K. Hovnanian's Four Season at Delray Beach HOA

Communities of Excellence Winner Civic Volunteerism and Advocacy, Smaller Community

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons

Raising Funds Includes Fun

by Kathy Danforth

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Delray Beach HOA, Inc. has taken on charitable efforts as community events, earning them the honor of being named the winner for Civic Volunteerism and Advocacy for smaller communities. This 216-home community for ages 55 plus was started five years ago, but bankruptcy of the developer left the association half-finished and without a clubhouse until a new developer assumed responsibility in 2010. The association banded together, however, to develop their community whether the buildings were at a standstill or not.

“Since they didn’t have a lot of community because of issues with the developer, the homeowners came up with different ideas and ways to get involved,” explains current manager Nicole Pare. “The Pap Corps (named for George Papanicolaou, inventor of the Pap test) became their main focus as a charitable organization. We have our own chapter to raise money for cancer research at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.”

Last year, the group raised $16,000 through a variety of fundraisers. “Recently, we had a card party with about 75 attending,” Pare reports. “That and bingo are probably the biggest fundraising events.” The group participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. A white elephant sale and a boutique with various vendors also generated funds to benefit the Pap Corps. With a Super Bowl pool and trips also planned, Pare comments, “They do a lot of fun and interesting things here. Events are held every month or two to keep up interest.”

Programs are organized by the Events Planning Committee, which is headed by the Social Director. “Their activities are probably 50 percent social, 50 percent charitable,” Pare estimates, “but the charitable events get people together so it’s a social event no matter what they do. They come up with different things to do throughout the year to help the community.” To let people know about upcoming activities, information is distributed through e-mails, the newsletter, and posting at the clubhouse.

For the last three years, the association has collected donations for Toys for Tots. “Toys are left at the clubhouse, and 100 to 150 toys were collected,” Pare relates. “Two homeowners loaded them up to take to the hospital at Christmas.” The community also participates in Smiles for Children, collecting toys at other times of the year. “They collected around 100 toys through that program and have done that for two years,” says Pare.

The community held a food drive, collecting food at the clubhouse, in conjunction with Feed the Hungry. Donated items were delivered to a nearby shelter. In addition, the community has conducted a clothing drive for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. After collecting new or slightly used clothing, homeowners deliver the donations to the main headquarters for distribution.

“In 2011, the association sponsored a holiday dinner and gifts for a Habitat for Humanity family,” Pare recalls. “It’s like adopting a family for the holidays.”

In addition to the community-wide efforts, residents also contribute to needs individually. “Hadassah is a Jewish organization that many in the community are involved with,” Pare notes. “They raise money for hospitals both here and abroad, through collecting donations and dues as well as conducting fundraising activities at the clubhouse. The association stays away from officially affiliating with religious-based organizations, though.”

Pare shares, “The residents are very interested in the educational part of being a community. They may charge admission to have a speaker and become educated on a subject while the proceeds go to a sponsoring organization. For example, a police officer spoke on fraud and scams on the elderly, and they charged admission with the proceeds going to the Pap Corps.”

Pare explains, “The residents love being able to use their time and resources to help others.” By incorporating charitable fundraising as a significant part of their social agenda, the residents at K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons are able to benefit more than just themselves, while enjoying each other and a variety of activities. Fun and funds can provide something for everyone!