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LW Discovery Tour attracts huge crowds

LW Discovery Tour attracts huge crowds LW Discovery Tour attracts huge crowds


Over a thousand participated in the daylong celebration of LW’s clubs and amenities

The first ever Great Leisure World Discovery Tour April 6 drew over a thousand residents who hopped buses for a localmotion excursion to the heart of what makes LW beat—its clubs, groups and the faithful sponsors and vendors who support the community. Residents toured all the clubhouses, the pool, golf course, fitness center, game rooms, pickleball and bocce courts, lapidary room, arts rooms and more. About 30 super sponsors, business leaders and nonprofits occupied Clubhouses 2 and 4 to introduce residents to a host of helpful services. Prizes and raffles made the event more festive.

Thousands of people got their LW Discovery Tour passports stamped at every stop, where they learned about all the clubs and fun this world has to offer. One American Latino Club member said that her favorite rooms were in Clubhouse 3, where the Seniors for Peace Club was flanked on either side by the Republican and the Democratic club tables. That pretty much summed up the mood of the day, an easygoing cruise marked by smiling residents, eager to find new avenues of inspiration.

The atmosphere was lively, with performances by Abilene and the Velvetones at clubhouses 2 and 4. At times, event-goers were so moved by the music that they broke into dance.

The lighthearted mood penetrated each venue, where curious minds explored all that LW has to offer.

With a jam-packed schedule of events, the LW Minibuses were the most efficient mode of transport, carrying over a thousand people from venue to venue throughout the day with no accidents or injuries. Staffed by tour guides from the Theater Club, these improvisational comedians made every ride enjoyable.

In Clubhouse 4, super sponsor On-Site Sales handed out pairs of eclipse glasses, which were quickly snapped up. People carried these and other goodies in Discovery Tour branded tote bags that were distributed at each venue. These came in handy, as thousands of dollars worth of prizes were raffled off by clubs and sponsors.

There were 10 super sponsors in Clubhouse 4: Financial Partners Credit Union, Ibarra Senior Solutions, On-Site Home Sales, Superwire Telecom, Gasper Monteer Reality Group, Vandervoort Insurance Agency, Greenwood Heating and Air, Home Instead, Optum and Athens Services. There were 12 small business expo sponsors: All-Ways Travel, Bio-One of Orange, Budget Norwalk, Gina Rojas Realtor and Notary, Goli Electric, Jersey Mike’s, Konrad Konstruction, Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation, Solatube Home, Tandem Careplanning and Sonus Home.

People who traded in their passports for grand prize raffle tickets did not have to be present at the grand ceremony to win a prize. Several prizes were not collected in person at the event.

Those winning raffle ticket numbers were:

• 64GB iPad courtesy Seal Beach Health & Rehabilitation: #0417205 • $500 gift certificate for services from Greenwood Heating & Air: #0417203

• Gift basket and $100 Trader Joe’s gift card courtesy Home Instead Senior Care: #0418324

• Golden Ticket Prize: Folding wagon with $400 worth of gift cards courtesy Gasper Monteer Realty: #0124095

• Golden Ticket Prize: 70 inch flat screen television courtesy Ibarra Medicare Solutions: #0124101 To collect a prize, bring the winning raffle ticket to the News Office on weekdays between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Residents dressed as tourists hang out on the bocce ball court, where newcomers watched demonstrations.Paul Kryczko

GRF directors hand out raffle tickets to residents. Those who visited all five stops were eligible for a golden ticket for one of several grand prizes.Paul Kryczko

Hundreds noshed in Veterans Plaza, where five food trucks were stationed. Though chilly in the morning, the sun came out in the afternoon and made for a beautiful day.Paul Kryczko

The LW Aloha Club serenaded tourists at Clubhouse 1. Nearby, Community Karaoke invited people to the mic and the Shuffleboard Club gave demonstrations at the new courts.Paul Kryczko

GRF Executive Director Jessica Sedgwick presents one of many grand prizes to a lucky winner.Paul Kryczko

Resident Joyce Ingram reads all about the LW Discovery Tour in her passport, a document which acted as a map and information guide to the event.Paul Kryczko

The LW Art League was one of many creative clubs that held demonstrations throughout the day.Paul Kryczko

The Ceramics Studio was host to demonstrations and raffles.Paul Kryczko

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