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104 Years Young and Unstoppable, Mary Gilmore Celebrates Birthday with Air Force Family

104 Years Young and Unstoppable, Mary Gilmore Celebrates Birthday with Air Force Family at Hawthorn House   A resident of the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) for the past 40 years, Mary Gilmore will celebrate her 104th birthday on Saturday, March 25, 2017. A monthly birthday party was held at Hawthorn House, AFEV’s assisted living […]

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Swing into Action: Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic

Another new year is upon us and it will soon be time for the Air Force Enlisted Village’s major local fundraising event, the Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic, which will be held May 19th and 20th, 2017 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville.  This year marks the 14th anniversary of this event and […]

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Join Heroes for Hope

Caring for and providing a safe, secure home for retired military surviving spouses as they age is the cornerstone of the Air Force Enlisted Village mission. There is always work to be done, and we need your help more than ever. You can provide stable support for the Air Force Enlisted Village all year long […]

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Staying Fit is Important for All Residents

Because of you, residents have a home, camaraderie, and access to fitness activities so they can live a healthy life Staying fit and healthy is important but having fun while participating in fitness activities is necessary for participation. Residents have more options for fun fitness programs and exercise classes than ever before with weekly beginner […]

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On the Activities Schedule: Games for Brain Fitness

Thank you for making fun, specialized activities and services happen for our residents   Proper nutrition and physical activity are important for a healthy body and a healthy mind. And, exercising our brains is just as important as exercising our bodies. It’s not surprising that Hawthorn House includes a number of fitness activities such as […]

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Independence is the Greatest Gift I Can Give Myself and My Children

Thank you, you make it possible for surviving spouses to live happily and assuredly in a caring community   Rosetta met Albert, a US Air Force chemical mixer, on a blind date. They married, had three children, and traveled the world with them where ever Albert’s Air Force career took them. “Our little family grew […]

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Hawthorn House Residents Participate in Southern Belle Pageant during National Assisted Living Week

Activities that empower residents happen because of you “Keeping Connected” was the theme for the 2016 National Assisted Living Week which takes place every September. Hawthorn House residents enjoyed a week of special activities designed around the “Keeping Connected” theme. “Residents enjoyed the technology related activities this year,” Hawthorn House Activities Director, Theresa Alexander, said. […]

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You Change Lives and We Thank You

Your kindness gives hope to our Air Force surviving spouses at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House where staff treat residents with the respect reserved for their own moms  Low pay and frequent military moves leave some surviving spouses of our retired enlisted airmen without careers, home equities, retirement plans or significant assets. Air Force […]

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AFEV Selected as Charity to Receive Proceeds from New Childrens Book

Air Force Enlisted Village Selected as One of Four Charities to Receive Proceeds From New Children’s Christmas Book “Four a.m. December 25”   Around the world, the gifts of Christmas arrive in beautiful and unexpected ways in the wee hours of the morning. But closer to home, one little girl knows that the gift she wants […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Joins the Global Giving Tuesday Movement and Announces Emerald Coast Gives Back

Air Force Enlisted Village Joins the Global Giving Tuesday Movement and Announces Emerald Coast Gives Back   The Air Force Enlisted Village is participating in a new local Giving Tuesday movement, the Emerald Coast Gives Back. Emerald Coast Gives Back will kick off this year on November 29, 2016 as a 24-hour day of giving […]

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She Found the Happiest Years of Her Life at Bob Hope Village

Like most military spouses, Bob Hope Village resident Dolores says she always tried to make the best of everything and find happiness wherever her husband’s 26-year Air Force career took her and their sons. “It was hard moving every three years,” Dolores said. “Nothing fit in the next house, but I always made a home […]

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October’s Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin, Not Just for Pie Everywhere you look is pumpkin spice this or pumpkin spice that. Welcome to October. It’s no surprise our recipe for October features pumpkin. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer. Pumpkin is also a good source of Vitamin A which can boost your vision. […]

