Welcome to the summer edition of the “Members Giving Back” series, through which we’ll feature some of the wonderful work being done by the members of the Trilogy communities.  There are so many philanthropic projects either wrapping up, in full swing, or on the horizon for the Trilogy members, that this edition is split into two articles.  Several of the Trilogy communities are highlighted in this article, and several more will be featured in “Caring Communities – Summer Edition, Part 2,” to be published on the Trilogy Life Blog later this week.

Read on to discover the many ways in which Trilogy members are giving back to the community – and if you’re already a member of Trilogy, find out how you can make a difference, too!

Members Giving Back at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes
After hosting the very successful “Fandango Fashion Show Fundraiser” in May to support the Dana Adobe Children’s Program in Nipomo, the Trilogy Service Club (TSC) of Monarch Dunes is now kicking off a new philanthropic effort within the community.  TSC members are collecting school supplies and backpacks to support students in need at local schools, at Domestic Violence Solutions Shelter, and at Children’s Resource Network.  Trilogy at Monarch Dunes members are asked to bring backpacks and/or school supplies to the next Member Griller (by the pool) on July 26th.  Or, supplies can be placed in the donation container located in the mail room.  Donations must be received by August 27th so that they can be distributed to students in need before the new school year begins.

Suggested donation items include:

  • Backpacks (all ages/boys & girls)
  • Paper (wide rule & college rule)
  • Notebooks (single subject,
  • 3 or 5 subject)
  • Binders (1”, 1 ½ “, 2”)
  • Two pocket folders
  • Mechanical pencils with lead refills
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens (any color)
  • Pencils
  • Sharpeners
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Paper clips
  • Binder clips
  • Small stapler, with staple refills
  • Rulers
  • Scientific calculators, regular calculators
  • Planners
  • Dividers

Your generosity will give local students the tools they’ll need to have a successful academic year!

In other philanthropic news, Monarch Dunes is holding its first annual tournament to raise funds to benefit The Breast Cancer Fund at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation. The tournament will be held on Saturday, August 3, and all Trilogy members and guests are invited to participate. The format is a two-person scramble, so grab your favorite golf buddy and sign up today!  Sign up sheets are located in the Monarch Club mail room.

The major source of fund raising for this tournament will come from a portion of the entry fee, as well as from memorial signs. Rather than asking businesses and individuals to be tee sponsors, everyone is offered the opportunity to have a “memorial” sign (or signs) placed on the course to remember or honor a loved one or friend.  These signs are available for $25 each, and even if you are not golfing, you are welcome to request one or more of these signs.

The Breast Cancer Fund at AGCH Foundation provides mammograms and other diagnostic services to local women who do not qualify for other funding for such services.  If Trilogy at Monarch Dunes members have any questions, they are asked to contact Ann McGlynn, whose phone number can be found in the Member Directory on MyTrilogyLife.com. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Members Giving Back at Trilogy Orlando
Just over a month ago, the Wildflowers Garden Club of Trilogy Orlando hosted a successful Bake & Plant Sale fundraiser, thanks to the participation of their fellow Trilogy members.  Proceeds of the sale were used to sponsor three children to attend Wekiva Youth Camp, as the Garden Club has done for three years in a row.  Those who attended the Plant & Bake Sale gathered at the tennis pavilion for a special breakfast with the Garden Club members, which included a fundraising raffle.  The Garden Club thanks all who participated in this fundraiser to send kids to summer camp.  Garden Club member Marie D’Amato sends a special thanks to all who participated in this fundraiser for “such a worthy, happy cause.”  She also thanks all who donated and baked delicious rum cakes, carrot cakes, pineapple upside down cakes, cupcakes, feta & spinach turnovers, yogurt, fruit cups, and other breakfast items and dessert goodies!  It was a deliciously successful event!

Wekiva Youth Camp is a residential nature camp for 3rd through 8th grade children.  This camp is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs with the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the “Real” Florida in our youth, as well as a knowledge of nature, the importance of conservation, and the protection of our environment. It is accredited by the American Camp Association.  Campers do not have to be Florida residents. While at camp, boys and girls enjoy a unique outdoor living and learning experience, with close supervision. They explore the importance of conservation for the future of Florida and our planet. The camp’s motto is “Campers Today – Environmental Leaders Tomorrow.”

