BILD members raise more than $35,000 for charity

July 15, 2016

BILD members raise more than $35,000 for charity

Greater Toronto, July 15, 2016 - Members of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) raised $35,000 for community partner Habitat for Humanity GTA through a scavenger hunt and charity BBQ on July 13.

Hundreds of industry professionals from the home building, land development and professional renovation industry participated in the seventh annual Race for Humanity and the 24th annual BILD Charity BBQ.

"BILD has been a proud community partner with Habitat for Humanity GTA since 2003," said BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey. "With the help of our members, our Association has helped build new homes for 13 working, low-income families in the GTA."

The Race for Humanity saw 17 teams compete in a scavenger hunt around the City of Toronto, raising $10,000. Contestants participated in a series of challenges in exchange for clues directing them to the location of the next challenge. The Race's final challenge was held at BILD headquarters where contestants arrived just in time for the BBQ.

More than 600 builders, developers, renovators and other industry professionals attended the BBQ and helped raise $25,000 by participating in the silent auction and other activities.

All proceeds from the two events support Habitat for Humanity GTA's efforts to build a new home for the Mohammeds, a family of seven currently living in a rented poorly maintained home in an unsafe neighbourhood.

"Thank you to people throughout the development industry for the way that you reach out and help us give a hand up to working low-income families throughout our community here in the GTA," said Habitat for Humanity GTA CEO Ene Underwood. "What you do through your sponsorship made a phenomenal difference, not just for the 13 sponsored families, but for so many more families that you are helping through member donations to our ReStores, participating in build days, providing expertise and all the different ways that you help us do what we do every day."

BILD thanks its Humanitarian Champions Bell and Caesarstone, event sponsors, auction donors, volunteers and guests for all of their activities that helped raise money. Special thanks go to In2ition Realty and the Toronto Star for organizing the Race for Humanity, and the member-driven BILD BBQ Committee for their work on the Charity BBQ.

"The Race and Charity BBQ are put together by member volunteers who spent countless hours, planning activities, calling up sponsors, creating promotional materials and more," Tuckey said. "The success of these fundraisers is a direct result of our members' commitment to giving back to the community."

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With more than 1,450 members, BILD, formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development Institute/Ontario, is the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area.  BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

For additional information or to schedule an interview, contact Andrei Zaretski, Manager of Marketing and Media Relations, at 416-391-3450 or 416-843-4898 or azaretski@bildgta.ca.