In 1993, a group of Harbor Hills women were determined to make a difference by sponsoring a golf tournament to raise funds for local charities. Though many years have gone by, the annual Holiday Golf Tournament continues to be the charity’s premier fundraising event. This year, the December 4th event will include chance drawings, a silent auction and a special dinner.
Harbor Hills Ladies Charity President Leslie Nisun explains that the charity has no overhead. All money raised goes directly to organizations in our community. Robin Meyers, Lake Hills School principal, said the special needs school for 187 children is “so grateful to have the support of the Harbor Hills Lakes Charity. The donations help fund the purchase of expensive adaptive equipment essential for our students.”
Lake Hills School was one of many recipients of more than $54,000 raised by the charity last season. Others included the Christian Food Pantry, Fruitland Park Elementary, Community Medical Care Center, The Villages Elementary School, The Haven and the Forward Paths Foundation.
On Monday, October 24th, all ladies residing in Harbor Hills are invited to attend the Annual Charity Luncheon at Harbor Hills Country Club. Learn what the charity does for the less fortunate in our area and our plans for the coming year. Hear from our recipients and how they put the money to such good use. It’s the perfect time to sign up to volunteer your time, talent or treasure.
To attend the luncheon, make your check payable to HHLC. The $24.00 per person check is due by October 10th and can be dropped off at the Pro Shop or the home of Billie Neese. For questions, contact Billie at 757-234-9198 or Janice Johnson at 954-294-3085.
Wondering what the Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is planning for an outstanding 2022-2023 season? Club president Shirle Mabie guarantees members will be delighted by the variety of entertaining programs each month.
October’s inaugural luncheon will be held at the Continental Country Club’s restaurant, Paulie’s at The Oaks. This will be our first opportunity to socialize and review the programs for the remaining season.
Join us in November for a program created by Jeanette Cataldo, sister of Harbor Hills resident Nancy Steriti. Jeanette is a commercial and residential designer with more than twenty years of experience. Jeanette will share her unique tips on decorating and accessorizing our homes.
Want to be the very best version of you? December’s program is all about graceful aging. Welcome Tina Whitt, DNP, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor at the University of West Florida. Tina will share her passion for wellness with her extensive knowledge in the field of looking and feeling young. Greet January 2023 with an exceptional storyteller and one of our favorite authors, Cassie Dandridge Selleck. During February’s evening program, magician Cesar Dominico will amaze and entertain you with his magical talent.
Our March program, “Changes Boutique,” is an upscale shopping experience with Florida-friendly clothing for all women. Tea time is the theme of our April program. Join us for a lovely cup of tea at Cheers restaurant in the Stonecrest Country Club. Bring along your heirloom teacup or teapot and don’t forget your favorite hat or fascinator.
The season concludes with an exciting surprise! Join us in May to find out what will be an amazing last luncheon of the season. Email email@example.com for information on club membership and events.
Allen Jenkins – President
If you happen to stop by the Golden Corral on the first Wednesday of the month, you may meet up with The Sophisticated Gents of Florida. The Gents group is a non-profit organization within our local tri-county area. The club was formed in 2005 and now boasts over 130 members. Many are retired professionals of various backgrounds who have relocated from all parts of the country.
Allen Jenkins is the president and explains that the club has a “keen interest in matters that affect communities of color.” Friendship and brotherhood are always welcomed from any ethnic group with shared values. Members volunteer to support in a range of local programs including election poll monitoring, student mentoring and other events which support civic organizations and schools.
One of the club’s missions is focused on uplifting youth from underserved communities. High school students are mentored and encouraged to graduate and realize their dreams of a brighter future. Coupled with The African American Club of The Villages, over $280,000 in scholarships have been funded during an eight-year period.
On Wednesday, October 19, the Sophisticated Gents of Florida and The African American Club of the Villages welcome the public to a very special golf tournament at Harbor Hills Country Club. The proceeds of the Friendship Scholarship Golf Tournament will support scholarships for selected high school seniors in Sumter, Lake and Marion.
The tournament format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The $100 donation per golfer includes cart, green fees, lunch, prizes and more. A lunch-only ticket is also available for $35. Registration deadline is October 5. To participate or sponsor, contact Chair Bill Munnerlyn at 614-330-8131 or Co-Chair Bill Davis at 719-332-6922. Visit www.sophisticatedgentsfl.org for more details.
