LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Neal Communities, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, made a $2,500 sponsorship donation as a Boss Hog Sponsor for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children’s 9th annual Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash on April 20-21.
The homebuilder has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, having sponsored the Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash for the past several years.
“I would like to thank Neal Communities for their generous support,” said Don Fisher, chairman and founder of the Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash. “It is people like them who have allowed us to produce an entirely free community event, which has grown to be the largest barbecue event in southwest Florida and supports the lives of thousands of special needs children in our community.”
The Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash is southwest Florida’s premier barbecue and bluegrass event, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The event is designed to bring nationally recognized BBQ pit masters and bluegrass bands to Florida in a family-friendly way. The fundraiser aims to raise awareness and contributions for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children as well as other participating area nonprofit organizations.
The 9th annual Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash will be held at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds. Admission and parking are free. The event will begin Friday morning with the annual sporting clays tournament, at the Sarasota Gun Club, followed by the TGIF party with a classic car and truck cruise-in, fish fry and live music.
On Saturday, guests will enjoy a full day of barbecue and bluegrass highlighted by a BBQ Cook-Off Contest that will also serve as a qualifier for the Jack Daniels World Championships and the American Royal World Series of Barbecuing competitions with the winner receiving $20,000 in prizes and an invitation to the World Food Championships and the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. In addition, guests will enjoy an afternoon of bluegrass, craft beers, a chili cook-off, corn hole tournament, exhibits and family activities, including a kids park with face painting, games and rides.
Proceeds from the event will be used to support and maintain both current and future facilities as well as helping ensure the legacies of those who were instrumental in supporting the foundation’s mission.
The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children has constructed 75,000 square feet of buildings in Sarasota County, which are leased for $1 per year to nonprofit agencies, such as Special Olympics, The Florida Center, Community Haven, Children’s First, Challenger Basketball, Sertoma Speech Clinic and the Loveland Center. Each year, they serve more than 8,000 children and families with disabilities.
About Neal Communities
With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 successful communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and 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 No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine.
To date, Neal has built over 13,000 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. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include numerous Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.NealCommunities.com.