Shell Point’s 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘The Golden Years of Broadway’ Nov. 15

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series with “The Golden Years of Broadway” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.

 FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off the Performing Arts program of its 2018-2019 Fine and Performing Arts Series with “The Golden Years of Broadway” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Join Broadway Pops veterans Jennifer Hope Wills, Sean MacLaughlin and Rob Gallagher, with New York City-based orchestrator and arranger Ryan Shirar, as they bring “The Golden Years of Broadway” to life. The musical group will include hit songs that set the standards for American musical theater, like, “Oklahoma! South Pacific,” “The King & I and “The Sound of Music.”

Throughout the performance, Broadway Pops will captivate audiences with their entertaining and innovative production and more than 10 hit classics from the 1940s and 1950s era.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Shell Point’s Gulf Coast Model Railroad opens for season  

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2018)Shell Point Retirement Community is pleased to announce the reopening of its popular Gulf Coast Model Railroad attraction on Monday, Nov. 5. Free tours are open to the public from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April 2019.

Modeled in the shape of Florida, the 43′-by-41′ Gulf Coast Model Railroad is set in the 1950s and 1960s, offering guests a unique perspective of notable sites throughout state. The model railroad display features several running trains and hundreds of recognizable miniature geographic landmarks, such as Tallahassee’s old Capitol Building, Pensacola freight yards, the Gainesville Gator Bowl, Walt Disney World, Kennedy Space Center with an orbiting Space Shuttle, Everglades, Sanibel Lighthouse, and even Shell Point Retirement Community.

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  Shell Point presents 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2-3

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Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community will present its 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2-3 at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point. Shell Point resident Beverly Shubel showcases her work at last year’s event.

Photo 2: Shell Point Retirement Community’s 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar Nov. 2-3 will feature one-of-a-kind items created or enhanced by more than 60 talented Shell Point residents. Shell Point resident Linda Gardell showcases her artwork at the 2017 event.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to join its 13th annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar, taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3 at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point.

Hosted by creative Shell Point residents, the annual event will feature one-of-a-kind items created or enhanced by more than 60 talented Shell Point residents. The Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar provides guests with an array of unique, hand-designed items and novelty gifts in time for the holiday season, including specialty Christmas décor, Christmas novelties, stylish totes, jewelry, intricate wood sculptures, three-dimensional paper crafts, homemade tasty goodies, children’s clothing, stained glass, books, scarves and more.

“Shell Point residents put an incredible amount of effort, originality and care into the creation of quality products to be sold at our annual event,” said Karen Hubbard, Shell Point resident and chairperson of the craft show. “Spread holiday cheer by purchasing these one-of-a-kind treasures for someone special!”

Admission to the Artists and Artisans Holiday Bazaar is free and open to the public, although crafts may be purchased by cash or check only. After shopping, guests can enjoy a meal at one of Shell Point’s on-site public restaurants. For more information on the upcoming event, visit www.ShellPoint.org.

About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

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  Shell Point assisted living residents donate handmade onesies for newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital

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Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community’s assisted living residents recently crafted and personally delivered handmade onesies to newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Photo 2: Shell Point resident, David Ammerman, decorates a newborn onesie to be donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Photo 3: Residents of Shell Point Retirement Community recently decorated onesies for newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2018) – Assisted living residents of Shell Point Retirement Community recently gifted handmade onesies to newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only pediatric hospital of its kind located between Tampa and Miami, opened a new building just over a year ago at Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center. The 128-bed, seven-story facility is designed to make children feel like they are in a fun, safe space – rather than an institutional setting. The building is filled with bright colors, activities and interactive stations for both patients and visitors.

“We appreciate when members of our community give back in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital, especially when it is intergenerational,” says Carly Majewski, Golisano Children’s Hospital NICU nurse manager. “To have Shell Point residents spend time decorating and personalizing these outfits to give to our smallest and most vulnerable patients speaks volumes to their kindness and generosity.”

This project is part of Shell Point assisted living’s Giving Back program series, which connects assisted living residents with ways to participate in community and social involvement initiatives that benefit local nonprofit organizations.

“Few activities offer as much happiness and fulfillment as using our time and efforts to help when needed,” said Amanda Pendergast, assisted living activities leader at Shell Point. “Many of our residents have worked with children in the past and were passionate about continuing that admirable work.”

