On his 70th birthday this past May, Papa Doug was honored to receive his own celebratory day from Ron Roberts and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. In an official proclamation, Supervisor Roberts and the Board declared May 31, 2012 “Papa Doug Manchester Day” across the county.
Papa Doug is commended for his leadership and dedication to San Diego and its people. Outlining notable ventures including Manchester Financial Group, the San Diego Convention Center, and the innovations at U-T San Diego; the proclamation lauds Papa Doug as a “true industrialist” with “urban vision” and gives a peek at his plans for further downtown San Diego development. The proclamation also credits Papa Doug for his numerous charitable contributions to SDSU, Scripps Memorial Hospital, the Monarch School, and many other local organizations.