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Fox Run celebrates ten years

So much more than a beautiful place to live

Created date

July 23rd, 2013
Ten birthday candles

June 30 marked an important milestone for Fox Run. The Erickson Living community in Novi., Mich., celebrated its tenth anniversary on that day. To commemorate the occasion, staff and residents planned a week s worth of special events. The community kicked off its festivities dressed to the nines with a gala on the evening of June 21. On June 24, a special breakfast was hosted for the first residents who moved to the community in 2003, who are affectionately called pioneers. Barbara and Roy Birmingham (pictured right) are two of Fox Run s pioneers. They moved from Livonia to Fox Run on the very first day the community opened its doors so they ve had the chance to watch it grow and thrive over the last decade. It has changed a lot over the years, Barbara says. There were just five of us residents on the first day and one dog.

Growing community

Today, Fox Run is home to more than 1,000 active retirees. There was only one residence building and one clubhouse back in 2003, and six more residence buildings and a second clubhouse have been constructed since then. The original 25 clubs and committees have ballooned to 150 resident-run groups, and the staff has grown from just 100 employees to 750. It s a wonderful community, Barbara says of Fox Run today. Fox Run continued its anniversary week celebrations with a Carnival of Food, Fun and Memories on June 27. The event was held outside under a big-top tent. Novi Mayor Bob Gatt and State Senator Mike Kowall (15th District) made a special guest appearance. A lively scene was set with live entertainment from the Michael Knight Band, Barbershop Quartet, and a clown balloon artist. Residents and staff enjoyed food and lawn games. Fox Run wrapped up its fun-filled week of anniversary celebrations with a champagne toast on June 30. As they lifted their glasses to commemorate the past ten years, they also looked toward the future. Executive Director Michael McCormick says the anniversary celebrations were a special time to appreciate what matters most. It s the people and relationships that make our community so special, McCormick says. The people who live and work at Fox Run create warmth and excitement on our campus. Without the residents and staff, Fox Run is just a bunch of beautiful buildings.