Our residents tell us, “What is it about Sun City Center that makes YOU call it home!”
Don and Donna Larson worked in the Indiana University School of Medicine in the Medical Educational Resources Program. “Don was their photographer and I planned and coordinated the Physicians Continuing Medical Education Programs,” Donna said, “Don was also team photographer for the Indianapolis Colts football team for 27 years and shot for the Associated Press at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 40 years. After retirement, I worked as a Real Estate Broker, managing offices in Indianapolis and Zionsville Indiana.”
After retirement, the Larsons quickly tired of the Indiana winters. “Don and I had both lived in Florida at one time or another in our lives, so when we had enough of those cold winters, we decided Florida was the place to be.”
“Don’s dad lived in Sun City Center and we had visited here often. On one of our visits they showed us the many amenities available here and introduced us to the Front Porch Pickers.”
Because Don sang and played guitar, the Pickers grabbed his interest. “Don was in a very popular local band in Indianapolis after high school. Music has always been his true love,” Donna said. “When we made our decision to come to Florida, we immediately decided Sun City Center is where we wanted to be. Besides playing with the Front Porch Pickers Don now performs on Wednesday and Saturdays at the Bella Cucina Italian restaurant in the plaza here.”
When they arrived in SCC, the Larsons took advantage of the walking pool, the outdoor pool and the hot tubs. “Having danced most of my life, I joined the Timesteppers tap dancing class and the jazz group. This kept me busy at least 5 days a week. Don had played golf before we moved here and I decided to join him on the course, falling in love with the game,” Donna said.
Though most of their five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren still live in the Indianapolis area, the Larsons have found another family in SCC and through the United Methodist Church, where Don shares his love of music.
“It is amazing how many opportunities there are here at Sun City Center to find your niche and become totally involved in some fun activity. Sun City Center offers all of this and is still a very affordable place to live. It has a small town feel where you will often run into someone you know at the grocery but still has so much entertainment to offer. I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t love it here.”