Saturday, February 12, 2011

Congratulation, Mary Quiroga, on winning Gung Ho!

Mary Quiroga began working at the front desk at the Grande Villas over a year ago. She immediately became one of our family, and it was easy to see why. Not only is Mary a hard worker, but she has a positive energy about her. She doesn't let anything get to her and no job, big or small, will ever slow her down. She has become a favorite among guests and employees alike.

At the end of September, a handful of Grande Villas employees were selected to take a CPR and First Aid course designed to teach us how to save lives. As head of the safety committee, Mary Quiroga was one of these people. At the end of the course, we were all told that hopefully, none of us will ever have to use the skills we learned. Unfortunately this was not true. On December 6th, one of our guests passed out, had no pulse and stopped breathing outside of their building. While the 911 call was being placed, Mary, without hesitation, grabbed the AED machine and the knowledge she learned during the CPR course and did
everything she could to help the guest in need. What seemed like hours was in fact only five minutes before the paramedics and ambulance arrived. Mary was a pillar of strength and, I think it is safe to say, a hero that day.

Friday, February 11, 2011

P-P-Poker Night!

Every Monday night, Grande Villas invites you to join in our Charity Poker night! All of the money raised goes to the Bluegreen BEAR Team charity of the month. $5 buys you a seat at the table and a chance to win some great prizes!

Ask any associate for more details.

The Grande Villas sponsors Party Hearty! Zumbathon

February is traditionally the month of love, and this year there's more to celebrate than Valentines Day!

Zumba is teaming up for a great cause again! This time with the American Heart Association to benefit the fight against heart disease for women! Join us on Sunday, February 27th 2011 from 3-5pm for a Zumbathon like no other at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village and Go Red Por Tu Corazón! Tell your family and friends and come out to help bring awareness to this devastating disease and empower women to lead heart healthy lifestyles!

Purchase your tickets in the Activities Office of the Grande Villas Resort at World Golf Village. Tickets are ten dollars each and a minimum of 75% of the proceeds and will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón Movement.

Water will be provided FOR FREE at this event thanks to the good people at the sponsoring resorts: The Grande Villas and The Renaissance!

Come dressed to impress in your official Party Hearty Zumba gear that you can purchase here:

30% of the proceeds from clothing sales also go towards the cause!


Open your hearts and Party Hearty with me for a great cause! As I always say, Zumba is LOVE!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grande Villas Lends a Hand!

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Emmy-award winning hit reality show on ABC Television, was in the North Florida area to surprise one lucky family with an extreme home makeover. Ark Remodeling and Construction and J.A. Long Design Builders joined together for the North Florida Extreme Makeover.

During the week of January 24th, 10 volunteers from the Grande Villas joined with the local community helped to build one deserving family a home that meets their wants and needs. To see all of the amazing photos from this week, visit .

Thank you to all of the Grande Villas volunteers:
Lara Leonard, Tina Bartholomew, Renee Grann, Karen Morris, Jeff Paarlberg, Morgan Kennedy, Angela Gonzalez, Maggie Moore, Chelsea Wynn and Lyne Bickerstaff!

Monday, December 27, 2010

2nd Annual Santa Send-Off

Santa Clause

At 10am on December 24th, Santa Clause entered the main lobby of the Grande Villas Resort to the sound of children chanting his name. He received applause as he took his seat and quickly a line of children formed around him. While he listened to gift requests and posed for pictures, guests of the resort enjoyed some delicious Christmas treats. Songs were sung and holiday stories were exchanged. What a wonderful way to start the holiday!

Christmas Treats!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Annual Grande Villas Santa Send-Off

Join us in the main lobby December 24th at 10am as we wish Santa "bon voyage" for his trip around the world! We will an assortment of donuts and fresh fruit to snack while our guest of honor poses for pictures. Bring the whole family as this will be a morning to remember!