Sarasota, Fla. – Neal Communities donated $3,000 for the Sarasota Housing Authority’s 2nd Annual “Honor the Badge” event on December 14, 2013. More than 40 Sarasota Police Officers were on hand to help over 80 children shop for the holidays.
“We feel it’s important to sponsor events that that honor our hometown heroes and give back to our community, especially when it involves our community’s youth,” said Pat Neal, Neal Communities’ President and CEO. “We enjoy events like this because of the spotlight it puts on an important cause in our community. It’s heartwarming to see the children’s faces light up from not only spending one-on-one time with law enforcement officers, but also from receiving much needed gifts at this special time of year,” said Neal.
The event is intended to help build mutual trust and respect between children living in Sarasota Housing Authority communities and law enforcement officials that work in those areas.
Neal Communities joined other local businesses, religious organizations, individuals, and the Sarasota Police Department to sponsor this event, resulting in nearly $10,000. Honor the Badge was held at the North Sarasota Target on Fruitville Road, where children and their families arrived to officers cheering and clapping, ready to help the children with a holiday shopping spree.
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.