Survive the Sweltering Heat – Pool Party Your Way Through Summer

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Bikinis, beach balls, margaritas. This is how we survive summer in the Southwest.

Now that we’re officially in the thick of the summer heat, we have to find good reasons and the willpower to leave our air-conditioned apartments and homes.

Summer pool parties give us the reason to flee our comfort zone.

Pool parties pluck us from our summertime hermit lifestyle. Yes, pool parties make us (a little) less resentful of all the snow birds who up and left us for cooler temperatures on the east coast. It is the pool party that gives us the motivation to continue our workout routine, even if we have to get up at 5 a.m. to run outside, because this is the “see and be seen” venue for the next three months.

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Summer of Love

One of the Valley’s “see and be seen” spots is the Mark-Taylor Summer of Love pool party series. Now in its ninth season, the series pops up at Mark-Taylor properties throughout the Valley, and the event is open to the public. Served up with music spun by a live DJ, complimentary food and beverage, poolside games, and attractive people, the parties make it easy for you to sing, swim, dance, eat, repeat!

The Summer of Love pool parties have a charitable component too, so you can feel extra great about attending. Each pool party features a raffle/giveaway benefiting local charity group United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM). UMOM provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to the homeless and ultimately helps families find permanent, affordable housing opportunities.

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Be the splash

Each event offers residents and the general public a chance to win a personalized pool party which includes a VIP cabana, playlist curated by the winner, Mark-Taylor swag bag, and a bit of bragging rights as the winner’s photos will appear on Mark-Taylor’s mobile billboard.

This season, you can double your chances and also enter a social media contest to try and win the personalized pool party. A winner will be awarded for each of the 13 pool parties.

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Here’s how to enter the contest:

Follow Mark-Taylor on Instagram (@MarkTaylorTV), LIKE the contest photo, tag at least one friend you’d bring.

Upcoming Summer of Love pool parties:

July 11, Saturday at Onnix, Tempe

July 18, Saturday at @51, Phoenix

July 25, Saturday at Domus, Phoenix

August 1, Saturday at San Lagos, Glendale

August 8, Saturday at Remington Ranch, Litchfield Park

August 8, Saturday at Allegro at La Entrada, Las Vegas

August 15, Saturday at San Sonoma, Tempe

August 22, Saturday at San Cervantes, Chandler

August 29, Saturday at San Marbeya, Tempe

For more information or to RSVP for a Summer of Love pool party, visit:

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