MOBILE – Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast has plans to recognize former Mobile County District Judge Michael E. McMaken by naming a street after him. McMaken served on the bench for more than 25 years before retiring in October of 2012.
In a prepared statement, GES said McMaken was a “significant part of the prosperity and success of our organization,” and the organization plans to commemorate his support by unveiling a new road named in his honor.The designation honors McMaken as an important and dedicated supporter of Goodwill Easter Seals, where he spent 25 years on the Board of Directors, including a year as Chairman of the Board.
“Mike’s dedication to helping those with special needs started within his own family. His
daughter, Michelle, who has Down syndrome, has participated with Goodwill Easter Seals’ programs since she was a child,” the release reads. “Mike’s legacy at GES includes Kaleidoscope, a day program for adults with disabilities and a cheerleading team for special-needs children, both of which his daughter, now age 24, is still a member.”
A dedication ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of Judge McMaken Drive will be Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Goodwill Easter Seals’ Gordon Smith Campus located at 2440 Gordon Smith Dr. A reception is scheduled to follow in the auditorium.
A link to McMaken’s judicial biography can be found here.