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Take Our Aging Myths Quiz

Take our Aging Myths Quiz   Aging Myths: Think Getting Older Means Sitting in a Rocking Chair All Day? Think again! Today’s older adults are having fun and defying aging myths on a daily basis. No one likes to think about getting older but the reality is we all are. How we age depends on […]

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AFEV’s 2016-2017 Calendar

We Found Some Mistakes in our 2016-2017 Calendar and We’re Working to Fix Them Our 2017 calendar “Keep’em Flying” mailed last week with errors to include wrong captions identifying four beautiful air plane images from the National Museum of the USAF. January’s and April’s captions have been transposed, as well as June’s and July’s. Please […]

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From the Garden: A Bob Hope Village Resident’s Eggplant Recipe

Healthy living at Bob Hope Village includes the opportunity to plant your own garden. Many residents have taken advantage of the gardening plots and have started their own vegetable gardens. A recent visit found one resident with an early bounty of eggplants. When asked what she would do with them Margit replied, “I’m making eggplant Parmesan for […]

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Become a Volunteer for the Air Force Enlisted Village

Volunteer opportunities are plentiful year round at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House, but the Fall season is the start of the holiday seasons which means plenty of activities, parties, and special events will be planned for residents. This means AFEV will be in need of volunteers for all of the activities and events, not […]

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Hawthorn House to Observe Assisted Living Week Sept. 11-17

“Keeping Connected” is the theme for 2016 National Assisted Living Week which takes place September 11-17, 2016. Hawthorn House residents look forward to the event each year which includes a week of special activities designed around the special theme. “We’re planning a week of technology related activities for residents and their families this year,” Hawthorn […]

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Quiche Lorraine: A Favorite Recipe from the Hawthorn House Kitchen

Bacon, Swiss cheese and onions combined with eggs form this timeless classic. Our dining services director at Hawthorn House says residents love when Quiche Lorraine is served because it’s light yet filling and makes a perfect dinner in the summer months. Serve with seasonal vegetables and salad greens dressed in a tangy vinagerette. Quiche Lorraine […]

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Cheer on 9K runners with a Course Sign

The 2nd annual CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K Run will be held on August 27, 2016. Our runners will start at Bob Hope Village, wind through Poquito Bayou, and end at the Bob Hope Village Commons. Bob Hope Village residents will be out to cheer on runners. You can help cheer on the runners […]

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Benevolence Fund Gives Eligible Residents in Need a Helping Hand

Thank you for caring for our Air Force surviving spouses who may need financial help One never knows what to expect in our retirement years, however we all do our best to ensure an affordable, happy, and healthy life. Surviving spouses of retired airmen may not have retirement funds or assets due to not working because of raising a family or low pay due to traveling from […]

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Therapy Pet Visits Provide Comfort and Friendship for Residents

Because of you, residents have an enjoyable activities each day that sometimes include furry friends Activities are more than fun, they keep our residents’ minds sharp and they provide a resource for socializing. Weekly activities may include card games, board games, crafts, bingo, or fitness classes. One of the most anticipated activities each week is […]

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2nd Annual 9K Set for Aug. 27 at Bob Hope Village

On Your Mark, Get Set, Run! We are excited to announce the 2nd annual CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K Run will be held on August 27, 2016. Runners will start at Bob Hope Village, wind through Poquito Bayou, and end at the Bob Hope Village Commons. Bob Hope Village residents will be out to […]

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Transportation is Essential to Residents’ Safety and Independence

Thank you for providing necessities for residents such as transportation   As residents age, the decision to give up driving can be a difficult one since many folks identify driving with independence. Safety is usually the deciding factor. The Air Force Enlisted Village is happy to make transportation available for residents. Our resident services staff […]

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Bob Hope Village was the Community this Surviving Spouse Needed

Because of you, surviving spouses of retired enlisted airmen live in a community with their peers where they can share memories of military life By Millie Hizer Rogene and Charlie actually met twice before they became an item, although they didn’t realize it until they had been dating for more than a month. “The first […]

