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ACTS Retirement-Life Communities Commemorate Homecoming Week 2012

Published On: Jun 11, 2012

The ACTS Retirement-Life Communities celebrated Homecoming Week in full force. With 23 active adult retirement communities from Pennsylvania to Florida, they hosted events ranging from veteran appreciation events to a "yappy hour" which raised $5,000 for K9 service dogs. 

Homecoming week was created by LeadingAge to encourage members to open up their communities and highlight the people they serve and the work they do. Michael Smith, ACTS corporate director of public relations, said, "As an organization we encourage our communities to participate [in LeadingAge Homecoming Week] and they don't disappoint."

Highlights of the ACTS events:

  • An intergenerational Cup Pong Tournament was arranged in the Granite Farms Estates (Media, PA) lobby as part of Homecoming Week. Sporty staff members paired up with fun-loving residents for a modified version of "beer pong" - no beer, just a little friendly competition and lots of laughter!

  • Heron Point (Chestertown, MD) celebrated with a patriotic Memorial Day Picnic. In addition to residents, members of the Chestertown Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff's Office were also in attendance. Heron Point staff and residents packed takeout meals that were delivered to police departments in their area.

  • Homecoming Week at Cokesbury Village (Greenville, DE) commenced with a very meaningful worship service celebrating Pentecost: "The Birthday of the Church." Chaplain Deb Ebling read residents' written submissions that described what the church means to them and how it has made a difference in their lives. The Sanford School Choir performed beautiful music to conclude the ceremony.

  • Washington Estates (Fort Washington, PA) residents and their families celebrated National Fitness Day with their first annual community walk. Motivated staff, residents and other members of the community enthusiastically completed the route at their own pace.

  • St. Andrews Estates (Boca Raton, FL) hosted a BBQ luncheon to local firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement at Boca Raton's Fire Station Five for Homecoming Week.

  • Indian River Estates (Vero Beach, FL) decided to combine the grand opening of their new dog park with a tail-wagging fundraiser in honor of Homecoming Week. About 12 gift baskets were raffled off at the "Yappy Hour" event in order to raise money to buy bullet proof vests for K9 service dogs in action. The event raised an impressive $5,000.

  • It was a busy week at Spring House Estates (Lower Gwynedd, PA) where residents planned and presented a touching Memorial Day Program that included honoring our veterans while presenting the flags. In addition, Spring House Estates held a Senior Consumer Fair consisting of 27 consumer advocates and four mini seminars hosted by the Office of Attorney General, AARP, Seniors & Technology Today and an expert that led a memory workshop.

  • Greeted by a restored Army Jeep used in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, residents and members of the community joined together to observe Memorial Day at Gwynedd Estates (Lower Gwynedd, PA).

  • Plantation Estates (Matthews, NC) honored 120 veterans, both residents and non-residents, on May 23 in remembrance of the Memorial Day holiday. Tom Easterling, 1st Lieutenant USAF presented a moving personal account of his service to our country during World War II.

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