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Disney veteran brings his skills to Sun City

There's a new man in town, and he is plenty important to a lot of people right here in Indian Land – approximately 2,200 right now, and still counting!

Trevor Sunderlage is the new lifestyle director at Sun City Carolina Lakes. Although he has come to take charge of the activities for the Carolina Lakes residents, he's an asset to the Indian Land community as well. He is a man with enormous potential.

Sunderlage comes direct from Disney. No, he does not have big ears and a long tail. But I did get a look in his office early on and there was a mouse cap smack-dab in the middle of his desk.

Sunderlage spent the past 15 years at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort. He worked on special events and guest group performances. He says he “creatively resolved guest concerns – striving to achieve 100 percent satisfaction.”

Are you beginning to see why this man is so welcome?

Sunderlage coordinated education outreach to local schools and education events throughout Florida.

He definitely has talents – including his ability to listen. He is thoughtful, organized and a good manager. His skills will be an asset to Sun City and the greater community.

Sing-a-longs and ice cream socials have passed the popularity test as have fitness challenges and several major events which brought the entire community together for recent holidays. While revitalizing activities that exhibit the joy and sense of well-being of yesteryear, Sunderlage is invigorating a sense of community and spirit that will transcend Carolina Lakes and flow into greater Indian Land.

Sunderlage grew up in Burlington, Ill., a small farm town one hour southwest of Chicago. He earned his bachelor's degree at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. where he majored in business administration and music.

Sunderlage's wife, Arlene, is also originally from Illinois but they met in Florida. He proposed to her at Cinderella Castle.

I know you are wondering as I did, so I asked the burning question: Why did you ever decide to leave Disney and come to Carolina Lakes, a retirement community?

“It was a family decision,” Sunderlage said. They wanted to move to a less transient area where the weather was nice, but not has hot as Florida. They want to experience some change in seasons without the extremes Illinois experiences. They also had heard good things about schools in the area.

Arlene and the couple's three children – Alexis, 9, Caroline, 6, and Andrew, 4 – joined Sunderlage shortly after school let out for summer. They recently contracted for a home just 12 miles from the Sun City Carolina Lakes gate.

The family celebrated the Fourth of July with the Sun City Carolina Lakes community. They're looking forward to living in this area but admit, they will “miss the mouse.”