They are the coaches, chauffeurs, caretakers, providers, protectors and spiritual guides. They are our fathers and grandfathers and their influence is profound. To their sons, they set the example and start them on Life’s path. To their daughters, Dads are their first love and a frequent predictor of their future choices in Life.
To the stepfathers who stepped up when no one else was around, to the dads who are raising kids alone, we appreciate you. To the dads, grandfathers and father figures who set us on a positive, caring, productive road, we appreciate you. In celebration, enjoy Fathers’ Day Brunch on Sunday at Harbor Hills Country Club. It’s an all-you-care-to-eat buffet featuring Dad’s favorites, including carved prime rib of beef and spectacular desserts. Dad will love the view overlooking scenic Lake Griffin. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.
Creating a loving memory between a girl and her father is priceless. To honor that special bond, Guardians ad Litem and members of the organization Voices For Children present the Father-Grandfather Daughter Dance. The event will be held Sat. July 6th at Wildwood Community Center. All funds raised benefit 2,100 children in our local counties removed by the state for their protection. To find out how you can help, visit www.voices4childrenfl.org.
There’s no better way for members to meet the exceptional fathers and grandfathers in our community than to attend the ‘Meet A Neighbor, Bring A Neighbor’ event on June 24. With two for one drink specials, live entertainment and a gourmet burger buffet, it’s a member event you don’t want to miss. Happy Fathers Day to my husband and the many deserving dads in our lives.
Summertime. Sunny days, cloudless skies, the sea and sand provide a lot to love about this season. According to wellness experts, the season also offers significant benefits to our health and vitality. Higher levels of the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, help maintain the health of our bones and teeth. Vitamin D also supports our nervous and circulatory systems as well as improving our outlook on life! Eating more fruit and drinking more water have therapeutic effects that include boosting the immune system and lowering our caloric intake. Research shows that sunlight plays a vital role in fighting many chronic illnesses as well.
In 2015, inspired by Florida’s blue skies, Harbor Hills residents Lee and Carol DiDomenico took their convertible for a drive to the town of Ozello for lunch. Several friends, also convertible owners, asked to join in for the next cruise. Since that first drive years ago, the club has grown from six couples to over one hundred members and fifty-four convertibles!
The club, affectionately dubbed the ‘Topless Club,’ has no meetings and no dues. A monthly cruise is hosted by a member who plans the most scenic routes to drive, sets up restaurant reservations and often includes sightseeing or boat rides. Destinations this season included lunch at Lilly’s On The Lake, a tour of the Howey mansion, a visit to Old Pecks Cove in Ozello, a St. Johns river boat cruise and a boat ride in Tarpon Springs.
The club supports Operation Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox and the Treat the Troops project. Membership is open to all Harbor Hills residents with a convertible. To join the fun, contact Carol at email@example.com.
Five flags wave proudly near the 16th green at Harbor Hills’ Military Memorial. Each flag represents a branch of the U.S. armed forces: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Surrounded by the serenity of the memorial, we are inspired to reflect on the achievements and sacrifices of our military the world over.
To honor our veterans, the Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club sells bricks engraved with your veteran’s name. The bricks surround our memorial. To purchase an engraved brick, contact Shirle Mabie at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Memorial Day celebration will be held for members today. Festivities include an early dedication and golf tournament. Chef Rick will provide a traditional Memorial Day cookout complete with all our favorites.
Congratulations to the community members who helped make the 2019 Harbor Hills Ladies Charity Garage Sale a huge success! The sale brought in over $6,800. The funds will be donated to the needs of the underserved in our local community. Heartfelt appreciation goes to Garage Sale Chair Roseann Cochran and Co-chair Carolyn Bowers whose considerable commitment to this project insured our success. Special recognition for their individual contributions and talents include Roger Wendelken, the Oeschger and Girard families, Price Roberts, Ted Sartin, Ellery Hathorn, Linda Fulkrod and many others.
I also have reason to celebrate! On May 25, 2015, my first article as Harbor Hills community columnist was published in The Villages Daily Sun. It has been a delight to bring you the news of our distinctive community for the last four years. Thanks to my kind readers, the Daily Sun editorial staff and the developer of Harbor Hills, Michael Rich. Apart from the Great American novel I have yet to write, this has been a dream come true.
On May 4, Harbor Hills was the honored host for the annual For Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament. This is a special celebration of life for one little girl – Malia Jusczyk. It started in 2011 with her diagnosis of a very aggressive childhood cancer known as neuroblastoma. With the help of local resident physician Dr. Jay Shaktawat and Dr. Srinivas Attanti, Malia was declared cancer-free in July, 2012. Now a healthy 10 year old, Malia is the inspiration for the For Kids’ Sake Foundation, created by her dad, Glen Jusczyk. This volunteer-based nonprofit raises money for research and treatment of pediatric cancer. It also provides financial assistance to the families of children similarly diagnosed.
Dr. Shaktawat and his associates brought the For Kids’ Sake parent and child golf tournament to Harbor Hills six years ago. He rallied local physicians to sponsor the fundraiser. “My daughter is the same age as Malia,” Shaktawat commented. “They played together and Malia’s joy and love of life never waivered. I was inspired to bring awareness and support to this remarkable child and her foundation.”
According to the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Society, “For families affected by neuroblastoma, the medical costs alone typically exceed $500,000 with many costs not covered by health insurance. This experience can devastate a family financially.” Malia’s mom, Megan, explained that only 3.8 percent of all cancer research goes to pediatric cancer.
Over ninety golfers from our area participated in this 8AM shotgun scramble. Malia herself was a strong, young contender! Mom Megan again expressed her gratitude to those who generously give their time and money to support the foundation. All proceeds benefit families struggling with pediatric cancer. For more information, visit forkidssakefoundation.org.
Line Dancers Classes:
3:00 p.m. Beginners Line Dance Class
4:00 p.m. Advanced Line Dance Class
All members are welcome. Line dancing class will teach you all the moves and steps you need to enjoy line dancing at parties or even on the squares in town. Line dancing is good for your brain as well as your body. Come and enjoy the camaraderie.
The new beginner line dance started on Tuesday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. Regi has taught 10 dances already, so if you have a little experience in line dancing, you can still join us. We dance on the carpeted area in the Harbor Room next to the Grille Room, so sneakers with deep treads are not recommended. Shoes that allow your feet to slide on carpeting are best. Please email Regi at email@example.com with any questions. There is no fee. The class is open to all members of the Harbor Hills Country Club.