October 3 - Building industry raises $25,000 for charity

October 3, 2011

Building industry raises $25,000 for charity

GREATER TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2011 - Over 120 members of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) participated in a collective cycling event on Sunday, September 25 in support of Habitat for Humanity Toronto, raising over $25,000 as a result.

What made this event, called the Ride for Humanity, so special was the fact that it was dedicated to the late BILD President and CEO Stephen Dupuis, who passed away suddenly on September 23.

"Stephen was an indoor cyclist, which was something he brought up quite frequently, so this was particularly exciting for him," said BILD Chair Paul Golini Jr., who led the way on his bike for the full 50 kilometres. "He was so proud of creating such a unique event for our industry, we felt like we had to make sure it would go on as planned. This Ride for Humanity was a tribute to Stephen and everything he has done for both the industry and the community, which is why it will continue as an annual tradition in his honour for years to come."

Proceeds will go towards Habitat for Humanity Toronto - BILD's community partner and a charity Dupuis has supported for nearly eight years - and its goal to build affordable housing for low-income families.

"For months, as BILD planned the first annual Ride for Humanity, it was clear that this event was going to be quintessential Stephen - full of fun, energy and, most importantly, purpose," said Neil Hetherington, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Toronto. "It was clear that not only was his enthusiasm contagious, but his engaging disposition also lead people to do great things, and the Ride for Humanity was a great thing, raising funds in support of BILD's 8th Habitat Toronto sponsored home.  More importantly, however, it became a fitting memorial to our great friend. "

BILD would like to thank all the event sponsors, volunteers and participants for all the support and congratulate everyone involved on a highly successful event. For more on the event, visit the official blog at bildblogs.ca, find bildgta on Facebook or follow @bildgta on Twitter.

With more than 1,350 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.

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To obtain photos from the event or to schedule an interview with BILD Chair Paul Golini Jr., please contact Andrei Zaretski at azaretski@bildgta.ca or 416-391-3450 or 416-843-4898.