Our annual Kensington Park Team Holiday Party, held on Thursday, December 8th, was a celebration for the books! The Highlands was all decked out for the holidays thanks to Janet (Director of Independent Living), Russell (Director of Environmental Services) and our team of porters.
Jennine, our Manager of Team Member Services, did a fabulous job planning the party. We had delicious food and drinks, a live DJ and dancing, raffle prizes and gifts, and a fun photobooth complete with holiday accessories to wear. Santa Claus (aka Russell) made a special appearance, too! The live DJ was a hit, and team members were showing off their dance moves with all different genres of music.
Perhaps everyone’s favorite part was the gift-giving around our 15ft. Christmas tree, the perfect setting! We raffled off some amazing gifts like 50″ flat screen TVs, Amazon Firesticks, laptops, refrigerators, gift cards and more. Everybody was holding their breath waiting for their name to be called. Two of our Highlands housekeepers, Anna and Daisy, BOTH won a 50″ flat screen TV! What are the odds of that?
As each team member left the party, they were gifted with a durable KP backpack and a bonus check to bring home to their families. These bonus checks are given out every holiday season in thanks to our Employee Appreciation Fund. Due to our no-tipping policy here at Kensington Park, residents began this official Fund as a way to show their gratitude towards our hourly team members. Families donate every year as well. Just before the annual Team Party, Letty in the business office tallies up all the contributions and then distributes it into individual checks. The residents on the committee then sign each check and prepare them to be handed out at the party.
We are thrilled to share that the 2022 Fund collected a grand total of almost $75,000! This bonus is a wonderful gift for our team to bring home for the holidays! In addition to the Fund, the generous partners of Kensington Senior Living also gave a holiday bonus check to all hourly employees.
Team KP is so grateful to all the residents, families, alumni and friends who contributed to the 2022 Employee Appreciation Fund. Thank you, thank you! Year after year, your generosity never ceases to amaze us.
Happy holidays from all of us here at Kensington Park – and cheers to a healthy New Year!
Mary Mell & Team KP