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Paul Thorpe is shocked by the 120 people waiting for him as he steps through the door.

PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Paul Thorpe is shocked by the 120 people waiting for him as he steps through the door.

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Mayor Suzanne Atwell, Danny Bilyeu, Bishop Henry Porter and Gail Moore
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Mayor Suzanne Atwell, Danny Bilyeu, Bishop Henry Porter and Gail Moore

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Sandy Thorpe with her mother in law JoAnn Thorpe, friend Mike Pender and husban Paul Thorpe III
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Sandy Thorpe with her mother in law JoAnn Thorpe, friend Mike Pender and husban Paul Thorpe III

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Ron Soto presents Paul Thorpe with a plaque from the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Ron Soto presents Paul Thorpe with a plaque from the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association.

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Don Adamec presents Paul Thorpe with a collage board of Thorpe through the years.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Don Adamec presents Paul Thorpe with a collage board of Thorpe through the years.

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Phil Pagano with Mary and Terry Hart
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Phil Pagano with Mary and Terry Hart

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Peter Fanning and Dina Lareau
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Peter Fanning and Dina Lareau

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Paul Thorpe walks into a room full of 120 people for his surprise party.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Paul Thorpe walks into a room full of 120 people for his surprise party.

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Paul Thorpe is overwhelmed when he enters the surprise party.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Paul Thorpe is overwhelmed when he enters the surprise party.

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Mayor Suzanne Atwell presented Paul Thorpe with the key to the city.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Mayor Suzanne Atwell presented Paul Thorpe with the key to the city.

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Doug Brough, Diana Sanders with her husband Rick and Bill Carman
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Doug Brough, Diana Sanders with her husband Rick and Bill Carman

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Dede Curran, Eileen Wallace and Susan McLeod
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Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Dede Curran, Eileen Wallace and Susan McLeod

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Chris Baer, Ron Soto, Wendy Getchell, Don Adamec, Ron Soto’s wife Kim and father Fred
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Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Chris Baer, Ron Soto, Wendy Getchell, Don Adamec, Ron Soto’s wife Kim and father Fred

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A Slice of Heaven made the cake.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | A Slice of Heaven made the cake.

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A Slice of Heaven made the cake for the party. They designed it to reflect Paul Thorpe and his achievements in downtown Sarasota.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | A Slice of Heaven made the cake for the party. They designed it to reflect Paul Thorpe and his achievements in downtown Sarasota.

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Barbara Strauss put a photo of Paul Thorpe age 12 onto a photograph from a 1928 Sarasota Parade and joked that he really was at the first Sarasota parade. Paul Thorpe organizes the Sarasota holiday parade every year.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Barbara Strauss put a photo of Paul Thorpe age 12 onto a photograph from a 1928 Sarasota Parade and joked that he really was at the first Sarasota parade. Paul Thorpe organizes the Sarasota holiday parade every year.

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Mayor Suzanne Atwell presents Paul Thorpe with the key to the city.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Mayor Suzanne Atwell presents Paul Thorpe with the key to the city.

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Allie and Jim Cantonis and Connie Thomkins
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Allie and Jim Cantonis and Connie Thomkins

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Guests silently wait to surprise Paul Thorpe as he walks through the door.
PHOTO GALLERY : Celebrating Paul Thorpe

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 | Guests silently wait to surprise Paul Thorpe as he walks through the door.

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