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point’s average age drops drastically for Shell Point Summer Splash children’s cam

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Photo 1: More than 40 children, ages 5 to 12, recently attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

 

Photo 2: Shell Point’s golf instructors hit the course during Shell Point Summer Splash to teach children the fundamental tools needed for the game.

 

Photo 3: Shell Point Summer Splash campers welcomed special guests from the Iona-McGregor Fire Department for a special demonstration and chance to use a real fire hose.

 

Photo 4: Shell Point Summer Splash campers brushed up on their shuffleboard skills with resident, Vicki Waterstradt, during a day of outdoor activities and yard games.

 

Photo 5: Shell Point resident, Carol Ashley, stepped out of retirement for the week as she taught Shell Point Summer Splash campers dance moves from her days as a professional ballroom dancer.


Summer camp brings kids, fun to the community

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2018)More than 40 children, ages 5 to 12, recently attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

A joint effort between Shell Point Retirement Community and The Village Church at Shell Point, this free, five-day summer program was designed to provide children with a fun-filled week of indoor and outdoor recreational activities, Bible lessons, team games and more.

“This is our first time hosting a Vacation Bible School at Shell Point and we couldn’t be more thankful for all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it possible,” said Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community. “It has given both residents and campers an opportunity to learn from one another and explore all of the resort-style amenities that surround our community.”

Throughout the week, campers were treated to boat rides, nature tours, golf lessons with Shell Point’s golf professionals, a Sub-Zero ice cream tutorial and obstacle courses. Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Iona-McGregor Fire Department also stopped by for some demonstrations and a chance for the kids to tour the inside of their patrol vehicles.

On the final day of camp, Shell Point residents and employees filled The Village Church at Shell Point for a musical performance and dance routine put on by the kids. Clapping hands and cheerful sounds were heard throughout the auditorium as the program came to an end.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s summer camp and so are our residents,” Slack said. “Shell Point Summer Splash has definitely made waves across campus.”

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point Retirement Community recognized for 50 years of leadership by Lee County Board of Commissioners

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 CUTLINES: Photo 1: The Lee County Board of Commissioners recognized Shell Point Retirement Community with an official proclamation, honoring its 50 years of leadership in the senior living industry. (Left to right): Row 1: residents Richard Uhleman, Jim Rudolph, David King, Peter Nanfelt; Row 2: residents Dona Ferrell, Susan Uhleman, Dottie Rudolph, Sara King, Lynne Castellano, Cathy Miskell; Row 3: Adam Hinds, Senior Director of Operations; Karen Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources; Tim Lochridge, Vice President of Finance; Shell Point President Martin Schappell; Joe Smith, Senior Director of Hospitality; Kelli Meyung, Senior Director of Healthcare; Ronette Icso, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

 Photo 2: Shell Point Retirement Community, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing to senior adults in an active, resort-style environment located in Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 10, 2018) – The Lee County Board of Commissioners recently recognized Shell Point Retirement Community with an official proclamation, honoring its 50 years of leadership in the senior living industry.

 Founded in 1968 by The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Shell Point is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing to senior adults in an active, resort-style environment located in Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island.

“This recognition is an opportunity for the county to recognize somebody that stands out in the community and Shell Point has stood out in the community for several decades here in Southwest Florida,” said Chairman Cecil Pendergrass. “The quality of life they provide for their residents is unbelievable.”

 County Commissioner Larry Kiker’s reading of the proclamation highlighted Shell Point’s numerous awards earned and the prestigious national attention that has brought positive recognition to Lee County and to the senior living industry. He also commended the level of quality and excellence Shell Point has demonstrated for the past 50 years.

The resolution underscored Shell Point’s ability to deliver a vibrant lifestyle to more than 2,400 residents, fulfilling opportunities for volunteer service, and numerous recreational and social pursuits. Shell Point was also praised for being one of the leading employers in Lee County with more than 1,100 employees and also for its commitment to conserving, enhancing and protecting the natural resources of its location along the Caloosahatchee River.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary year, it is a great honor for Shell Point to be recognized for its leadership and unwavering dedication to our residents and employees,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “We are grateful to the Lee County Board of Commissioners for this recognition and look forward to many more years of service here in Southwest Florida.”