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How to Display the Flag

Learn basic flag etiquette to honor “Old Glory” The American flag symbolizes love, pride and freedom. It’s a reminder of America’s greatness. Often referred to as “Old Glory,” the flag represents all people of America. When displaying the flag, it is proper etiquette to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset on all days weather […]

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Behind the Brick: Robert and Ardith Johnson

For Ardith, the Garden of Hope is a special place to count her blessings by Millie Hizer For Ardith Johnson, the Garden of Hope is a place that reminds her of the many blessings she has had during her ninety years on Earth. Ardith, a resident of Bob Hope Village, has two, and soon to […]

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Benevolent Fund Provides Peace of Mind

Because of you, AFEV’s Benevolent Fund offer residents a precious gift Memory support is an increasing need by residents as they age in place, however it is much more costly than independent living. Many memory support residents are in need of financial assistance simply because of the greater cost due to extra care provided. AFEV’s […]

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Yes, You Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Air Force Family

Thank You for Sharing Our Belief that Retired Enlisted Surviving Spouses Deserve a Safe, Secure Home Low pay and frequent military moves leave some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or significant assets. The Air Force Enlisted Village believes our surviving spouses deserve a safe, secure home and should be treated with respect in […]

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Independence is Important for Wellbeing

Thank you for keeping the goal of independence alive for so many residents As one ages, the fear of losing independence can become a big worry. Living in a safe and secure environment like Bob Hope Village gives residents comfort. Staff is available to provide support and all residents receive a mobile medical alert pendant […]

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Behind the Brick: Jack and Scott Caldwel

Two Acts of Kindness Give a Bob Hope Village Resident’s Love Ones a Special Place in the Garden of Hope When Vesta visits the Garden of Hope, she has two bricks to visit: one for her son Scott and one for her husband Jack. While the bricks honor her loved ones, they also remind Vesta of […]

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Living Life to the Fullest with Social Activities

Both Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House maintain robust activities programs which would not be possible without the generosity of donors. While life at both places would not be complete without regular bingo games, activities vary to suit all needs. Residents continue to be interested in technology so a touch screen computer is now available […]

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Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

What’s the difference between Assisted Living and Independent Living? By Millie Hizer During the past twenty years, retirement options for senior citizens have greatly expanded. From independent living communities to assisted living facilities, retirees are able to choose the lifestyle that best fits their needs. However, the differences between independent living and assisted living can […]

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Bob Hope Village: A Positive Environment for Surviving Spouses

June says, “Thank you for making this wonderful community possible.”   By Millie Hizer When June  met her husband Earl at a USO Dance at Scott Field, Missouri in 1950, she didn’t immediately fall for his charms. “It’s so funny but I liked his buddy when I first met him. I went with three of […]

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Memory Care a Crucial Component to our Community

Hawthorn House opened in 2005 and gave Bob Hope Village residents and all surviving spouses of retired enlisted airmen an option for assisted living without leaving their Air Force family here at our community. Our memory care wing again became an option for residents to stay with their Air Force family when diagnosed by their […]

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Enter to Win AFEV’s Facebook Contest

Enter to Win a Signed Copy of the Book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse by Jen McDonald at the Air Force Enlisted Village Facebook Page   The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) has partnered with Jen McDonald, author of the new book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for […]

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Results from the 13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic

Just over $37,500 was raised to support the Air Force Enlisted Village’s mission of providing a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted airmen at the 13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic that was held May 13-14, 2016 at the Eglin Golf Course. Mary Gilmore, an AFEV resident for 40 years […]

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13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic Set for May 13 & 14 at Eglin Golf Course

13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic Set for May 13 & 14 at Eglin Golf Course Proceeds Benefit the Air Force Enlisted Village The Air Force Enlisted Village’s major local fundraising event, the 13th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic, will be held May 13-14, 2016 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville. […]

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Military Backgrounds Bond Surviving Spouses at Bob Hope Village

