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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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Aventura Isles: A Safe and Secure South Florida Community

Aventura Isles is a master-planned community of 690 single-family homes and townhomes in south Florida. Plagued by security, access, and rental-property issues, the community saw several property management companies come and go. Evergreen took over Aventura Isles in 2016, hired a new security company, implemented safety protocols, and restored balance and control in the area of rental property compliance. Props go to Evergreen staff who, in addition to the tasks mentioned above, planned quarterly meet-your-neighbor events to promote friendship and community.

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Community Manager Spotlight at Somerset

Kudos to Rachel Kanel and her team at Somerset at the Plantation. This community went through a transition in 2016. Rachel created new transition policies that Evergreen will be implementing for future Transitions. She worked together with her staff, transition committee members, and the developer like a well-oiled machine. Her Administrative Assistant Faith Stacy has implemented new procedures for ARC applications and recurring invoices that is being used by all South Florida Property Communities. In addition, Sandra Reynolds has done a tremendous job creating a lifestyle enriched property.

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Aventura Isles Community Spotlight

Aventura Isles in Miami had a complete staff change in 2016 that brought the community to new heights! They’ve done a wonderful job creating a perfect atmosphere for a lifestyle community allowing residents to enjoy the events curated just for them. The team goes above and beyond to make Aventura a fun place to live for the many residents day after day. With the direction of Dani, the team has worked with the BOD President to implement new procedures for guest entry and has worked diligently with security to make Aventura a safe place to live.

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The New & Improved Customer Care Center

2016 has been one amazing and exciting rollercoaster ride, full of many twists, turns and loops for our Customer Care Department. In the fall the department was completely revamped with new team members, new procedures, and a brand new take on how to provide World Class Customer Service to all of our callers. The department is already receiving great feedback and a positive response to the changes. We are looking forward to raising the bar in the coming year!

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Letters to Santa at Parkside

Orlando’ Parkside Lifestyle Director, Amy Mallinder, in her quest to offer “Letters to Santa” to neighborhood children, came across one letter from a little boy which came with no return address. This posed a dilemma for Amy. She wanted to ensure every child received a response to their letters. Through the power of social media and our e-blast software, we were able to locate Jacob and will be delivering his letter from Santa very soon. This is just another example of how Evergreen goes above and beyond!

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