NOVI, Mich. – This month, Fox Run celebrates its fifteenth anniversary as one of Michigan's premier senior living communities. To mark the occasion, the Erickson Living community came together on Thursday, June 28 for an outdoor party under the big tent on Fox Run's picturesque campus. Residents and staff enjoyed a Motown theme that paid homage to cherished Michigan traditions.
National Coney Island restaurant, a Detroit fixture, was on-site and served up 1,300 hot dogs. The menu also featured other hometown favorites including made-in-Michigan Better Made potato chips and for dessert, root beer floats made with Detroit's own Faygo root beer along with Boston Coolers, a Detroit delicacy made with ice cream and Vernors ginger ale. In just one hour, Fox Run when through 1000 cans of Faygo!
The soundtrack to the day's events was provided by world-renowned jazz and Motown vocalist Kimmie Horne, who got everyone "dancing in the streets" while a scrolling picture slideshow showcased photographs and memories of Fox Run residents over the years.
At the event, nearly fifty "pioneer" residents—those who moved in to Fox Run when it opened in 2003—were recognized. Among those pioneers were Roy and Barbara Birmingham, the very first residents to move into Fox Run fifteen years ago. Barbara called their move to Fox Run "one of the best things we ever did," going on to say, "You couldn't pay us to move back into our house. Everything at Fox Run is so well organized and planned, it makes life very easy and very comfortable."
Fox Run opened its doors to pioneer residents on June 30, 2003, ushering in a new era of retirement living for active seniors in and around Detroit. Since then, Fox Run has grown to a community of 1300 residents served by nearly 700 staff members. But, as Fox Run's Executive Director, Mike McCormick said, "We still maintain that small town feeling that we had in the beginning, where everyone pitches in and lends a hand."
"When I look back on the past 15 years, the thing that stands out is the people, the relationships. It may sound cliché, but that is what community is all about. At Fox Run, we are fortunate to have beautiful surroundings and abundant amenities, but it is truly the people who make it a community.
In addition to the Motown party, Fox Run also held a special luncheon earlier this month for both the pioneer residents and employees who joined the community during its first year. The microphone was passed around the room as old friends and neighbors shared stories and memories of the place they call home. "It was fun to reminisce with those residents and staff members who took a chance on a new community years ago. It was really special," said McCormick.
Mrs. Birmingham recalled being at Fox Run that first day: "We were so impressed with the staff's greeting. The entire team, which was not very big at the time, had pulled together to put on the finishing touches, like cleaning out our cupboards and running the vacuum through our apartment. That spirit continues today. Everyone is supportive, helpful and comes to work with a smile. They appear to really enjoy what they do and that makes Fox Run what it is."
Sidney Saeger, Project Manager at Fox Run, is one of those employees who has been with the community since the very beginning. She echoed Mrs. Birmingham's sentiments, recalling that on the morning Fox Run opened, "All staff, regardless of title, began cleaning windows, vacuuming, dusting and making sure that we would be shining for our first new residents. This established our 'all hands on deck' culture that still exists today."
"It seems like yesterday when the first residents moved in. Now we are close to 1,300 residents. It is so true that time flies when you are having fun. I can't imagine working anywhere else," she said.
At fifteen, Fox Run has lots to look forward to. This fall, the community will welcome more than 100 new residents with the opening of its newest residential building, Edison Place. In addition, residents will enjoy a refreshed Ascot Clubhouse complete with expanded fitness center and brand-new café and market concept, also scheduled to open later this year.
About Fox Run: Fox Run, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Novi, Michigan. The community is located in Oakland County and is home to nearly 1,300 residents who are supported by a team of more than 750 employees. Additional information about Fox Run can be found at FoxRunNovi.com.