(Jan. 3, 2012) - It was a joyous Christmas Day for hundreds of local underprivileged children who found gifts under the tree thanks to the big-hearted support of a group of Fiddler’s Creek homeowners.
For the 11th consecutive year, homeowners of the luxury, master-planned community collected and delivered toys and other gifts by the van full to Manatee Elementary School in East Naples.
This year, a record amount of items – approximately 500 – were delivered to the school for distribution to the young students and their siblings. Items included games, dolls, trucks, educational toys, stuffed animals, bikes and scooters, blocks, balls and other athletic items.
“The toy drive began as a means for Fiddler’s Creek homeowners and staff to work together on a volunteer project that would benefit children in the Naples area, and we are delighted with how it has grown over the years,” said Aubrey J. Ferrao, Managing Member of Fiddler’s Creek, LLC. “By actively volunteering in the community and giving back their personal time and talents, Fiddler’s Creek residents often discover that they are the ones who receive by helping others.”
Each year, residents of Fiddler’s Creek and other organizations around town collect as many gifts as they can for the kids, whose parents are not as fortunate to be able to afford them on their own. The toy drive makes it possible for every child to be happy on Christmas morning.
Once delivered to the school, holiday gifts are distributed over two well-orchestrated days in which the unwrapped items are divided based on age and gender. Then, parents visit the portable “toy store” located on the school premises to pick up items with dignity and pride.
“We are honored to have so many Fiddler’s Creek homeowners supporting this program by donating toys as well as their time to assist us in delivering the toys to the school,” said Aga Edwards, Activities Director. “This program has made a big difference in the lives of many children and their families.”
Located just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community that has been selected by the readers of the Naples Daily News and Bonita Daily News as “Best Community” in the 2012 Southwest Florida Readers’ Choice Awards. It also is the recipient of three 2012 CBIA Sand Dollar Awards for “Community of the Year,” “Best Special Event for Residents – New Year’s Eve Party” and “Best Community Newsletter.”
Fiddler’s Creek comprises of nearly 4,000 acres and is zoned for 6,000 residences. With a very low density level of 1.6 homes per gross acre, Fiddler’s Creek will have about 100 distinct neighborhoods upon completion. Less than a third of the land will be developed, while the remainder is dedicated to nature reserves, lakes, parks, golf courses and recreational areas.
Amenities include the 54,000-square-foot Club & Spa, Fitness Center, Tropical Lagoon-Style Swimming Complex, Tennis Courts, Tot Lot, and Casual and Elegant Dining Restaurants. The Club offers a luxurious resort lifestyle and is the location of numerous community-wide parties and special events hosted throughout the year for residents of all ages at Fiddler’s Creek.
The extensive calendar of social events ranges from elaborate poolside parties and themed events to dinner shows and concerts, environmental programs, and children’s activities, and there’s a year-rounder’s group to keep the activities hopping all year along. These events bring residents together to experience the world-class lifestyle amenities that Fiddler’s Creek offers.
Homeowners also have the opportunity join The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek. Designed by acclaimed golf course designer Arthur Hills, the 18-hole, Par 72 Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked for the eighth consecutive year among Golfweek Magazine’s 2012 Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the country. The golf course features a series of holes that are strategic and challenging, yet accessible for golfers of all skill levels. For a limited time non-residents can have access to this great golf course. Annual and seasonal golf memberships are available to suit the needs of the golfers in the area by offering term date flexibility.
Residents seeking a beach and boating lifestyle may join The Tarpon Club. The Tarpon Club features a full-service marina, beach pavilion at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, luxurious resort and spa privileges, priority seating and dining rewards at Sale e Pepe, and spectacular social events on and off shore. The Club also offers an on-site, full-service concierge to assist with dining reservations, concert tickets and much more. For a limited time, non-residents can also enjoy this exclusive amenity. A limited number of non-resident annual and seasonal memberships are currently available offering term date flexibility to meet the needs of area beach and boating enthusiasts.
Pre-construction residences at Fiddler’s Creek currently start in the $300s and are being offered by three well-respected homebuilders - D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and Stock Construction. Move-in-ready homes are available for those families anxious to experience the resort lifestyle at Fiddler’s Creek.
Now through Sunday, December 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, D.R. Horton, Lennar Homes and Stock Construction are having a “Holiday Model Open House.” Fiddler’s Creek residents and non-residents are welcome to tour the models and enjoy light snacks and refreshments.
For more community, membership or open house information, call (239) 732-9300, stop by the Fiddler’s Creek Sales Center located at 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway.
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