June 11, 2016

Builders association donates over $73,000 to local charities

Austin, Texas (May 16, 2016) – On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the HBA presented two checks for $36,667.00 each to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Proceeds were generated from the HBA’s Benefit Home project in Rancho Sienna, a new-home community being developed by Newland Communities in northwestern Williamson County.  The Nathaniel, a two-story home, built by Chesmar Homes, is 2,838 sq. ft. and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a game room, and an oversized two-car garage.  It was sold on the open market. Led by Chesmar Homes, HBA members work together to solicit materials and donations to help build the new home.

HBA-Donation-RMHC-web“We are deeply grateful to the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, Chesmar Homes and Newland Communities for generously supporting our children and families with the 2015 Benefit Home,” comments Carolyn Schwarz, chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. “A community of builders, contractors and service providers came together to build and sell a beautiful home to to support our families with hospitalized children. Their kindness will make a tremendous difference to the families that rely on our “home-away-from-home”.

HBA-Donation-DCM-web“Becoming a community champion is no easy feat; logistics, planning and execution all weigh in the forefront of every champion mind as they go to ensure that the end result—the donation to Dell Children’s Medical Center—is successfully done,” says Armando Zambrano, Director of Annual Giving. “The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin is a shining example of what it means to be a community champion and to do so seemingly effortlessly. We’re thankful for the unwavering dedication, effort and championing it took to be able to donate this $36,000 wonderful gift to Dell Children’s.”

“The HBA has a long standing history of giving back to our community through charitable donations and we are proud of that,” says HBA Executive Vice President Emily Lubbers.

Last year, the HBA donated more than $50,000, over half the net proceeds from the sale of the 2014 Benefit Home, to Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. To date, the HBA has supported dozens of local charities and educational institutions with more than $2,000,000 in donations.

“Chesmar Homes is honored to have been a part of the HBA’s annual Benefit Home project,” says Sean Chandler, president of Chesmar Homes. “I can’t think of a worthier cause to give to than those who help our precious children and their families in their time of need. Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House are great local resources.” Chesmar Homes led the effort to secure vendors to contribute to the home’s construction. The Nathaniel plan is one of the builder’s most popular designs.

Newland Communities provided the homesite at a significant discount in its new community of Rancho Sienna, located on Ronald Reagan Blvd. along one of Austin’s fastest-growing residential corridors. The community is situated on the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country and features ample tree cover, rolling hills and amazing views and natural open space, all connected by a community trail system

“Rancho Sienna is a great place to reconnect with family and friends, which is especially important during times of stress.  We hope the proceeds will benefit families in their most vulnerable moments,” says Vaike O’Grady, Newland Communities marketing director and 2015 VP of special projects for the HBA.

IMG_0437-webThe HBA broke ground on its 2016 Benefit Home at Santa Rita Ranch North, just minutes away from Rancho Sienna on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Williamson County on yesterday. The 4-bedroom, 3.5-bedroom home, built by Scott Felder Homes on a lot generously donated by Santa Rita Ranch’s developer, SRKC, LLC, will have an estimated market value of $350,000 to $430,000. The HBA has selected three beneficiaries: Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Community First Village for the chronically homeless.

About the HBA

Since 1953, the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin has served as the leading not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to residential construction and remodeling in Central Texas. The HBA works with government, public, business and community organizations in six counties – Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson – to protect every family’s right to home ownership. For more information, visit www.hbaaustin.com.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children through four programs: Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, Happy Wheels Carts and Healing Hearts program. The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room programs provide a “home-away-from-home” to keep families together as their critically ill or injured children heal in the hospital. RMHC CTX recently expanded its services to Bryan-College Station and opened a fifth Ronald McDonald Family Room at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital. The Happy Wheels Cart program strolls the hospital hallways to bring tokens of comfort to families with children in the hospital. To support families who have tragically lost children, the Healing Hearts program provides burial assistance and bereavement support. For more information, visit rmhc-ctx.org, follow RMHC CTX on Twitter (@RMHCCTX), or on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHCCTX).

About Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is the only dedicated freestanding pediatric facility in the region. Serving a 46-county area and beyond, Dell Children’s is the premier health care provider for children and adolescents. Our mission is to be a center of excellence for children’s health with a strong alliance of expert personnel, facilities and other specialty resources. We believe that no child should be refused healthcare regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.