Some of the Lavender Hill team during happier times.
Like the rest of us, you probably are shocked and saddened by the impact of Hurricane Irma on our island—our buildings and most of all, our people. The Lavender Hill property suffered damage, but none of it is fatal. Already, we have begun repairs, and we are determined to be back up and running just as quickly as possible.
The bad part for us is the storm’s impact on our Lavender Hill family—the people you and we rely on to make Lavender Hill the wonderful place it is: Dave, our property manager, and his assistant Nemo, and our guest services manager Gail—all of them have lost their homes. For now, they and their spouses and pets are living at Lavender Hill.
We want to help them rebuild, just as they are helping us to do the same. Please help us.
Here is a little more information about our Lavender Hill local family:
We now call Dave “Save,” which introduced itself as an auto-correct but now lives as his moniker because he saved our property by battening down the hatches days before the big event that grew bigger by the day, growing to the 185mph+ Irma that struck our tiny island. Dave and his wife Lyndell hail from New Mexico but have embraced the free-wheeling tropical lifestyle. Undoubtedly, you have seen him pool side chatting with owners and guests while performing chores. He’s the one with the curls and the deep tan.
Nemo is an Alabama boy who still looks like a boy, but we hear he’s closer to 40. Rumor is he can regularly be found chasing the biggest waves during a storm with his wife Kristin by his side. Nemo’s can-do spirit makes us smile. Anything is possible for him; it’s easy and do-able and he knows his way around every tool. He likes to grin. His Southern twang is unmistakeable. Listen for it. Months went by before we knew his real first name. It’s a secret.
Gail is a sailor’s sailor. She and her husband Peter lived aboard their boat for years and saved up bit by bit for their island home which they purchased just a few years ago. It has lost most of its roof and therefore much of what was inside is gone. Peter is a dual threat, a computer programmer and a property manager, and Gail too has a multi-faceted skill set—customer service, accounting expert, property management—and she bakes the best chocolate cream pie you’ll ever taste.
Madelin and her Girls
And our cleaning crew, too! Madelin and her family have been at Lavender Hill for sixteen years. She takes great pride in cleaning every surface until it shines, working hard for her island family. She has always been there when we needed her.
Please help us help them be whole again. We will distribute to them all funds collected here.
- Larry Sweeney
- Debra Minton
- Kris Nelson
- Lisa MacCollum
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