Life at Lee 2

Ten-month old Jordan Melbert doesn’t miss out on the water play thanks to mom Johanna Melbert’s ingenuity and his baby walker. Jordan cooled off in the Splash Park at the Sisisky Boulevard Community Center during the annual Life at Lee celebration July 16. (Photo by Kimberly K. Fritz)

FORT LEE, Va. (July 21, 2011) -- Under a bright blue sky filled with fluffy white clouds Fort Lee residents enjoyed a day of fun and appreciation Saturday during the Life at Lee hosted by the Fort Lee Commonwealth Communities, LLC, better known as the Villages at Fort Lee. 

The third annual event brought more than 1,000 residents to the Sisisky Boulevard Community Center where installation organizations and agencies, vendors, games and activities provided information and entertainment.

Community managers were on hand to greet residents and help them get registered for a free barbecue lunch provided by Nanny's Catering and tickets for the many door prizes provided by the sponsors - Minol (the company that manages residents' utility billing), the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Home Depot, Strosnider Chevrolet - and the Villages at Fort Lee. More than 20 prizes and gifts were raffled during the three-hour event including a flat screen television, an iPad 2, a Sony PlayStation and a Nintendo Xbox Kinect.

Parents relaxed on the lawn while children participated in sack races, corn hole games, fishing and frolicking in the splash park.

Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Service's Smoke House was a popular attraction along with the fire engine-shaped bounce house. The event honors service members and their families, said leasing manager, Priscilla Lewis.

"This is a way to bring the community on post together to experience all the benefits that Fort Lee has to offer."

Neighbors Ashley Priebe and Kim Gimble agreed it was a great event and a chance to meet community members and enjoy what the installation has to offer.

"The Villages treat us very well," said Staff Sgt. Richard Melendez as he watched three of his four children participate in the activities. "They are awesome and always go above and beyond to serve us."

The Life at Lee event is the largest scale resident celebration the Villages host annually. Smaller community-based events are held throughout the year.

Lewis said block parties are hosted for the Village with the largest participation in the quarterly resident surveys, incentives are provided for residents with the best curb appeal and yard beautification.

To find out more about programs in the Villages, call (804) 733-1558.