Holiday Retirement Awards Free Rent for Life to Three Seniors

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Event Was Part of National Swing into Spring Promotion

Ellen Grunewald (center) with Madrona Hills' Community Managers Cathy and Earl Koch

It's almost too much to believe...It was a real shock. It means I don't have to worry about money. This drawing has made everything so simple in my life.

Holiday Retirement, a leader in the independent retirement living industry since 1971, recently awarded three seniors with free rent for life following its national Swing into Spring promotion.

All seniors who toured any one of the more than 300 Holiday Retirement communities from April 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010 were entered to win. The winners were Ellen Grunewald, 81, of Salem, Ore., Ethel Kaye, 87, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Tim Sherman, 64, of Palatine, Ill.

The all-inclusive rent at Holiday Retirement communities covers three chef-prepared meals served daily, weekly housekeeping and linen service, transportation, an exclusive travel program, award-winning activities and events, and all other amenities.

“It’s almost too much to believe,” Grunewald said. “It was a real shock. It means I don’t have to worry about money. This drawing has made everything so simple in my life.”

Grunewald, who toured Madrona Hills in Salem, Ore., was notified of her winnings by phone on Sunday, Oct. 31.

“When they called me to tell me I won, I was speechless,” Grunewald said. “I just love everything about the community.”

Kaye had already moved into Las Brisas in June and learned during a community meeting that she won the drawing.

“They had my daughter come in the back door during the meeting,” Kaye said. “All of a sudden she was sitting next to me. I did not grasp what was going on at first, but when I finally did, I was walking on Cloud 9. Winning this means my children won’t have to worry about me for the rest of their lives. It’s absolutely unbelievable.”

She added: “I’m having the time of my life. I love it here and everyone has been wonderful.”

Sherman toured Tamarack retirement community on April 17 with his wife Susan.

“We thought we would go take a look because we figured we were about two years away from retirement,” Tim said. “At the end of our tour, they asked if we were interested in entering to win free rent for life and we said, ‘Why not?’ We didn’t give it a second thought after that.”

Then, last week, Tamarack manager Fred Tillich arrived at the couple’s house with the news.

“I figured it was another solicitor during election season at the door,” Tim said. “When he said we won, I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ This is amazing because we’ve been wondering what we are going to do for retirement. We really loved the community, the amenities, and all the extra activities that are available.”

To learn more about the winners or about Holiday Retirement, please call 503-586-7289.

For more than 40 years, Holiday Retirement has been a pioneer and a leader in the independent retirement living industry. Operating more than 300 communities throughout the United States and Canada, Holiday Retirement provides seniors with a rewarding and enriching lifestyle through affordable living arrangements, plentiful amenities, and a supportive, welcoming community to call home. For more information, call 503-586-7289 or visit http://www.holidaytouch.com.

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