Between frantic shopping both in-store and online, scouring the inventories for That Perfect Gift, frenzied mayhem in the kitchen as we try valiantly to come up with something besides turkey for Christmas dinner – casting envious glances at the Hanukkah latkes and Kwanzaa Groundnut stew – and the overall resignation that yes, regardless of which holiday we observe, we are going to gain back some of the weight we lost for summer swimsuit season, it’s really a wonder any of us are sentient before mid-January. It takes a calendar and copious notes to remember the details of what we did during December. It all kind of blends together.
Here at Showcase, we were no different, although there was the extra added impetus for our agents to close out their sales before the end of the month, and all of us juggling upcoming schedules for 2022 while also managing the Holidays. In a pandemic year, there weren’t as many events and parties as there have been in the past, but that didn’t mean we were bereft of opportunities for fun.
This is second only to the sight of Lee Kerr, Chris Workman, and Fearless Leader Valerie Dailey haplessly seated in the dunk tank (we had a dunk tank), waiting with trepidation as all-too-enthusiastic employees line up to take them out. One of the many benefits of living in Florida is that it’s never too cold to drop people in a large vat of water, and this was an extra-special bonus of our Christmas gathering at which almost everyone had a go. Lee, being the planning and preparation kind of guy he is, had judiciously packed an extra set of clothing and his game face. We anticipate a rousing encore at next year’s party.
Our toy drive, spearheaded and managed by our very ownClayton Wagner for McKenzie’s Moment was a gratifying success. The donations were so generous and numerous that our lobby was starting to look like Santa’s Overflow department. We collected over 700 toys collected and donated gifts for McKenzie kids, many of whom weren’t expecting it. The only thing that could have made it even better was seeing every one of their faces when they received their brightly-wrapped packages.
“There were five or so locations total, including Showcase; it was a really great turnout,” Clayton told us.
McKenzie’s Moment is a non-profit organization that helps women and children in Ocala who are struggling and need support. MM offers them help, encouragement, education, health and welfare as they recover and rebuild, and Showcase was extremely proud and pleased that we could help. We also want to recognize Clayton for his passion and inspiration as he captained the entire effort, handled the drop-off locations and introduced us to this amazing organization.
Many, many thanks to everyone who took the time out of a busy holiday schedule to bring a gift and make the holidays a joy for these children. If you’d like to find out more about McKenzie’s Moment and give your support, please visit their website or their Facebook page to donate.
HITS is also officially back in Ocala, with the HITS Ocala Premiere from December 1st-5th, and the Ocala Holiday Classic from the 15th-19th. This continues each week starting January 18th, culminating in a big finish with the HITS Ocala Great American Grand Prix coming up in March. Showcase is once again very pleased to be sponsoring the Lead Line, and we’re excited to be part of the fun.
Hope everybody had a great Holiday season and a spectacular New Year! Here we go headlong into 2022…
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