“We all have had many of the same experiences, and I think that’s what bonds us.” by Amelia Hizer In Peg ’s poem “A Military Wife,” she describes her life as a military wife as being “equally mingled with joy and strife.” In truth, is someone who understands the sadness and joy that life can […]

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Happy Holidays from the Air Force Enlisted Village

This holiday season, we’d like to thank you and all of our donors, volunteers, supporters, and friends who have been an important part of our family here at the Air Force Enlisted Village. Because of you, we have been able to provide a safe, secure home to military widows living independently at Bob Hope Village […]

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Bob Hope Village to Host Candlelight Vigil Dec 6 to Remember Residents and Loved Ones

The Air Force Enlisted Village will host a candlelight vigil on Sunday, December 6 at 6:00 P.M. at our Garden of Hope located at Bob Hope Village, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, between the Dolores Hope All Faiths Chapel and the Bob Gates Welcome Center. The Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil remembers residents and loved ones […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Celebrates 10 Years of Assisted Living at Hawthorn House

by Alisha Mims   In 2005, the missing link in the continuum of care at the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) was completed. Hawthorn House, AFEV’s 64-apartment assisted living facility, provides a home for residents who need a bit of extra help with day-to-day tasks, but who still wish to live independently. In 2011, the […]

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Bob Hope Village to Host Veterans Day Ceremony

  Guest Speaker is CMSgt Bruce W. Dixon, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field Bob Hope Village will host their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 beginning at 9:00 AM at the Bob Hope Village Commons ballroom, 30 Holly Ave., Shalimar. Guest speaker […]

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Free Memory Screenings and Health Fair at Hawthorn House on November 4

Hawthorn House will host a health fair with free memory screenings on Wednesday, November 4 from 10 AM to 3 PM. To schedule a free memory screening, please call (850) 609-2550. Hawthorn House is located at 1200 Hawthorn House Drive, Shalimar, FL on the Bob Hope Village campus. Memory screenings are an important tool in […]

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Behind the Brick: Corporal Clifford Adam Spohn III

          Adam was known for his smile, the mischief in his eyes, and his enthusiasm. He loved adventure and serving in the military. Most of all, he loved his wife and his family.   by Amelia Hizer April 9, 2007 was a heartbreaking day for those close to Corporal Clifford Adam […]

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Bob Hope Village Became a New Kind of Home for Me

“I had my memories and my courage which were all that I needed to start over.” by Amelia Hizer Every great love story features some sort of adventure, and the story of Melvin and Marjorie is no different. For the first sixteen years of their lives, Marjorie and Melvin grew up within nine miles of one […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Shalimar, Florida (September 21, 2015) – The Air Force Enlisted Village’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Since 2002, using objective, data driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations […]

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CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K Set for August 29 at Bob Hope Village

From left to right: 1st Lt Gregory P. Boyajian, Ch Capt John M. Richardson, MSgt John K. Shackleford, and A1C Timothy W. Burd.   Eglin and Hurlburt Airmen Plan CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K by Amelia Hizer   The inaugural CMSAF Binnicker Memorial 9K Run will be held on August 29 at 7:00 a.m. at Bob Hope […]

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Bob Hope Village 5 Ribbon Cutting Set for July 31

The Air Force Enlisted Village will celebrate the Grand Opening of Bob Hope Village 5 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, July 31, 2015 beginning at 9:00 AM. Special guest speakers for the event include Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody and The Honorable Don Gaetz, Florida Senate. Tours of […]

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Air Force Enlisted Village Announces New President and CEO

The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) has announced the selection of Brooke McLean as its new president and CEO. McLean will fill the vacancy created after the passing of James Binnicker in March. “We are extremely fortunate to have the talents, knowledge, experience and professionalism that Brooke brings to the Air Force Enlisted Village,” said […]

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12th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic Results plus Save the Date for 2016

The 12th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic was held May 15-16, 2015 at the Eglin Golf Course in Niceville and the event raised $45,721 for the Air Force Enlisted Village. One hundred thirty two golfers played the Eagle course both days and were flighted after day 1 of play. The top three teams […]

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