Celebrating the American Spirit-Smiles Charity Concert and Festival

Blue sunny skies accompanied by the roar of  WWII era airplanes flying overhead and the contagious laughter of children, were just a few of the day’s treats that made the 2011 Smiles Charity Concert and Festival in McKinney, TX an event celebrating the American spirit. With thousands in attendance over the Memorial Day weekend, this annual charity concert not only brings community together, it pays homage to our armed services and veterans.

Due to generous local and corporate businesses sponsors, the day was filled with family fun, local food and drinks, outstanding entertainment, and ooh – aah fireworks! From Hollie Cavanaugh’s moving performance of the National Anthem (yes she was a contestant on American Idol), to McKinney’s Mayor Brian Loughmiller riding a mechanical bull and Uncle Kracker’s get on your feet and dance performance, the event did not disappoint.

The greatest joy provided by Smiles Charity Concert and Operation Finally Home is that 100% of the profits from this annual event are then donated to build homes for disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers. This year’s recipients are Levi Wilson and Alan Hornaday. Bluegreen Communities is proud to be involved in this gifting and honoring of our American soldiers. They deserve our sincerest thanks.

Did you attend the Smile  Charity Concert and Festival? Let us know your favorite highlights of the day in the comments below.

Double the Fun! Charity Event and Grand Opening

Photo courtesy of Betsy Marie Photography

Sunshine and two fantastic fun filled events!  Last Saturday proved to be a day to remember, especially for those that attended the Rock Roll and Smile 5k Fun Run benefiting Operation FINALLY HOME recipients and the Grand Opening of the Bridges Equestrian Center in Gunter, Texas.

Going the extra mile or in this instance the extra 3.1 miles, Smiles Charity motivated the runners by providing entertaining bands along the trail. The hills were literally alive with blooming wild flowers and the sound of music.  A great cause, gorgeous scenic trails and melodious tunes all made for a runner’s paradise.

The day’s enjoyment continued after the charity run and flowed over to the new Bridges Equestrian Center. The hay rides were a big hit, followed closely by the pony rides. With over 150 people touring the facility, staff at the center exclaimed excitement from all the positive feedback. Visitors were enthralled with the surrounding beauty and had not previously known that the Bridges was such a wonderful and unique community. After this exciting event, the Equestrian Center will surely be called home for some much loved horses.

Did you attend these events or have visited The Bridges at Preston Crossings? Please share your experience with our readers. Comments are welcomed and encouraged.

Patriot Bass Fishing Tournament

It was a great day of family fun this past Saturday at The Bridges at Preston Crossings. More than 200 people attended our first annual Patriot Bass Fishing Tournament emceed by pro-angler Jimmy Houston to show their support for military servicemen and women. All of the proceeds from the tournament benefitted Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization which is currently building three homes for wounded war heroes at the Bridges.

A total of 335 fish were caught during the tournament with one little boy catching a whopping 31 fish! No one was able to reel in our prized Patriot Bass worth $1,500, but everyone enjoyed a great day at the beautiful Bridges’ Double M Lake.

For more on the event, click here to watch KXII CBS Ch. 12 coverage of the tournament.

To live in a community that supports America’s veterans, visit The Bridges at Preston Crossings today.

The Bridges Hosts Charity Golf Tournament

This past Friday, the Bridges Golf Club played host to the Patriot Cup Golf Tournament benefitting Operation FINALLY HOME. Twenty five teams of participants and sponsors spent the day golfing on the charming, 18-hole Fred Couples Signature Golf Course. Guests enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day in Gunter with lunch on the veranda at Moms on the Green. Followed by a fun and lively raffle featuring items such as Titelist and Nike irons, a TV and rounds of golf at the Bridges Golf Club, it was a great day had by all to benefit a great cause!

All of the proceeds from this event benefit the Operation FINALLY HOME families whose homes are currently being built at The Bridges at Preston Crossings. The families to be honored include war heroes Sergeant First Class Alan Hornaday and his wife, Sheila, of Fordyce, Arkansas, Sergeant Levi Wilson, Jr. and his wife, Katie, of McKinney, Texas, as well as Army Specialist Hugo L. Gonzalez, his wife, Any, and three young daughters, of Pembroke Pines, Florida. Bluegreen Communities will continue this initiative throughout 2011 when two more veterans and their families will also be honored with lots and new homes at The Bridges.

If you’d like to help support Operation FINALLY HOME, join us for our upcoming Patriot Bass Tournament this Saturday, April 2nd. To register, please contact Kristi Robinson at kristi@bluegreenadvertising.com.

For more information about Bluegreen Communities and Operation FINALLY HOME, including more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.

Bridges Charity Tournaments Featured in The Dallas Morning News

Today is the day! The Patriot Cup Golf Tournament is officially underway and is in full swing. The local community is excited to spend this beautiful day on our gorgeous greens and the word is spreading about the fun we’re having here at the Bridges.

The Bridges at Preston Crossings was featured in The Dallas Morning News yesterday in an article highlighting our charity golf and fishing tournaments. If you missed out on the fun today, be sure to sign up for next weekend’s Patriot Bass Tournament where pro-angler Jimmy Houston will MC the event. All of the proceeds from these events benefit Operation FINALLY HOME.

To register for the Patriot Bass Tournament on Saturday, April 2nd, please contact Kristi Robinson at kristi@bluegreenadvertising.com.

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