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PR and Community Outreach

On Friday, March 15, TAA members attended the New Lease on Life Information Session. PR & Community Outreach volunteers, JoAnn Ashmore and Elizabeth Godwin gave an update on the program and shared how the program works. The key players who helped launch the program, Terry Ragland, Blue Ridge Companies; Todd Whitlow, Brownlee Law Firm, PLLC; Lisa Williams, Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network; and, Nellie Tillman, Triangle Family Services, shared their involvement and answered questions.

We are excited to share that Blue Ridge Companies has assisted the fourth New Lease on Life family into their new home. To achieve our goal of helping at least 12 additional families this year, we need your help. There are two ways you can become A New Lease on Life Partner.

1. Commit to provide housing. Owners and managers: we need to build our inventory of available units. If you missed the Information Session, please contact us with any questions.

New Lease on Life Information Session

2. Commit to being a 2013 Sponsor. Many families who enter the program will come with little to nothing - furniture being the greatest need and expense. All money raised will go directly to helping the participants of the program. It doesn’t take much to make a difference. TAA’s membership is comprised of 892 companies. If each gave just $10, imagine the difference.

For more information on A New Lease on Life or the different ways to become a Partner, contact Kim Snyder at Platinum

2013 New Lease on Life Partners Bronze

Brownlee Law Firm, PLLC Silver

Carolina Restoration Services Full House Marketing

Apartment Finder Cliff Webster, Jr. Elizabeth Godwin JoAnn Ashmore Peggy Holmes

Elizabeth Godwin and JoAnn Ashmore

Honorary Sponsor O’Mara Services, Inc. TAA’s PR & Community Outreach Committee

In Memory of Joseph “Joe” Winkie

On March 5, 2013, we lost a dear friend! TAA Member and Past President, Joe Winkie passed away. Joe was employed with Bainbridge in the Park Apartments and has been a champion for the Association and the industry for as long as we can remember. He served as TAA President in 1993. When we think about Joe, we think about that great radio voice, his infectious laugh and that great big smile. When called upon for a favor, Joe responded with “Absolutely,” even before he knew what we were about to ask.

Joe always had time for his staff and residents. He treated everyone like family. Phone calls were a welcomed interruption, never a bother. Property inspections were a time for the team to shine. He truly listened and had an incredible gift of making everyone feel as though they were the most important person in the world at that very moment. One thing that his Equity Residential colleagues will always cherish are the annual holiday poems. Every year, at the holiday gathering, Joe would write and recite one of his famous poems to the rhyme of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This was always a highlight.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially daughter Devon Winkie Bruntmyer. Devon shared that TAA and his work were so very important to her Dad. She mentioned knowing how important his residents were to him, but until he passed she did not know the extent that he had touched their lives. The outpouring of support and sympathy was overwhelming. We are honored to share his memory, with you, the TAA membership. He will be missed more than words can describe.

the ApartMentor May/June 21

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