BRADENTON, Fla. — For the fourth consecutive year, Neal Communities, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, is partnering with Pace Center for Girls of Manatee County as a Diamond Duck sponsor of the nonprofit’s Lucky Ducky Race for Pace.
Neal Communities did more than just donate $5,000 for the cause. Every year, the builder’s team members also host a team to adopt rubber ducks, raising even more funds to help the Pace Center for Girls of Manatee County change the lives of teenage girls in Manatee County.
On May 11 at Caddy’s at the Pointe in Bradenton, more than 25,000 adopted rubber ducks will float down the Manatee River, winning its owner prizes. The 10th year running, the Lucky Ducky Race for Pace raised more than $150,000 last year.
“We are grateful that Neal Communities believes in our mission,” said Amy Wick Mavis, executive director of Pace Center for Girls of Manatee County. “They not only support Pace Center for Girls of Manatee County financially but their staff also contributes their time by helping with special events for our girls and their families. As a Diamond sponsor of the Lucky Ducky Race for Pace, their support provides much-needed funds for our program and necessities, such as uniforms and transportation to school. Partners like Neal Communities, who invest their resources as well as their time, show our Pace girls how dedicated our community is to their success.”
Pace Center for Girls of Manatee County is a year-round school that provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The comprehensive program integrates social services and education in an individualized manner, and it is recognized nationally as the most effective program in the country for keeping adolescent girls out of the juvenile justice system. Pace Center for Girls of Manatee County uses a strengths-based approach that harnesses the unique potential of each girl with a focus on future outcomes. Last year, the nonprofit helped more than 2,000 girls in 21 communities in Florida.
About Neal Communities
With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 90 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 14,000 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.