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    • February 28, 2017 in Education

    Inaugural Waterset Turkey Trot Raises Over $14,000 for Area Schools

    Teachers from three Waterset neighborhood schools and the FishHawk Road Runners Running Club were all smiles after receiving the proceeds from the inaugural Waterset Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Each school received a check for $4,644, and the running club accepted a $500 donation for its assistance in running the event. Pictured left to right are: Keven Loveland, FishHawk Road Runners; Maria Gsell, principal of East Bay High School; Tina Mohr, Waterset Fitness, co-organizer of the Turkey Trot; Cathy Ferguson, principal of Doby Elementary School; Lynda McMorrow, Waterset marketing manager; Johan VonAncken, principal of Eisenhower Middle School; and Meghan Gottlieb, Waterset marketing coordinator.

    Apollo Beach, FL- The principals of three SouthShore public schools were treated to a big surprise recently at a luncheon hosted at Waterset in Apollo Beach. Each received a check for more than $4,600 as part of the community’s inaugural Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K road race.

    Waterset is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. Waterset is one of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.

    Lynda McMorrow, Marketing Manager at Waterset presented checks for $4,644 each to Maria Gsell, principal of East Bay High School, Johan VonAncken, principal of Eisenhower Middle School and Cathy Ferguson, principal of Doby Elementary School. Keven Loveland of the FishHawk Road Runners also accepted a $500 donation for the running club’s assistance with the first-time event, which was organized by Newland Communities and two private organizations, Waterset Fitness and the Waterset Tri and Race Club.

    “The principals knew they were getting a donation, but they didn’t know the amount,” said McMorrow. “It was so rewarding to see the principals’ faces light up when they received the checks. Each school has the opportunity to spend the funds as they see fit, but it was clear what an impact the funds will make for students.”

    Waterset and Newland Communities regularly support schools within the Apollo Beach community. It donates several iPads each quarter to deserving Eisenhower Middle and East Bay High School students and sponsors other events throughout the school year.

    About Waterset
    Waterset by Newland Communities is a master-planned community located in Apollo Beach. Waterset features a variety of amenities that include a community pool, fitness center, Fit Trail and Greenway. The Waterset information center is located in The Landing Club & Café and is open daily from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., along with 17 model homes priced from $190,000s to over $500,000. For more information, please call (813) 235-0154 or visit our website at www.watersetfl.com.

    NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. http://nashcommunities.com/. http://www.sekisuihouse.co.jp/english/index.html.


    Pam Parisi
    Vice President of Marketing, Newland Communities
    813.620.3555 | pparisi@newlandco.com