Shell Point reaches construction milestone on 44,000-square-foot arts center

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Photo 1: Shell Point residents and management sign the final steel beam at the Tribby Arts Center “topping off” ceremony held on Jan. 8.

Photo 2: A group of Shell Point residents, who helped raise money for their community’s new performing arts center, toured the construction site of the building that is set to open in fall 2020.

Photo 3: Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point, led a group of residents on a guided tour through the new 44,000-square-foot performing arts center, which will provide state-of-the-art work spaces, a 400-seat auditorium and more.

Photo 4: Shell Point Retirement Community recently held a topping off ceremony to mark the construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as educational programming.

(Front row, left to right): Shell Point residents Ken Saccaro, Deloris Wright, Linda and Bill Doty; Shell Point President Martin Schappell; Shell Point residents Joan Schlackman, Patricia and Michael Armstrong, Joan and Ron Edman, Marge and David Lee, Deborah LaGorce; Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point; Shell Point residents Richard Brown, Mary Buck, Betsy Conrad, Marie McCarthy, Carol and Bobby Mann, Richard Flinn. (Back row, left to right): Jeff Cory, executive director of Legacy Foundation at Shell Point; Mike Beaudette, superintendent of Gates Construction; Dave Erb, superintendent of Gates Construction; Marco Petretta, director of construction at Gates Construction; David Tropf, project manager of Gates Construction; Julie Nipper, project manager of Shell Point; Justin Schiff, director of purchasing and construction at Shell Point; Carolyn Darling, administrative assistant at Shell Point.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2020) – On Jan. 8, Shell Point Retirement Community held a “topping off” ceremony to mark the major construction milestone on the Tribby Arts Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts as well as educational programming.

The celebration included more than 20 Shell Point residents along with members of Shell Point’s executive team. Each of the attendees signed the final steel beam that was hoisted into place to signify that the structure had reached its maximum height. Additionally, a guided tour through the semi-complete building offered Shell Point’s residents a chance to experience the new spaces firsthand. Representatives from the building contractor, Gates Construction, also joined in the celebration.

“Today marks a special day as we celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made on the Tribby Arts Center,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “This is going to be a wonderful addition to the many amenities that we have at Shell Point. With all of the available arts programs, the 400-seat auditorium and more, the potential for this building is limitless.”

A catered lunch was provided for the Gates Construction team to thank them for their efforts.

“Gates Construction is doing a wonderful job,” said Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point. “On average, there are 60 to 70 guys out here each day working hard through the heat, rain and all kinds of weather. Everyone is focused on the same goal as we look forward to the grand opening in fall 2020.”

When complete, the Tribby Arts Center will include a grand entrance and atrium gallery, full-time art gallery, practice rooms for musicians, dance and theatre arts studio, literary lounge and arts library, and numerous studios for painting, crafts, pottery, quilting, stained glass and photography, plus a 400-seat, tiered theatre.

Additionally, the art gallery and shop will display and sell residents’ artworks and host a wide variety of exhibitions, and the Collectors’ Gallery will rotate art from residents’ own collections. Bonus features include a gift shop featuring artists’ works, a French bistro and a sculpture garden that will surround the arts center offering delightful spots to relax, read, stroll, create and enjoy art and music.

The Tribby Arts Center will join the long list of lifestyle amenities at Shell Point, which includes a championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, coastal-inspired restaurants, charming outdoor cafes, luxurious salon and spas, fitness centers, tennis and pickleball, and miles of scenic walking and bike trails. Shell Point Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Florida and the second largest in the country with 2,500 residents and more than 1,200 employees. For further information about the Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point, go to www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series presents ‘Stradi-Various’ Jan. 23

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Southwest Florida Symphony installation of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance of “Stradi-Various” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Maestro Nir Kabaretti will conduct the Southwest Florida Symphony’s Stradi-Various, along with violinist and guest artist Gilles Apap. The performance will feature a repertoire that extends far beyond classical horizons with country, bluegrass, Irish folk tunes, Gypsy-Roma melodies and much more.

In addition to Gilles Apap, this concert will proudly feature the 2018 Jillian Prescott Scholarship Competition winner, violinist Caroline Sikuta, in Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins.”

Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series welcomes Dr. Gary Small of UCLA on Jan. 14

Free community health care program to address memory and brain health

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series on Jan. 14 with a presentation by Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine.

Free and open to the public, Small’s presentation, entitled “Strategies for Improving Memory and Brain Health,” will discuss the common memory complaints associated with aging and how to differentiate them from more serious conditions. He will also highlight how exercise, diet, stress management and memory methods can compensate for cognitive challenges and even stave off future symptoms of dementia.

The program will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

Small is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, as well as a Parlow-Solomon professor on aging, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he is also director of the UCLA Longevity Center. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications, as well as the international bestseller, “The Memory Bible.” Small’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine and Newsweek, in addition to numerous television programs such as NBC’s Today Show, CNN and PBS. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Jack Weinberg Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the Senior Investigator Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. In 2002, Scientific American magazine named Small one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries is a community speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series to offer four free educational seminars

Lineup to include presentations January through March

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community has announced the roster for its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series, a free community speaker series beginning in January, designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.

Free and open to the public, this educational series will feature prominent local and national experts who will address recent advances in the fields of global health care, macular degeneration, memory disorders and modern medicine.

Four presentations complete the lineup for the 2020 speaker series, including:

All four Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries presentations will be held in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

The 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series is presented by The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point in conjunction with Shell Point Wellness Connection. The series is sponsored UBS Wealth Management.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute’ Jan. 16

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. 

