Local Officials and Businesses Contribute to Successful Event

SALISBURY, Md., – The residents and management of Pemberton Manor Apartments recently celebrated the fall season during a youth-focused community get-together. As always, this successful annual event hinged on the involvement of Salisbury’s local government and regional businesses, according to Moe Krohn, regional asset manager with Tryko Partners, the property’s owner.

Children in attendance enjoyed organized recreation and activities, including an obstacle course, sack races and a bounce house. Food and snacks like pizza, Italian ice, cupcakes, cotton candy and hot air-popped corn were provided. And all youth in attendance went home with a bag of school supplies. Contributing organizations included Comcast, Eastern Shore Pools, Hall’s Flooring, Opher Entertainment and Parsons Landscaping.

“Everyone involved gave back in a major way to the children of Pemberton Manor,” Krohn said. “Our tenants came together and volunteered to pre-package the school supplies and help supervise the games. And Deborah Strozier, our property manager, did a great job pulling everything together for another successful day here at Pemberton.”

Special guests included Salisbury Mayor James Ireton, and members of the Salisbury Police Department and its Safe Streets program. “Through the work of Pemberton’s management company, the city and the city police, Pemberton Manor has been transformed,” Mayor Ireton said. “I am proud to visit there and see the progress and appreciate all of the efforts by those who know that safe, affordable housing is possible and necessary in the lives of our citizens.”

Following the event, Krohn and Strozier delivered goodie bags with snack items to Pemberton Manor’s senior-citizen residents, including Viola Drew. “I have been a resident here since 2004, and to see the activities on this property for the children really makes me smile,” she said. “I look forward to this event each year to see the joy on the children’s faces.”

Tryko Partners, a private equity real estate group based in Brick, N.J., purchased Pemberton Manor in 2011 and started this annual tradition in 2012 – shortly after completing a $1 million property renovation there. Located on 60 acres at 1020 Fairground Drive, Pemberton Manor features 19 brick-clad, garden-style buildings. Its 209 one-, two- and three-bedroom residences include both market-rate and HUD affordable housing units.

The fall celebration is in keeping with the company’s commitment to engender a sense of community at its properties. As a truly hands-on operator, the firm assists residents in any capacity possible, and the company has had great success in working with neighborhood leaders and community organizations that help residents who need it.

To that end, Tryko Partners founded the Pemberton Manor Youth Coalition. The program provides bagged lunches to children in need during the school year, and breakfast and lunch during summer vacation. After-school homework help is available in the management office as well, and the community room includes a collection of books donated by the Mayor’s Office.