Bradenton, FL – March 23, 2021 – Home is where the heart is, and that’s why Marshall Gobuty, founder and President of Pearl Homes, is donating the Pearl Homes’ “concept home” to Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, an organization celebrating 75 years of helping local youth realize their full potential and envision a great future. The donation will take place via an auction the non-profit organization will hold starting in the fall of this year.
The concept home provided the foundation for three of Pearl Homes’ communities now in development in Manatee County. The luxury living Gulf Coast residences at Hunters Point in Cortez, Florida and two workforce housing projects in the revitalized downtown area of Bradenton, The Epic and The Met.
Pearl Homes is the leader in sustainable, environmentally friendly houses, and has successfully built USGBC LEED Platinum houses in Manatee County over the past decade. Over the past three years, over a million dollars of research and development went into the concept home, a prototype that was constructed and designed in a research and design center in Manatee County. Gobuty considers this donation to the Clubs as a way to thank an integral part of the Manatee community for the success and growth of the company.
“There have been many positive changes in the Manatee County community since I first started building Mirabella, which is the development project that led to the creation of the Pearl Home. That’s why, a big part of saying thanks involves helping shape the future for those who need it most – our kids,” said Marshall Gobuty. “Over the years as a board member of the Foundation for Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, I witnessed firsthand, how the Clubs helped so many young people. If our investment in developing the next generation of housing for Manatee County’s residents can help further the Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission to mentor, guide and support the youth in our community, then it’s well worth it.”
“What Pearl Homes is doing to be sustainable captures all that the USGBC is about,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Observing Marshall and his team with Mirabella, and now with Hunters Point, clearly demonstrates their commitment to the environment and a long term sustainability.”
Combining solar panels and Sonnen electric storage battery technology, with the ability to be self-sustaining and to contribute excess power back to the community and utility companies, the concept home is the perfect Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) or a live-work home for those who work remotely. Measuring 12 x 45 feet, the move-in ready 540 square foot Pearl Home concept home also includes all fixtures, furnishings, GE Energy Sense appliances and more.
“We are so appreciative of what Marshall and the Pearl Homes team have developed and thank them for their one of a kind donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County,” said Dawn Stanhope, President and CEO. “This type of donation, and the funds it will help raise, is more than just a gift. It shows how spirited, devoted and caring members of our community can find new and unique ways to help us carry on our efforts for the future.”
The online auction will be held in September and managed by Tranzon Driggers, part of the Tranzon, LLC network of experienced and highly respected auction companies located throughout the United States. The bid amounts will be visible, but the bidders’ names will not be disclosed. The winning bidder will receive the Pearl Home, with all proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The winning bidder will be responsible for transporting and setting up the home on their property with guidance and direction from the Pearl Homes team. Other terms and conditions will apply.
For more information visit the auction website located at: https://www.bgcmanatee.org/MillionDollarHome.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County’s mission is “to enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” In operation since 1946, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County currently provides afterschool and summer programs for over 1,500 young people at six locations (2 traditional Clubs and 4 school-based Clubs). The Clubs offer a safe place to learn and grow, where members experience both life-enhancing and character-building programs focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. For more information, call 941-761-2582 or visit https:/www.bgcmanatee.org.
MEDIA ALERT: A Special Q&A will be held on Wednesday, March 31st at 2pm ET via Zoom with Pearl Homes founder, Marshall Gobuty and Boys & Girls Clubs CEO, Dawn Stanhope. The session will be moderated by Jessica Peterson, well-known real estate agent from Sarasota, FL. To join the session, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VEdDRaKVT7mkTna3QyGu-A