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Youngsters enjoy playing in the splash park before a mid-afternoon scattered the crowd during the annual Life at Lee event July 21. Each year the Villages hosts a community day with free food, fun and prizes to show appreciation for residents. (Photo by Kimberly K. Fritz)

All residents of Fort Lee Family Housing and the organizations that are dedicated to their support are invited to a July 20 celebration on post that will include food, music, games and prize giveaways.

The 5th annual “Life at Lee” event – sponsored by HBC Property Managers, LLC – will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center, 1510 Sisisky Blvd. Admission is free.

Barbecue food is being provided by Nanny’s catering service. Donated prizes from local vendors include a flat screen television, a Wii U and a gas grill. Also, among the event activities for youths are a bounce house, face painting, the Splash Park, temporary tattoos and more. Members of the Garrison Tyranus 501st Legion will be at the event with their Storm Trooper costumes.

As usual, the Fort Lee Fire Department is supporting the event, and Sparky the Fire Dog will drop by to share a special safety message.

“We view this annual event as an expression of thanks to the service members and families residing with us on post,” said Casey Surley, community director for Fort Lee Family Housing. “It’s also a way to bring the on-post community together and allow them to experience all the benefits that Fort Lee has to offer.”

While touting the success of past Life at Lee events, Surley gave a nod to supporting organizations like the Directorate of Emergency Services, the Installation Safety Office, Army Community Service, American Red Cross, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, the U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs Office, Child, Youth and School Services, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Army and Air Force Exchange Services, Fort Lee Credit Union and Sun Trust Bank, just to name a few.

“The amount of participation from supporting organizations is a good indicator of Fort Lee’s commitment to the welfare of military Families,” Surley noted. “They are sending a message … no matter what your needs are, we’re here to help.”

For more information about the Life at Lee celebration, call Priscilla Lewis at (804) 733-1558.