Lee BIA Builders Care recently hosted the food and wine fundraiser known as the “Burly Wine Experience,” bringing the building industry community together to raise money for three deserving needy families in Lee County. Over the course of the evening, $50,000 was raised in donations and services valued over $75,000 were donated from national homebuilder, Lennar Homes.
As the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), Lee BIA Builders Care provides emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means.
Funds raised through the “Burly Wine Experience” will grant life-changing projects for three local families, including a bathroom remodel and additional improvements to aid a couple in caring for their adult son, who was born with Klinefelter syndrome and diagnosed with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis at a young age; a new roof and other life-changing improvements for a 61-year-old currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, and outfitting an accessible bathroom for a 93-year-old World War II veteran and his family. Lee BIA Builders Care will complete two of these projects before the holidays, with the third slated to begin in January.
“The goal of the evening was to raise money to provide renovations such as handicap accessible bathrooms, wheelchair ramps and extensive roof repairs,” said Becky Swift, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “We vastly exceeded our fundraising goal and we are looking forward to improving the quality of life for the three families presented at the event. I am truly amazed to see members of our community step up and give back to those in need.”
The event featured an exquisite four-course meal personally crafted by acclaimed executive chef Brian Roland, owner of Crave Culinaire and Venue Naples. The dinner included wine pairings from Napa Valley boutique winery, Burly Wine, and a lively presentation by winery owner Hank McCrorie and his winemaker, Massimo Monticelli.
The “Burly Wine Experience” was sponsored by Investor’s Security Trust, Land Solutions, Private Physicians of Southwest Florida, Storm Smart and IBERIABANK.
About Lee BIA Builders Care
Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.5 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care and the Lee BIA are headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. #4 in Fort Myers. The Lee Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net) is a 64-year-old association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to promote, protect and preserve homeownership, private property rights and affordable housing by advocating for balanced laws, regulation and fees through member education and outreach. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.