LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX), a not-for-profit trade organization, recently wrapped up its Building the Community and the Industry membership drive, resulting in a $2,000 contribution to the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity by the first place winner – Darrell Turner, marketing director of the West Coast division for Current Builders.
The successful membership drive, which began in February 2019, added 46 new members to the 400 companies already associated with the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Turner recruited 26 of those new businesses. The second place winner was Jon Kleiber, the regional manager for High Associates.
“Our team always tries to help and participate with projects for Habitat for Humanity in any way that we can,” said Turner. For this donation, we were able to pick out a family, and our team chose to help a single mom with a young daughter. The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange is a great group of people, and this is an example of that.”
Located at 2210 10th St. W. in Bradenton, the home is currently under construction for Manatee Habitat homebuyer Robin Chacon-Primous and her daughter. The newest home will be the seventh house the nonprofit is building in a neighborhood near LECOM Park and Village of the Arts. The three-bedroom and two-bathroom home is scheduled to be complete in October 2019.
“We are so thankful to Current Builders for their generous gift to Manatee Habitat for Humanity on behalf of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange,” said Diana Shoemaker, executive director of the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. “This donation will contribute to the construction costs of the 136 Habitat home and help Robin achieve the dream of homeownership.”
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) is a nonprofit, non-denominational, Christian ecumenical housing ministry that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
The Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational, Christian ecumenical housing ministry that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The nonprofit began operation in 1994, and to date, has built 129 homes in Manatee County. Working alongside qualified partner families, the affiliate has successfully built two communities – Washington Park with 12 homes and Village of the Palms with 34 homes.
About the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX) was established in 1952 and is a not-for-profit corporation operating as a trade organization under the guidance of a volunteer board of directors as representatives of the industry. The not-for-profit organization represents a broad cross section of the building industry, including contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others from affiliated industries. The GCBX membership is comprised of close to 400 companies in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. It includes some of the most respected contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, service providers and businesses in construction-affiliated industries. GCBX’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the building industry are conducted in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. For more information, visit www.GCBX.org.