ALL GERMAN CAR SHOW
The Third Annual All-German Car Show will be hosted by Harbor Hills Country Club on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Show & Shine” will include up to 150 vehicles. Sponsoring Villages clubs are Mercedes-Benz Club of The Villages and The Villages BMW Z Club. The show is open to all German vehicles.
Mike Roth, President of the M. Benz Club of The Villages explains that his affinity for German cars is due to their high level of engineering excellence and craftmanship. German auto production also excels in safety and technological advances. In 1978, while scouting for the “cheapest luxury car in California,” Roth became the proud owner of a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300 SD Turbo Diesel. He enjoyed his green-silver ride for the next 13 years. Joining The Villages community in 2017, Roth’s love of the brand inspired him to create the M. Benz Club. Starting with only one other like-minded neighbor, the club now boasts 290 members.
In keeping with the Octoberfest theme, entertainment will be provided by The Villages German Band. Vendors including Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville and Gettel Automotive Group will offer products and services. Trophies will be awarded for Best of Brand and second and third places in addition to Best of Show. Lunch and beverages can be purchased at Harbor Hills Country Club. Registration is $35 per vehicle. After October 1, registration is $50 per vehicle.
All proceeds support The Villages Dollars for Scholars. College and vocational scholarships are awarded to students who are local residents. Their mission is to help our local students achieve secondary education through accredited universities, colleges, community colleges and technical or trade schools.
To register for the show on-line, visit https:tinyurl.com/agcs2022. Then click the orange TICKETS button. For more information, call Mike Roth at 513-646-6523.
The Harbor Hills championship golf course overlooks scenic Lake Griffin. It’s the perfect setting for a very special charity golf tournament. On September 16, the 23rd Annual Lake Sumter State College Athletic Golf Classic takes place.
Lake-Sumter State College is home to the Lakehawks. In addition to academic excellence, the college offers an array of intercollegiate athletics. Included are women’s beach volleyball, volleyball, softball, men’s baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s track.
Lake-Sumter State College athletic director Mike Matulia is excited for the annual golf classic at Harbor Hills. The event raises money for the athletic program and provides scholarships to student athletes who excel academically during their high school careers. “Harbor Hills does a tremendous job with the logistics and making our event special for our guests,” Mike explains. It will be a great day for “fun-raising” for the athletics program. Prizes include longest drive, closest to the pin, an exciting putting contest and a 50/50 drawing.
Sponsorships are greatly needed and start at only $100. The highest tier includes a $500 scholarship in the sponsor’s name as well as golf for four, sponsorship logos, special recognition, season passes for various games banners and more. It’s a great opportunity for local business exposure. To participate or sponsor a golfer, contact Matulia at 352-323-3645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first Monday in September is Labor Day. This is a special day that honors the American labor movement and pays tribute to the working men and women who help our economy prosper. It originated in 1882 as a “Workingman’s Holiday” honoring the industrial foundation of our great country.
Could those hardworking men and women ever have imagined how labor has changed? Today’s technology has altered almost every aspect of familiar tasks. Speaking into my television remote to select a show amazes me. I remember getting off the couch to change the channel! The camera on my phone is more powerful than the one around my neck. The coronavirus pandemic significantly increased our dependence on technology. FaceTime and Zoom visits often replace real-life visits with family members who live out-of-state. Even a doctor visit can be managed on-line.
To recall the original spirit of Labor Day, I have a challenge for you. Give yourself the day off from your daily tasks. Log off the computer, tablet and cellphone that connect you to your daily routine. Then relax and appreciate a device-free afternoon with friends, a scrapbook-inspired walk down memory lane or any device-free hobby that you enjoy.
Harbor Hills Country Club members and guests are celebrating Labor Day in style. Red, white and blue-decorated carts will make their way down our picturesque fairways in a four-person scramble. A traditional Labor Day cookout follows. Golf and lunch are $35 for members, $75 for guests. Lunch only is $30 per person.
Honor those hardworking Americans we celebrate today. Stay safe and welcome to our returning residents and those new to our area.