Athens Ridge brings the spooks, residents bring the party for Halloween

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Last Friday, Athens Ridge partnered with resident Austin Mueller to throw a joint Halloween bash. Mueller provided the DJ and initial planning, and Athens Ridge helped out with security, decorations, and food.

“ I personally enjoyed the party with my friends, and we had a lot of fun!” resident Damion Stinson said.

The event started as a giant house party that Mueller was planning with ten neighbors involved. As the planning got more definite, Mueller went to the office to ask Athens Ridge management for permission to host the party, and they decided to have a joint party instead.

“I think it all came of my relationship with Kelly [Mahoney] and Brian [Gianone]. They were nice enough to help with the location.” Mueller said, adding he felt like the turnout was great and that overall many came out to celebrate.

“Float-A-Palooza was bigger than the Halloween party, but otherwise I had a really great time,” Stinson said, “The best part was being around my friends and having alcoholic beverages, and the food was great.”

“The D.J. was struggling in the beginning, but I think he eventually got it together. I’m glad my friends were there to have fun with,” Stinson added.

Mueller said his thoughts when planning the party were “might as well do it big.”

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“I underestimated Athens,” Mueller said of the party, “Overall everybody had a blast.” Mueller also added that he knew of several people coming to the party that were from out of state, and one person in particular drove all the way from Oklahoma to attend. This excitement for the party, he said, made the experience great.

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Costumes were another huge part of the evening, with an estimated 98 percent of partiers showing up in costume.

“At first I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t have a costume to wear. But at the last minute I threw a cowboy costume together, and I was ready for the party,” Stinson said.

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Stinson said that the party did allow for the chance for him to meet his neighbors.

“They were really fun … It was great meeting new people!” he said.

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Mueller said that being able to do a big party like the Halloween party with Athens Ridge was a great experience. He said that Athens Ridge helped residents bring the party, and, “That’s extraordinary.”

Three residents will win free rent for one year!!!

Free Rent Athens

Three residents will now have the chance to win free rent for one year. In an effort to show that Athens Ridge appreciates the loyalty of its residents, three drawings will be held for residents who renew their leases for 2016-17 by January 15.

Residents who renew for 2016-17 by January 15 will also lock in their rates, meaning that for those who renew, rent will not increase next year.

How it works

  • Athens Ridge will host three Resident Appreciation Renewal Parties where the drawings will be held, on November 13th, December 15th and January 15th.
  • We will have food and music at the parties. Residents must be present to win, unless a prior arrangement is made through the Management Office.

How to qualify

  • Renew your lease by November 13, and you will be entered into all three drawings, giving you three chances to win.
  • Renew your lease between November 16-December 15, and you will be entered into the two remaining drawings, giving you two chances to win.
  • Renew your lease between December 16-January 15, and you will be entered into the last drawing, with one chance to win.

Don’t miss your chance to have your loyalty to Athens Ridge rewarded. Aim high and be one of the three lucky residents who will live in Athens Ridge rent-free next year.

Holiday Cash

We appreciate that you have earned our loyalty in return for yours. All residents who renew their lease by December 15th will receive $250 of their security deposit back by December 18th, just in time for the Holidays!

Athens Ridge Cares gives residents the chance to give back

Residents participate in January's Polar Plunge.
Residents participate in January’s Polar Plunge.

Athens Ridge Cares (ARC) is a student-directed philanthropic group that provides an opportunity for students to give back to the community within their financial means. By combining hard work and fun, students partner with Athens Ridge ownership and the surrounding community to organize, promote and execute projects that contribute to local charities like Athens Food Bank, or national charities like the ALS Foundation.

This spirit of philanthropy will also be important to the up-and-coming Knoxville, Tenn., and Gainesville, Fla., properties.

“I think it should be a part of everyone’s life,” Brian Gianone, one of the owners of Athens Ridge, said about ARC. Gianone went on to talk about how some people give to charities through time and others give money.

“What college students don’t have is money,” he said, “But college students have time.”

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ARC is made to challenge students in some way so that the philanthropy projects become fun and engaging, hopefully sparking an interest in contributing to charity in the future.

“We give students a chance to participate. It gives a chance for students to experience a feeling of doing something right for others,” Gianone said about the program. But Gianone also expressed that ARC isn’t about his perception of philanthropy, but rather about giving students an outlet.

“The point is, this is an easy stepping stone for philanthropy,” he said, adding that ARC was, “formed as an amenity to the community.”

Resident Kayla Moore donates clothes.
Resident Kayla Moore donates clothes.

ARC is also provided to appeal to a wider variety of students who may not come to parties or seek out other residents. Gianone says that the program helps residents meet one another and maybe form friendships through donating their time.

“It’s a way of interacting with neighbors, meeting your neighbors and making friends,” Gianone said, “It’s just as unique as the lazy river.”

Gianone went on to say that ARC does not back any one charity or cause, and mostly gives to local charities but did take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year. ARC aims to first support the Athens Ridge community and residents as well as the community of Athens and then looks at national causes.

Gianone said that the projects are always going to be a challenge to students such as January’s Polar Plunge when residents were challenged to jump into the pool in the winter. The causes are also based on what residents want to support.

“It’s to spark an interest in philanthropy, not back any one charity,” Gianone said. Gianone said he hopes that residents will begin to challenge the owners of Athens Ridge and bring more ideas for philanthropy to the table.

“To our knowledge we are the only apartment community with something like this,” Gianone said, “I know it will grow. I think as time goes by, we will have students getting more involved.”

After all, that is the goal of ARC. Philanthropy makes a person feel good about himself. By offering ARC, the ownership of Athens Ridge hopes to give that opportunity to as many students as they can.