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Shell Point Residents Celebrate Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Newly Renovated Woodlands Commons

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 2, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for residents to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Woodlands Commons. The remodeled facility features a coastal décor amid modern features, two reimagined restaurants, and new meeting spaces for Shell Point residents to enjoy.

The Palm Grill, located within The Woodlands neighborhood at Shell Point, reopened its doors to reveal a warm and inviting dining venue boasting a fully redesigned outlook. The extensive renovation included an intricate, three-dimensional ceiling system and wood-look visual, re-upholstered seating, fresh paint, and a kitchen resin system that is both slip-resistant and highly durable. This lakefront casual dining venue offers a wide variety of refined menu selections and is open for both Shell Point residents and members of the public to enjoy.

Additionally, celebrations continued at a brand new dining facility called The Blend. Offering casual eating options via an indoor and outdoor lakefront patio, The Blend’s patrons are spoilt for choice with a variety of menu items. Breakfast includes freshly baked breads, Belgian waffles, Caribbean French toast, eggs cooked to order, breakfast sandwiches and other light breakfast items. Beverage offerings include freshly brewed coffee, espresso, cappuccino and other specialty coffee drinks. Lunch guests can enjoy a large selection of house-made soups and salads, deli sandwiches, Paninis and wraps.

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Shell Point Hosts Annual Celebration to Commemorate 50 years

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, recently hosted its annual celebration event, which commemorated Shell Point’s 50th year in operation as a leading independent retirement living community.

More than 1,200 residents gathered for the annual celebration to honor the nonprofit’s half-century anniversary. During the program, Shell Point president, Martin Schappell, toasted the community’s progress made over the past year and highlighted planned growth and development for the future.

“We are very proud of the legacy we have created, and the many wonderful lifestyle enhancements that have been made to ensure Shell Point as a premier destination for senior living,” said Schappell. “Looking ahead, all plans for growth and development will strive to exceed the needs of our current residents as well as those who will join us in years to come. In doing so, we are confident we will also enjoy the continued success of Shell Point as a leader in the senior living industry.”

Jeff Cory, executive director of The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point had the distinct honor of recognizing the inaugural members of the Legacy Society, as well as numerous key donors whose 2017 contributions positively impacted the Shell Point community and its residents.

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Shell Point Hosts Serenity Cove Dedication Ceremony

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, hosted a dedication ceremony on Jan. 31 to celebrate the newly transformed outdoor area at Serenity Cove.

More than 1,000 Shell Point residents attended the Serenity Cove dedication ceremony to celebrate the transformation of the large, man-made pond area behind the Resident Activity Center on The Island at Shell Point. Guests also enjoyed a charming country-style picnic in the now modern, tranquil and scenic place of reflection. Lunch included fried chicken with all the trimmings, and was served on quaint, red and white tablecloth-clad tables amid the sounds of good old-fashioned bluegrass music.

The Serenity Cove beautification project was made possible by a generous gift from a Shell Point resident. The rejuvenation involved reconfiguring an existing island, installing surrounding seawalls and seat walls, and adding a water feature. The area now boasts wider walking bridges, shaded seating areas, enhanced landscaping, fresh turf, and updated irrigation. A new viewing platform and trellis feature were also constructed on the east side of the lake to complete the transformation.

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Shell Point hosts Grand Reveal and Afternoon Tea at The Arbor

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, hosted a guided tour of newly renovated residences within The Arbor on Jan. 29. Residents of the assisted living landmark located within The Woodlands neighborhood took in the lovely interiors on the first floor of the newly renovated building.

Friends and neighbors mingled as they sampled a variety of delicious savory and sweet items from the dining room buffet. Live steel drum music also drifted through the lobby throughout the elegant afternoon as attendees took in the building’s beautiful new interior design.

This is The Arbor’s first rejuvenation. Originally opening in 2005, the assisted living building now sports a soft grey background highlighted with crisp white trim, which serves as a backdrop to cool shades of blue, accented with pops of bright coral and teal.

“The Arbor has been completely transformed with a luxurious new look that enhances the building’s stately architecture,” said Martin Schappell, president of Shell Point. “The stunning new interior, inspired by Shell Point’s coastal lifestyle, is both elegant and comfortable, and will be enjoyed by The Arbor residents for years to come.”

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