BBQ, Bands & Brew fundraiser raises $116,000 to benefit Lee BIA Builders Care

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Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) raised a record total of $116,000 during the seventh annual BBQ, Bands & Brew event held Sunday, April 3 at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Presented by All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales, the fundraiser attracted more than 7,500 guests, featuring live music, local barbecue restaurants, vendors, a barbecue competition, the fourth annual Poker Run, a cornhole tournament and activities for children. Funds raised from the event benefited Builders Care, which provides emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged residents in Lee County.

“With the help of about 175 volunteers, a dedicated board of directors and our hardworking staff, we produced another amazing evenPhoto 7t to benefit Builders Care, achieving a 38 percent increase in funds raised over last year’s event,” said Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Builders Care. “We thank the local bands, vendors, sponsors, fantastic weather and phenomenal Southwest Florida community for making this day such a success.”

Live music was performed throughout the festivities by Soapy Tuna, Rocker, Deb & the Dynamics and The Alter Ego Band of Fort Myers, and nine barbecue vendors and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love provided delicious food for guests to enjoy. A team of celebrity judges voted BurgerQue as winner of Best BBQ in Town. Other winners included Best Side Dish by Famous Dave’s, Best Ribs by MOFO’s, Best Chicken by Sweetwater Wings & Ribs,Photo 2 Best Pork by BurgerQue, Best Presentation by Famous Dave’s, and for the seventh year straight, the People’s Choice Award went to Jonesez BBQ.

The seventh annual BBQ, Bands & Brew was presented by All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales as title sponsor. Other sponsors included Ferguson, Sunset Air Conditioning, Gateway Charter School, Cape Coral Plumbing, Moen, Minto Communities, Stock Development, Action Automatic Door & Gate, Acra Electric, Banks Engineering, Brent’s Music, Carter-Pritchett Advertising, Everglades Farm Equipment, Five County Insurance, Florida Hydronic Solutions, Florida Weekly, Grabber Construction Products, Happenings Magazine, iHeartMedia, Kinetico Quality Water, Land Solutions Inc., Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), J Steakley Wealth Management, Juniper Landscaping, J.W. Craft Portable Restrooms, Lightning Wireless Solutions, N Square, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing, Promotional Incentives, Sarlo Power Mowers, Southern Accents Catering, Southern Gulf Equipment, Stevens Construction, Suncoast Beverages/Budweiser,Photo 6 and WINK-TV.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $3.8 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Certified Building Partners include Stock Development and Minto Communities. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Sunset Air and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The BuilPhoto 9ding Industry Association (www.BIA.net) is a 50-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association to serve the local building and related industries to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Builders Care presents BBQ, Bands and Brew fundraiser April 3

Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) is hosting the seventh annual BBQ, Bands and Brew on SuPhoto 2nday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales is this year’s title sponsor. The fundraiser is open to the public and will feature live music from Soapy Tuna, Rocker, Deb & the Dynamics and The Alter Ego Band of Fort Myers, along with several local barbecue restaurants, vendors, BBQ competition to name the Best BBQ in town and activities for kids. Admission is $10 per person. Children ages 12 and under are free, and free parking is available.

Also part of the event is the fourth annual Poker Run that begins at 9 a.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson and includes a ride around Fort Myers before ending at BBQ, Bands & Brew at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Registration is $25 and $10 for passengers, and includes admission to the event. Best hand wins $500 and Harley-Davidson gear.

New to this yeaPhoto 8r’s event is a cornhole tournament, which will begin with registration from 11 a.m. to noon, with the tournament commencing at noon. The tournament is open to the public, double-elimination format and participants must bring a partner to play. The cost is $20 per two-person team, and prizes include $400 for first place and $100 for second place.

The seventh annual BBQ, Bands and Brew is presented by All Star Equipment Rentals and Sales as title sponsor. Other sponsors include: Ferguson, Sunset Air Conditioning, Gateway Charter School, Cape Coral Plumbing, Moen, Minto Communities, Stock Development, Action Automatic Door & Gate, Banks Engineering, Brent’s Music, Carter-Pritchett Advertising, Everglades Farm Equipment, Five County Insurance, Florida Weekly, Grabber Construction Products, Happenings Magazine, iHeartMedia, Kinetico Quality Water, Land Solutions Inc., Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), J Steakley Wealth Management, Juniper Landscaping, J.W. Craft Portable Restrooms, Lightning Wireless Solutions, N Square, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing, Promotional Incentives, Sarlo Power Mowers, Southern Gulf Equipment, Stevens Construction, Suncoast Beverages/Budweiser, and WINK-TV.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Lee County Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort MyePhoto 1rs, Stevens Construction at 6208 Whiskey Creek Drive in Fort Myers and the Lee BIA office at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118, in Fort Myers, or tickets can be reserved by calling 239-938-0056 or emailing BBQ@bia.net. Additional information is available at www.BBQBandsandBrew.com.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $3.8 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Certified Building Partners include Stock Development and Minto Communities. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Sunset Air and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 in FoPhoto 3rt Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net) is a 50-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association to serve the local building and related industries to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

GMA Architects & Planners win Summit Awards

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GMA Architects & Planners (GMA) received two Summit Awards during the Lee Building Industry Association’s annual Summit Awards held Oct. 17 at Quail West in Naples, Florida. GMA Architects & Planners were presented with awards for two Best Architectural Projects – in the commercial category for the design of the Gulf Shore Pediatric Dentistry and for the renovation of Scanlon Acura.

