The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America today
announced that it has completed the purchase of the historic Fenway
building in the Tampa Bay-area community of Dunedin, clearing the way
for the Society to move forward with plans to restore the property and
locate its National Headquarters there.
The Fenway site will provide a central destination for members of the
charitable, religious organization, which has more than 6,000
participants across the United States. The new headquarters will
maintain the historic architecture that has been the Fenway's hallmark
for almost a century. The cherished building will remain intact, with
restoration to include facilities that can be used for community
meetings and other public activities. Located at 453 Edgewater Drive,
the Fenway will also become an international conference center for the
Society, attracting thousands of guests to Pinellas County shops,
restaurants, lodging facilities and tourist destinations.
"As a dedicated member of the Dunedin community for years, we understand
the historical importance of the Fenway and the warmth and love people
have for this magnificent property," said Sean Dennison, Executive
Director of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America.
"The Taoist Tai Chi Society is committed to being an outstanding steward
of this important piece of the community, which will be admired by
thousands of visitors as they bring enthusiasm, vitality and economic
activity to the area."
The Taoist Tai Chi Societyhas been a respected member of the Dunedin
community since 2004, when it began offering health-benefiting programs
at Dunedin's Hale Senior Activity Center. After a period of membership
growth, it moved to a full-time facility at 1370 Main Street in 2010.
The Fenway location will continue to serve local residents who now use
the Main Street facility, while also providing ample space as a National
Headquarters. The Society's national operations are now run from a much
smaller facility in Tallahassee, Florida.
The Society has affiliated organizations in 26 countries with more than
42,000 participants. Many of these participants will now travel to
Dunedin to attend regular programs in the practice of Taoist arts,
including Tai Chi, Lok Hup Ba Fa and meditation, as well as ceremonies
to observe the Taoist calendar of festivals.
"One of the mottos of our organization is 'All cultures moving together
in harmony,' and the Society is particularly happy to locate its
National Headquarters in Dunedin, a city well-known for its
multicultural appreciation," said Pegoty Lopez Packman, a retired
Pinellas County middle school principal and educator who serves as
President of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America.
The Taoist Tai Chi Society has a long history of community
service. People of all ages and abilities are welcomed to participate
and benefit from the Taoist arts programs. Many Dunedin residents are
excited about the opportunity to share the benefits of Taoist Tai Chi
with others locally and to welcome visitors from around the world
attending programs at the historic Fenway building.
Roseann Merriam, a Dunedin resident and volunteer with the Dunedin
Historic Museum who suffers from a disorder of the nervous system that
causes multiple issues with mobility, said, "I entered the Dunedin
Taoist Tai Chi Society location four short years ago with the intention
of avoiding the need to use motorized assistance to get around. I have
received more than I ever hoped. I walk straighter, and in fact I am
taller. I have improved my self-confidence to the point where I can help
others achieve these benefits as well."
About the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America,
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America is a
charitable, religious organization dedicated to making the Taoist arts
of health and longevity available to all. Incorporated in 1989, the
Society currently serves 6,000 participants in the United States. It is
also a part of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society, a global
volunteer organization with more than 500 locations in 26 countries. For
more information about the Society, please visit www.taoist.org.
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