Trailmark: Getting Neighbors to Nature

TrailMark, a newer Evergreen community near St. Augustine, features parks and trails and–coming later this year–a kayak launch. These amenities are designed to grant residents easy access to the great outdoors. Lynzi Chambers, Lifestyles Director at TrailMark, plans an abundance of activities for all ages, with events as varied as a Dr. Suess birthday party and a wine-tasting evening hosted by San Sebastian Winery. Residents at TrailMark enjoy life in this community that has plenty of leisure activities to offer, both indoors and out.

St. Paddy’s Day 5K for a Cause

Lifestyle Director Justine Tucker, working with Run 4 A Cause race management company, this past March pulled off the biggest-yet 5K race event at Victoria Park in Deland, managed by Evergreen Lifestyles Management. Over 430 participants from the town and the community ran in “The 14th Annual Victoria Park St. Patrick’s Day Chase the Leprechaun 5K.” Sponsorships and registration fee profits went to benefit several organizations, including Give Kids the World, the Kiwanis Club of Deland, the Deland YMCA, and Freedom Elementary School. Justine is already looking forward to next year’s race.

Even the Littlest Lends a Hand

A little boy named Leo made a difference in his Evergreen community when he picked up discarded materials left at an entry fountain feature. Parkside community Lifestyle Director Amy Mallinder heard about it and rewarded him with puzzles and a decorated cookie. Older kids at Parkside regularly help with events and activities in exchange for Bright Futures community service hours. Mallinder uses forms developed by Evergreen specifically to record and track Bright Futures hours that go toward requirements set by this Florida college scholarship program.

Have a Heart!

In February, Vitalia at Tradition’s Lifestyles Director Leslie Boehlert planned a Valentines contribution event called Have a Heart Initiative. With her team of volunteers, she invited Vitalia residents to donate gift items for Adult Day Care seniors at nearby Port St. Lucie’s Council on Aging. Resident response was generous and heart-warming. Members of several of Vitalia’s clubs hand-made gift items, including lap blankets, doily angels, socks, and adult bibs. The seniors who received the gifts were so happy that Leslie has decided Have a Heart will be an annual event.

A Night Under the Stars

Giselle Rodriguez and 10 Lifestyle staff created a Valentine’s red-carpet masquerade dance for community residents of Bellalago, Kissimmee. The ticketed event was sold out. The venue: the pool deck of the Isles of Bellalago amenity center. The entertainment: music and dancing hosted by DJ Billy Drysdale. The food: prime rib, bacon-wrapped chicken, sides, and shot-glass desserts. Clear-top tents, strings of light, elegant table settings, and candles floating in the pool transformed the space into a party place. 56 feedback cards turned in afterward held glowing praises: “Best event ever!”

Always Something Going On!

The beautiful communities of Bridgetown and Somerset at The Plantation in Ft. Myers enjoy an exceptional calendar of events, parties, classes, seminars and trips all planned by Sandra Reynolds. One of the founding Lifestyle Directors of Evergreen, Reynolds makes sure that there are choices for everyone in these mixed communities. (Bridgetown has mostly full-time families; Somerset has a more seasonal population.) From January’s Flashy Car Cruise and Chili Cook-off to the pool bashes of summer to December’s Winterland Holiday Party, residents always have something to look forward to.

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