The Governor Visits The Cypress!

We had a great time at our Alzheimer’s Awareness Kick Off event! In case you haven’t heard, The Cypress of Charlotte has been fundraising and raising awareness and support for the Alzheimer’s Association in preparation for the big Charlotte charity walk THIS Saturday the 26th!

At our Kick Off event, we were pleased to welcome Governor Pat McCrory, who was our special guest and speaker. We were touched by his personal story of his mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s.


The Governor was happy to cut the purple ribbon to begin our Golf Cart Parade while World Record Holder Harriette Thompson lead the charge!

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Our members and staff did a great job decorating their golf carts, they were all so colorful and original, it’s impossible to choose a favorite!


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It’s not too late to sign up and join Team Cypress in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s charity walk THIS Saturday at Symphony Park. To sign up and walk with us, or donate to this amazing cause, please click here!

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See you tomorrow!

The Cypress Supports the Alzheimer’s Association


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Throughout the coming months, you may begin to notice a little more purple around campus than what you’re used to. That’s because The Cypress of Charlotte is proud to announce our support for the Alzheimer’s Association in their Walk to End Alzheimer’s! Since purple is the official color of this great national organization, we plan to have a passion for purple all the way up to the day of the Charlotte area walk September 26th.

These are some photos taken on Purple Day, June 26th.

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To build the anticipation for this great charity walk, we plan on having a variety of fun activities for members and staff as we raise funds, awareness and excitement for the Alzheimer’s Association. Some upcoming notable events to remember are: our jewelry sale for employees in the Stewart Health Center, our Talbots Shopping day (10% of all Charlotte location sales will go to The Alzheimer’s Association) July 23rd, our Night to Remember dinner on August 5th and our Team Cypress Kick Off event and Purple Parade September 3rd!

Our goal is to have the largest team participating in the walk AND to raise the most funds for this great cause. You can help us with both by visiting our team page and signing up to join Team Cypress! Don’t forget your purple!

Fire in The Cypress!

Don’t panic, there is no literal fire in our community; however, we are all “on fire” for the Fire in the City competition and our competing Executive Chef Brady Lutz!


If you are not familiar, the Fire in the City competition is a very prestigious chefs’ competition pitting the top chefs from the finest restaurants in The Queen City against one another in head-to-head battles to see who is the last chef standing. The competition’s main focus is utilizing local, North Carolina ingredients, centered around a “mystery ingredient” that is revealed to the competing chefs just hours before the competition! The attendees, along with a select panel of professional judges, blindly taste each course and vote on a variety of factors to determine which course is their favorite, which ultimately determines which chef reigns supreme. The winner of each evening competes again in a bracket of chefs until there is only one winner.

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And of course we know that one winner is Chef Brady Lutz! We are eager to prove that not only is the dining at The Cypress of Charlotte the best food in any Continuing Care Retirement Community, but the best food in Charlotte! With his years of training and flair for creativity, we are confident that our chef will wow the taste buds of everyone in attendance.

If you want to be a part of the fun, you can purchase a ticket to Chef Brady’s competition night, April 6th, right here.

If you want to read more about the dining at The Cypress of Charlotte, see images of both of our dining rooms, (The Cypress Club or The Copper Grille) view menus and more, please visit the dining section on our website. Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Cypress news daily.

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The Spirit of ’45 Tour comes to The Cypress of Charlotte!

On Friday July 25th we were so excited to host The Spirit of ’45 Tour as they rolled up to our campus in their huge, decorative RV! The Spirit of ’45 Tour is traveling the country to raise awareness and generate excitement for the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII next August 2015. Their goal is to Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive and carry on the character traits of our Greatest Generation to future generations.


We welcomed the tour by pulling out all the stops to celebrate our favorite generation. We opened the day with a beautiful ceremony by our lake complete with a Navy Corps Color Guard and reenactors!


We were also awarded with the honor of being the first Purple Heart Community in the country, (along with our sister communities at Raleigh and Hilton Head) recognizing our dedication to go above and beyond to recognize our veterans.


We were also able to honor and remember our WWII veterans by the playing of taps and a flyover by a C-46 WWII plane, one of two in the country!


The festivities continued inside community hall with a live swing band, professional swing dancers, a delicious buffet lunch, WWII memorabilia and a photo gallery! We were even treated with a speech from Colonel Quincy Collins.


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It truly was a special day in the hearts of all generations who were present!