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute’ Jan. 16

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Performing Arts program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute,” taking place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 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.

Featuring Wyatt Funderburk, Mike Williamson, Paul Runyon, Matt Thompson and Jason Brewer, “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute,” will focus on songs by famed American band, The Beach Boys. The group’s members have performed with musicians from Brian Wilson’s band, The Zombies, Earth Wind & Fire, Cheap Trick and Mark Lindsay. They have also produced records for Micky Dolenz.

In 2018, “Sail On” performed over 70 concerts across the country, including three nights filling in for Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys while accompanied by the famous Nashville Symphony.

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 2,500 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 2019-2020 Fine & Performing Arts Series welcomes Peter and Will Anderson Jan. 2

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes jazz performers Peter and Will Anderson on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. as part of the Concerts & Conversations program of Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a jazz performance by Peter and Will Anderson at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Acclaimed as “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” by the New York Times, identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are recognized as extraordinary jazz woodwind players. The Anderson brothers have performed in major venues in more than 40 states, in addition to playing throughout Brazil, Japan and the United Kingdom.

As part of Shell Point’s Concerts & Conversations program, guests can enjoy fellowship and a dessert reception with the performers following the concert.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series presents “Christmas in Paradise” Dec. 13

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance of “Christmas in Paradise” by the Southwest Florida Symphony and guest artist Tony DeSare at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2019)Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off the Southwest Florida Symphony installation of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance of “Christmas in Paradise” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at The Village Church on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Maestro Nir Kabaretti will conduct the Southwest Florida Symphony’s sparkling Holiday Pops: Christmas in Paradise program with a sophisticated twist. The performance will also include the return of featured guest artist Tony DeSare, a post-modern crooner and dazzling pianist who will give Rat Pack flair to all the traditional holiday favorites.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine & Performing Arts Series presents Chamber Music with a Twist Nov. 12

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes Chamber Music with a Twist on Tuesday, Nov. 12, as part of the Concerts & Conversations program of Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community kicks off the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by Chamber Music with a Twist, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Chamber Music with a Twist is a premier chamber group comprised of world-famous musicians Francisca Mendoza on the violin, Elaine Rinaldi on the piano and Anne Tormela, an international opera and Broadway singer. The trio performs user-friendly classical chamber pieces, artistically woven in with beloved popular tunes and Broadway gems.

During this performance, the talented trio will include music from classical chamber musical pieces, art songs and popular music. As part of Shell Point’s Concerts & Conversations program, guests can enjoy fellowship and a dessert reception with the performers following the concert.

Shell Point Retirement Community receives multiple recognitions for “Best Nursing Home” and high quality of care

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CUTLINE: The Larsen Pavilion Skilled Nursing Center at Shell Point Retirement Community recently earned the “Best Nursing Home” recognition for its high quality of care rating by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2019) — Shell Point Retirement Community’s skilled nursing center, The Larsen Pavilion, recently earned multiple recognitions for its high quality of care and overall performance ratings by Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“We are honored to receive these rankings,” said Christy Skinner, senior director of healthcare at Shell Point. “It shows that our resident care and quality are among the best based on national and federal ratings, which are not easy to obtain. This is a major achievement, and we are proud to have earned these recognitions.”

Newsweek and global data research firm Statista Inc. evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes to establish a ranking of “Best Nursing Homes” in the U.S. Factors included overall performance ratings, staffing, reputation and health inspections, as well as quality measures of resident care.

Among the 54 best nursing homes recognized in Florida, Shell Point ranked number four on the list.

U.S. News & World Report included Shell Point’s 219-bed Larsen Pavilion skilled nursing facility in its 2019-2020 Best Nursing Homes report, which is based on the community’s high performance ratings in short-term and long-term care, as well as patient satisfaction.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) credited The Larsen Pavilion with a coveted five out of five star rating overall, as well as five out of five stars in the categories of quality measures and staffing. The ratings provide potential residents and their families with an easy-to-understand assessment of nursing home quality, and to make meaningful distinctions between high- and low-performing nursing homes.

Located in the Waterside Medical Complex on The Island at Shell Point, the 219-bed Larsen Pavilion skilled nursing facility offers personalized and compassionate healthcare. The Larsen Pavilion also provides memory care for medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke-related dementia. Its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative and individualized therapy to the Southwest Florida community, as well as to Shell Point residents.

The Larsen Pavilion welcomes individuals from anywhere in Southwest Florida and is Medicare-approved. For information about admissions in the Larsen Pavilion or for outpatient services through Shell Point’s Rehabilitation Center, call 239-415-5432.

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing in an active, resort-style environment for 2,500 residents. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine & Performing Arts Series presents Duo Beaux Arts Dec. 3

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes Duo Beaux Arts on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Concerts & Conversations program of Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by Duo Beaux Arts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Formed in 2008, Duo Beaux Arts is made up of talented duo and internationally renowned husband-and-wife concert pianists Dr. Catherine Lan and Steinway Artist Tao Lin. The duo is well-known for their four-handed and solo pieces, specializing in music from the Baroque era to the contemporary, mixing semi-classical and fun pop tunes, as well as playing tango and ragtime.

Recent performances include concerts in France, Switzerland, Spain, Estonia, Netherland, Finland, Asia and the United States. Duo Beaux Arts are also the founders of the Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples, which invites pre-eminent chamber groups in the world to perform in a wonderfully intimate setting.

As part of Shell Point’s Concerts & Conversations program, guests can enjoy fellowship and a dessert reception with the performers following the concert.