The Summit Award’s program recognizes success and professionalism within the commercial construction and remodeling industry. Created by the Commercial Contractors Council of the Lee BIA, the Summit Awards provide an opportunity to recognize excellence in this effort. Judging takes place outside of the local area by experienced industry professionals.

For more than 30 years, GMA has been Southwest Florida’s leading architectural design firm. Earning recognition from the Florida Southwest American Institute of Architects, the Lee County Building Industry Association and the Florida Home Builders Association, the firm has provided award-winning architectural and interior design services for a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, including several leading area developers. For more information, call 239-275-0225 or visit www.GMAarchitect.com.

Lee County building industry, local leaders partner to help local homeowner in need

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Photo Caption: Heidi Taulman, Chris Brasher, Michel Reitman, Brenda Thomas, Mayor Henderson, County Commissioner Brian Hamman, Saeed Kazemi, Randy Thibaut, Wendi Carroll, Bob Bassett, and homeowner Kay Hoagland

Builders Care and the Lee Building Industry Association Board of Directors rolled up their sleeves along with Fort Myers and Lee County officials to help local homeowner Kay Hoagland, a retired Fort Myers Publix bakery worker and former Army wife. The team completed much-needed home improvement projects including pressure washing, painting and landscaping.

Earlier this year, 80-year-old Hoagland was the recipient of a new roof provided by Roof Smart of Southwest Florida in partnership with Builders Care and the Harper Foundation. Roof restoration included replacement of rotting wood and drywall repairs inside the home from on-going water leaks.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put nearly $3.3 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Major supporters include Cape Coral Plumbing, Ferguson Enterprises, Minto Communities, Nilles Design Group, Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida, Stock Development and The Aubuchon Team of Companies. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 50-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association to serve the local building and related industries to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.leebuilderscare.com.

A Remodeler’s Dream-Come-True! Builders Care building product blow-out event huge success

Posted February 20th, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in News, Public Relations

Builders Care blowout sale Feb. 2014Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), raised more than $12,000 during the fifth semi-annual building product blow-out to help local homeowners in need. More than 300 people attended the half-day event held on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cape Coral Plumbing.

The fundraiser included new items and donated goods from local suppliers and building industry related companies. They provided great deals on all kinds of items including appliances, lighting, plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets and paint.

“This year’s fundraiser was a huge success,” said Heidi Taulman, Builders Care executive director. “The sale brought in $12,000 which was $2,000 more than last year’s sales. This money will enable Builders Care to provide roofs, wheelchair ramps, bathroom renovations and more to residents in need in Lee County.”

Supporting companies included Priority Marketing, Ferguson Kitchen, Lighting & Bath, Cape Coral Plumbing, Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings, Modern Tile, R.T. Moore, Suncoast Contractors Supply, Hide-Away Storage, Norris Home Furnishings, United Mechanical, Stock Development, Aubuchon Team of Companies, D&D Garage Doors and Dal-Tile.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104, Fort Myers FL 33966. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

A Remodeler’s Dream! Builders Care to host Feb. 15 building product blow-out event

Posted January 31st, 2014 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events

Get started now on those long-planned renovations for your home or office! Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), will host its fourth semi-annual building product garage sale to raise funds to help local homeowners in need. Local suppliers and building industry related companies are providing great deals on all kinds of items including appliances, lighting, plumbing fixtures, kitchen cabinets and paint. All proceeds will benefit Builders Care and help provide emergency construction services to elderly and disabled Lee County homeowners in need.

The sale will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cape Coral Plumbing, located at 5812 Enterprise Pkwy. in the Billy Creek Commerce Center off Luckett Road, just west of I-75. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested per adult. Beverages and snacks will be available.

“This is a remodeler’s dream sale,” said Heidi Taulman, Builders Care executive director. “This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of great deals that will ultimately help a local neighbor in need. We have tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of materials for pennies on the dollar.”

