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We Enjoy Active Living, Fun and Games in the Sun At The Fourth Annual St. Pete Games

February 16, 2018

At Eckerd College, more than 300 senior residents from around Florida enjoyed Westminster’s St. Pete Games, with outdoor festivities, games and fitness opportunities

ST. PETERSBURG, February 16, 2018 – In the sunlight on a pleasant Friday afternoon at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, nearly 400 Westminster Communities of Florida residents from nine active senior living communities around Tampa Bay and throughout the state came together for Westminster’s fourth annual St. Pete Games. This year’s event featured outdoor lawn games and a tai chi demonstration by the residents. The objective: Have fun in the great outdoors! Attendees competed as teams by community in a variety of games to celebrate active living and wellbeing for seniors.

The St. Pete Games showcase wellness for residents enjoying active living with the support of Eckerd College students and faculty. Residents enjoyed tai chi, corn hole, ring toss, a foam javelin throw and more — plus live music and dancing. Eckerd College students helped to put on the games and tabulate the scores, for inter-generational opportunities to learn more about seniors and their interests.

Garry Hennis, Westminster Communities of Florida chief operating officer, celebrated the day’s intent. “Today is all about fun — and we know that Westminster knows how to have fun!” Hennis said. “Let’s go and enjoy the great outdoors!”

“We’re so glad to be celebrating with great weather, wonderful music and a great time together,” said Eckerd College chaplain Doug McMahon. “On behalf of our president and everyone here at Eckerd College, welcome!” The St. Pete Games are hosted by Eckerd College as part of the university’s partnership of lifelong learning with Westminster Communities of Florida.

More than 400 residents were at this year's St. Pete Games from all around the state. "We came down from Tallahassee, and we're having a really good time here," said Sue Gambill, a resident at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee. "My best event was cornhole. I did really bad in some events. But I still had fun!"

"I'm out here to have fun! I stay active and have a good time in this beautiful weather," said Buz Smith of Bradenton. "My community, Westminster Point Pleasant, is going to win!"

Congratulations to this year's winners: First place went to to Westminster Towers of Orlando! Second place was Westminster Point Pleasant of Bradenton, and third place to Westminster Shores of St. Petersburg.

Westminster Communities of Florida, the state’s largest not-for-profit provider of active senior living, emphasizes whole-person wellbeing for its older adult residents. With communities in Bradenton, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and Winter Park, the organization serves nearly 7,000 residents statewide with a lifestyle featuring active living, wellness and lifelong learning.


Westminster Communities of Florida's Chaplain Program Featured in The Presbyterian Outlook

January 26, 2018

Walk Jones, chaplain and director of church relations, is committed to helping residents stay involved in their faith for as long as possible. “Residents have different theologies, practices, styles and even worship different gods. In a pluralistic world we cannot assume anyone is from any expected religious background,” says Jones. Read his article, “Chaplains and congregations together: Meeting spiritual needs of continuing care retirement community residents,” on the The Presbyterian Outlook’s website.


Westminster Baldwin Park Opens Innovative New Dining Venue, Highlands Market

January 19, 2018

Prepare your taste buds for a delectable, new dining experience! Westminster Baldwin Park has opened Highlands Market, the newest attraction to join this brand-new neighborhood of Westminster Winter Park. 

Highlands Market is an exciting and innovative new concept for dining in senior living, with a quick-service café featuring gorgeous interior decor, fresh produce, a brick oven, and indoor and outdoor dining tables that accommodate approximately 80 guests. The newly constructed bakery and cafe is open seven days a week, serving freshly-prepared cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a marketplace built specially to serve Westminster Baldwin Park residents, Highlands Market also offers assorted pastries, local juices, seasonal jams, plus various grab-and-go items.

Highlands Market is an innovative casual dining venue that offers residents variety and choice with a strong emphasis on fresh ingredients and exciting restaurant-style menus.

Mario DeLuca, Director of Resident Experience for Westminster Communities of Florida, says, “The residents enjoy dining at Highlands Market because they have options and enjoy choosing from local comfort favorites to edgy, inspired dining. We believe that it’s about choice and the expectation of food being deliciously authentic.”

Residents visiting Highlands Market find that the venue features three marketplaces—The Bakery, The Hearth, and Fresh Seasons Grill—each offering a diverse array of made-to-order dishes that offer a current and original menu every day. Visitors are first attracted to the assortment of muffins, cookies, and bread rolls on display at The Bakery. The Hearth offers an assortment of flatbreads and rotisserie chicken, soups and side dishes. Fresh Seasons Grill comes alive at suppertime, serving a complete dinner including selections like grilled angus beef filets, pork chops, grilled chicken, shrimp scampi, crispy salmon, burgers and more. Written in chalk on eye-catching risers, Highlands Market proudly displays its four-part philosophy of cuisine reflected in every dish: Seasonal, fresh, simple and local. 

With a surge in business during dinner service, the Dining Services team aims to make dining a destination every day.

“We’re proud of what we have created,” says DeLuca. “Each station is designed with the right equipment mix to change and flex the menus keeping the dining venues interesting and an all day destination for residents and their guests.

Assistant Director of Dining of Westminster Baldwin Park Everett Kornbrek is so proud of the launch and the exciting menu that his team can offer. “We’re allowed to be more creative here,” says Kornbrek. “And we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from residents. They have been happy with the food, environment and staff.”



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