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Celebration Cruise Showcases 10th Anniversary of Highland Springs

September 26, 2016

Dallas, Texas--Honoring its history and looking forward to a bright future, Highland Springs hosted a three-day party for its 10th anniversary.  They did it in style on the "high seas" of the campus as residents boarded the specially decorated Lido Deck to set sail on the Celebration Cruise, the theme for the festivities. The commemoration began on September 15 at a dinner ceremony in which the Erickson Living retirement community honored its "founding members," the 102 pioneer residents who moved or reserved in 2006 and the 14 employees who began working at the campus the same year.  

Matt Neville, Executive Director of Highland Springs, served as the emcee.  "Our pioneer residents and employees laid the foundation for Highland Springs to blossom into a caring, mission-oriented community serving seniors in the Dallas-area.  In the years to come, we will continue to grow and welcome new residents and staff members, but we will always owe these pioneers our gratitude." Dignitaries included Dallas City Councilwoman Sandy Greyson, Collin County Commissioner Duncan Webb, Ms. Gabriella Pate, Director of Constituent Services for Congressman Sam Johnson, and Ms. Brooke Knudston, Staff Member for State Representative Jeff Leach.  Governed by a Board of Directors, Highland Springs board members Robert Kaplan and Michelle Bohreer spoke during the ceremony along with pioneer residents and employees.  On Friday, donning their stylish cruising attire, residents gathered around a three-feet high, ship-themed cake prepared by Dallas-based Frosted Art Bakery & Studio that served as the centerpiece for a photo op during cocktail hour.  

The culinary professionals of Highland Springs then seated residents for an elegant "Bon Voyage Dinner."  "Captain" Neville led guests in a champagne toast accompanied by Shirley Crawford and Pete & Marie Higa, the first residents to move to Highland Springs.  Lorenzo Gonzales, a guitar harpist, provided entertainment during dinner, and Scott Ayers, a noted pianist, kept the party hopping by playing show tunes as residents danced and sang the night away on the Lido Deck. 

On Saturday came trivia, casino games and a Hawaiian stage show followed by an international ports of call-themed dinner and dancing to the music of the Dave Tanner Trio.

Lana Van Giesen, Director of Resident Life, chaired a 10th Anniversary Committee consisting of 17 residents and employees who coordinated the festivities.  Sam HeLal, a resident, took the lead on the pioneer dinner program. Opened in 2006, the 89-acre campus is currently home to over 850 residents and 400 full and part-time employees.  Highland Springs features 537 independent living apartment homes in a variety of floor plans and 110 extended care residences providing assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and memory care health services.  

Its residents have formed 125 groups, clubs and service organizations, and in 2015, contributed more than 15,000 hours of volunteer service on campus and throughout the greater community.

Growth is on the horizon with the future addition of Pecan Grove, a new independent living building under construction to meet the demand for the lifestyle the community offers.  Scheduled to open in December and currently reserving, the project features 108 new residences in a variety of floor plans.   

About Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 850 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure. 

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