For those who were not able to attend the May fundraiser – or who would like to do more for this cause, there are still opportunities to offer your support.  Trilogy members are asked to collect UPC Codes from Campbell Soup, Swanson, V-8, Pepperidge Farms, Franco American, Betty Crocker, Post Cereals, and Progresso Soup containers to support the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ Wekiva Youth Camp. Through the Labels for Education program, the camp will receive free items such as art supplies, computers, walkie-talkies, microscopes, Life Preservers, folding tables, and more. Check your pantry and ask friends, family and neighbors for their labels.  Together, we can help a child enjoy a week of fun in nature!  For more information, please contact Marie D’Amato, whose contact information can be found in the Member Directory of MTL.

Members Giving Back at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge
The Trilogy for Kids organization at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge is busy, busy, busy this summer!  Trilogy for Kids members are currently preparing for their biggest fundraising event of the year:  the Trilogy for Kids Annual Benefit Gala on September 27th and 28th.   This event includes a fabulous auction and culminates in a fun-filled evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres for all who participate. Members will be able to bid on services, activities, and a variety of fantastic items by means of a silent auction or raffle.  Would You Like to Spend a Romantic Night in a Tree house?  Or delight a grandchild with a birthday party for 20 at the Microsoft store? Or perhaps invite your best friends to a private wine tasting for 20?  These are just a few of the unique opportunities that will be available at the Trilogy for Kids’ 9th Annual Benefit & Gala fundraiser in September.

Trilogy for Kids is now making their final call to Trilogy members to contribute to the success of the auction by donating items or special talents, such as the following:

  • Wine (individual bottles, tours, tasting, cases)
  • Tickets to Sporting Events, Symphony, Theater, Opera
  • Use of a Condo or Summer Home
  • Home services like, house cleaning, window washing
  • Catered dinner at home or a catered holiday party
  • Adventures like fly-fishing, hot-air balloon rides, helicopter/plane rides
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Dog walking – Pet sitting
  • Knitting, piano, fishing lessons etc.
  • Retail gift certificates, grocery, gas etc.
  • Gift Baskets
  • Alterations
  • New or very gently used items
  • Computer repair/lessons

This past year, the generosity of the Trilogy community enabled Trilogy for Kids to share $17,000 with Kiwanis Camp Casey, Redmond/Sammamish Boys and Girls Club, Friends of Youth, Page Ahead, Ryther, Eastside Academy, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Academy, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Eastside and Camp Korey.

Please contact members Irene Peksa or June Bruno (whose phone numbers and email addresses can be found in the Member Directory of MTL) if you would like to donate an item or service. The last day that donations will be accepted is Wednesday, July 31, 2013!

Members Giving Back at Encanterra Country Club
The entire country was shaken by the devastating loss that was suffered by the community of Yarnell, Arizona this past month during a wildfire.  The lives of 19 firefighters were lost, and the lives of their families and loved ones were forever changed.  Encanterra members are coming together as a community to show the families of the fallen Yarnell firefighters how grateful they are for the ultimate sacrifice made by their loved ones.  Now through July 18th at noon, Encanterra will be gathering donations for the ‘100 Club of Arizona,’ an organization that will help to support the families of the fallen.

The staff at Encanterra wants to encourage everyone in the community to take part in this fundraising effort.  Therefore, if the community reaches $3,500 in donations, they will host a $2 happy hour for Encanterra members.  If the goal of $5,500 in donations is reached by 12:00pm on Thursday, July 18th, they will serve free happy hour food that evening.

In addition, all who donate will receive a red ticket for a raffle drawing, with items to include bottles of wine, sleeves of golf balls, dining certificates, certificates for services donated by the Alvea Spa team, wine showcase tickets, event tickets, and more.

Those who donate $100 or more will receive a ticket for a special raffle for a dinner for two cooked in their home by Chef Brandon of Bistro 1528 and his culinary team.

Donations can be made at the concierge desk in either cash or check (made out to ‘100 Club of Arizona’).  Encanterra encourages all Trilogy members to do what you can to show your support to the families of those who lost their lives while protecting their beloved state of Arizona.

Discover additional volunteer efforts of Trilogy members in “Caring Communities – Summer Edition, Part 2,” which will be published on the Trilogy Life Blog on Thursday!