February 2014

Women’s Club Gets Private Peek at University Town Center

LWR Women’s Club February Meeting 2/13/2014

Octavio Ortiz, GM,  The Mall at University Center

Octavio Ortiz, GM, The Mall at University Center

Octavio Ortiz, General Manager of The Mall at University Town Center, was the featured speaker at the LWR Women’s Club meeting Thursday, February 13 at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.

Mr. Ortiz gave an informative talk about Taubman Development Corporation’s 50% – 50% partnership with Benderson in developing this dominant upscale mall. Opening Day is firm – October 16, 2014.

He showed and described an aerial map of the mall; anchor stores are Macy’s, Dillards and Saks Fifth Avenue. He discussed the size, number of stores, restaurants and parking. He also discussed sustainable building practices, security and transportation. Mr. Ortiz presented a virtual tour of the mall exterior and interior [presented below curtesy of the Herald Tribune.]

Mr. Ortiz answered questions on traffic, the possibilty of a Nordstrom [maybe], movie theater [no plans], hotels [yes] and he spoke of the Taubman involvement in charity. The company will underwrite a “Sneak Peek Event” supporting 12 local charities before the general opening.

 

Business Meeting

 Octavio Ortiz, Trish Newman, LWRWC President

Octavio Ortiz, Trish Newman, LWRWC President

The LWRWC busisness meeting was called to order by President, Trish Newman who read a timely valentine poem to members. Reports were presented by committee and event chairs. See the posted minutes for complete details.

Patti Wroble, LWRWC Vice President

Patti Wroble, LWRWC Vice President

Patti Wrobel, Vice President and Philanthropic Committee Chair presented a report that included the individual projects that the club will support for its three charities this year: scholarsips for SMART and room renovation for SOLVE.

One of LWRWC charities is HOPE Family Services, a not-for-profit organization based in Bradenton which provides a safe haven and services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Hope told the Club that often the residents cannot afford to give birthday parties for their children.  Birthday bags were collected through-out the month for the children of HOPE and brought to the meeting – 50 bags will be taken to Hope by Patti her committee.
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The meeting was preceded by the traditional “Meet and Greet” social with cookies provided by members.  A 50-50 raffle netted Eva Goetz $140 and 4 tickets to the LWR Commuinity Fund Gala were raffled off – winners were Diane Kuna and Jody Major.

Shelly Clark, Jody Major

Shelly Clark, Jody Major

Carleen Fuiks, Wendy Diamond

Carleen Fuiks, Wendy Diamond

Helene Levin, Kay Coley

Helene Levin, Kay Coley

Janet Stickel, Marian Wolfe

Janet Stickel, Marian Wolfe

Kathy Robinson, Belle Nathan

Kathy Robinson, Belle Nathan

 Eva Geotz won split the pot

Eva Geotz won split the pot

 

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University Town Center  Video presented by Octavio Ortiz.   Video “captured” from the Herald Tribune.