next decade, Tomcat moved ACOF to yearly Celebrations in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach.  2014 witnessed the ACOF enjoying central Florida at The DoubleTree by Hilton on International Drive next to SeaWorld, where it will also be in 2015.

In October 2011, the ACOF and Tomcat was acknowledged by Tuesday's Angels for giving over $100,000 to Fort Lauderdale area charities.  

Over the past 14 years, more than 5,000 men have participated in these annual Family reunions and over $160,000 in charitable donations has been raised.

Tomcat’s unquenchable spirit and dedication has maintained the Celebration’s credo “We’re all in this together!!! . . and together, we Can Make A Difference!!!”tomcat9722@aol.com

Alain Lecusay, Vice-President ACOF/AHOF

Born in Cuba, Alain came to this country when he was ten years old.

Upon graduation from high school, Alain enlisted in the Marine Corps to travel the world. And travel he did, spending the next twenty-five years visiting the Pacific Rim, Kenya, Jordan, Somalia, China and Australia before retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Alain is currently working for one of Florida’s local City Police Departments in the data entry field. He believes in the ACOF and the need for the A Celebration of Friends so deeply, he gladly volunteered to be be on the Board and is one of its hardest working members.  His innocence and shyness is something not often seen in a gay environment.

Alan would love to hear from you!  alainlec@msn.com



Clark Raby, Sergeant At Arms/Logistics

Clark Raby, a native North Carolinian, lived in Atlanta for 51 years before moving to South Florida. A man of many professions; he’s been an attorney-at-law, realtor and a tennis pro. A player in many Southern League tournaments, Clark has also worked promoting tournaments in the southern region. Constantly working on winning his first Nobel Prize, Clark would love to talk with you, so send him an email – crpetrel@gmail.com.



Frank Hawkins & Joe Coulombe, Photographers, Inputers and Advisors

Have attended ACOF every year except the first year in New Orleans.

Frank collects the data for ACOF. Joe takes many of the photographs for the website galleries.

They retired in California in 2004, moved to Florida and have not regretted a single day.