David Winn
David Winn

Casa de Campo. It’s all about paradise and good times, right? Well not exactly, because the heart, the soul, that thing that makes Casa de Campo really special is our community, and when our community asks for help, support, love, we pull together and we give unconditionally. So today before you head out for a round on the Teeth of the Dog, or a dip in the pool, take a moment to not only keep reading this post, but also to give. 

The rest of this post I hand over to Katie Winn, daughter of Krystyna and David Winn who have been part of the Casa de Campo community for more than 20 years.

“Hello Everyone! My name is Katie Winn, the daughter of David Winn. I am writing here today because I am participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS this SATURDAY, MAY 2ND, in NYC.

My family and friends are walking in honor of my dad, whom 2 years ago was diagnosed with Bulbar onset ALS. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.

If any of you are in NY and would like to join Team Winn the Fight or if you or anyone you know would like to just donate to Team Winn the Fight, you may do so by clicking HERE. It really means so much to my family and me to see all the love and support given from near and far!

My father is such an inspirational person to so many people, especially to myself. He is the most hard working man I have ever met and he has so much love to give. He is a person people look up to at work, he is the best friend anyone could have, he is a loving husband and most of all he is the greatest father anyone could ask for. When I found out that he was diagnosed with ALS, it was so heartbreaking for me but these past 2 years, I have watched him fight with everything he’s got and live his life like there is no tomorrow. I’m so proud of him, for everything he has done and everything has lived through. My dad is my Superhero!

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs in men and women regardless of age or background. At this moment there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer.

“Walk to Defeat ALS” is being held to raise funds for research and aid for ALS patients. If you can’t make it, it would mean so much to me, my family and others to make a donation of some sort or support our team by becoming a virtual walker.

With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease.”

Donate now, click here.

For those of you who don’t know the Winn family, or even for those of you who love and cherish them, you may enjoy the following two articles:

Our memories of Casa, by the Winn family

With factories in Santiago, the Winn family of New York first started to visit the Dominican Republic in the 1980’s, soon after deciding to buy a vacation home here. After first considering Puerto Plata, they were invited to lunch in Casa de Campo and fell in love, “it was perfect for 4 children and perfect for me”, Krystyna Winn told us. On their third visit they bought their villa in Las Cerezas, a home away from home which they still own and love today.

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An interview with Katie & David Winn, Casa de Campo’s favorite fashionistas!

A business man, David Winn ran his own company, the Winlit Group since 1969. This business sold outerwear clothing to nearly every department store in the United States, as well as to over 800 independent retailers. It was this business that brought the Winn family to the Dominican Republic, as they had factories near to Santiago. In 2005, David sold the Winlit Group to G-III Apparel Group, where he now works as Divisional President. Meanwhile Katie certainly caught the family’s passion for fashion and is also working at G-III Apparel in the Calvin Klein Sportswear division.

@cdcliving: Your father has achieved a lot in his lifetime, are you very proud of him?

I am so beyond proud of my father for everything he has done in his life. He always knows what he wants and he will do anything in his power to achieve his goals.

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