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout LeeCounty. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104, Fort Myers FL 33966. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org , or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Lee BIA Builders Care honored by Florida Senate leadership

Posted March 11th, 2013 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

The Majority Leader of the Florida Senate, Senator  Lizbeth Benacquisto, recognized Lee Building Industry Association’s Builders Care program for their service in the community at the Annual Regional Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Plantation Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers. Senator Benacquisto represents Florida Senate District 30 which includes parts of Lee and Charlotte counties. The Annual Luncheon was hosted by Senator Benacquisto and featured the President of the Florida Senate, Senator Don Gaetz as this year’s speaker. This event is held just prior to the opening of the annual session of the Florida Legislature.

Each year an individual and a local organization are recognized for their extraordinary efforts to the community. This year’s honorees were Michael Reitmann, long-time building industry and community leader and Lee BIA Builders Care. An award for exemplary community service was presented to Lee BIA Builders Care, President Butch Ritter. Among 230 people, including many political leaders from around Southwest Florida and the State, attended the event.

“Builders Care and the building industry provide a tremendous service to our community and bring people together to help others in need,” said Senator Benacquisto.  “We are so excited to recognize their efforts.”

Builders Care recently hit a milestone in completing over $2 million in construction services to date and completing more than 130 projects in Lee County for needy and deserving elderly and disabled homeowners in need.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout LeeCounty. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 104 in Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. inFort Myers. Moreinformation is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Stevens Construction earns Contractor of the Year for second consecutive year

Posted October 22nd, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in News

Stevens Construction Inc. earned five awards at the seventh annual Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Commercial Contractors Council Summit Awards event on Oct. 20, including the highest honor of Contractor of the Year, which the company won in 2011 and 2007.

A panel of judges from Orlando named Stevens Construction Contractor of the Year based on criteria such the company’s achievement of goals as they increased revenue by 30 percent over last year, maintaining outstanding client relations earning 80 percent of business from referred or repeat clients, and superior community relations with active involvement in Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Builders Care and Toys for Tots.

Stevens Construction also won a Summit Award in the industrial category, winning the $0-$1.9M division for Suncoast Beverage Sales in Fort Myers.

The company earned a Summit for the $0-$1.9M category in build-out/tenant in-fill projects for Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida.

In the design build category, Stevens Construction won the $2M-$4.9M division for The Center for Specialized Surgery in Fort Myers. This project also earned a merit award in the $2M-$4.9M division of the healthcare category.

Stevens Construction has earned 26 Summit Awards since the program began in 2006.

The Summit Awards program recognizes BIA members who have obtained an outstanding level of success and demonstrated superior professionalism in the commercial construction industry throughout the year. The projects were judged for quality of construction, challenges, timeliness of completion, client satisfaction and safety.

With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting, and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and warranty service. The company builds commercial, healthcare and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.

Builders Care completes extreme home makeover for Fort Myers couple

Posted June 27th, 2012 by Priority Marketing and filed in Uncategorized

Builders Care, with the help of several local Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) members and volunteers, has completed renovations at the home of the Morales family in Fort Myers. The two-week project involved the complete remodel of the bathroom to include installing a roll-in shower for handicap accessibility, replacing broken sidewalks and railings, replacing a new air conditioning and more.

Andres and Dolores Morales are in their late 80s and enjoy spending time with their daughter, grandchildren and great granddaughter. Before Builders Care offered assistance, the Morales family was forced to bathe in a bathroom with leaking water that had significant mold growth and was not handicap accessibile. After using what little savings they had to replace the roof, the Morales family had no additional money for additional home repairs.

Bathroom renovations included widening the doorway to accommodate a walker. In addition, all new fixtures, flooring, grab bars and a linen closet were installed. The air conditioning in the home had not worked in months and was completely replaced with all new equipment. Renovations were completed in partnership with the office of Community Development with Lee County as part of the State Housing Initiatives Program, Builders Care volunteers and Lee BIA members. Twelve companies worked to complete the project in less than two weeks. The estimated value of the construction work provided exceeds $26,000.

This was project no. 115 for Builders Care increasing the total emergency construction services provided to nearly $1.9 million since 2006.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 104 in Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.

Builders Care to host miniature golf tournament

Posted October 21st, 2011 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events

Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), will host its third annual miniature golf tournament to raise funds to help local homeowners in need. BIA members and the community are invited to come out and play a round of 18 holes and join in the festivities to benefit local elderly and disabled homeowners in need.

On Nov. 3, golf professionals and amateurs alike will tee off at Castle Golf, located at 7400 Gladiolus Dr. in Fort Myers. The cost for individual adults is $20 or $60 for a family of four. Children under 12 are $10 each. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. and scramble will start at 6 p.m. Beverages, snacks and prizes will be provided.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to come together to help raise funds that will ultimately help a local neighbor in need,” said Heidi Taulman, Builders Care executive director.

Mini Golf Tournament sponsors include the Lee BIA and Bolaños, Truxton, P.A. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Registration information for the Mini Golf Tournament fundraiser is available online at www.LeeBuildersCare.com . All proceeds will help Builders Care provide emergency construction services to elderly and disabled Lee County homeowners in need.