Sarasota, Fla. – Neal Communities has contributed $1,500 to the 2013 Empty Bowls luncheon as an Artisan Sponsor. The Food Bank of Manatee County hosts the annual event and proceeds raised help local children, families and seniors in need.
“Just as we care about the homes we build in our communities, we also care about the people who live in our communities. Too many people are in need, and we believe in helping whenever possible,” said Neal Communities’ President, Pat Neal. “The Food Bank of Manatee County does great things for families in need, and we are grateful for the opportunity to sponsor this event.”
Guests at the luncheon events enjoy a variety of soup donated by local restaurants; the meal of soup and bread symbolizes the need of neighbors and how the local community can work together to fulfill that need. Last year, The Food Bank of Manatee distributed 3.8 million pounds of food to families in Manatee County and this year they hope to surpass four million pounds.
“We typically raise around $20,000 for The Food Bank of Manatee through the Empty Bowls fundraiser. This year, the need is even greater so we hope to surpass that number,” said Cindy Sloan, Director of The Food Bank of Manatee. “We appreciate the support of Neal Communities in our efforts to fight hunger in Manatee County.”
Empty Bowls 2013 will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on both Friday, October 18, at Renaissance on 9th near downtown Bradenton, and on Saturday, October 19, on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. To get involved, or to find more information and purchase tickets, visit: http://www.foodbankofmanatee.org/sponsorship.php.
Neal Communities was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked #1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked #64 nationally among homebuilders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 9,000 homes in Southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. John Neal Homes, Neal Signature Homes, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 29 Parade of Homes 2013 awards, 49 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards, and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.nealcommunities.com.