On Monday morning, representatives from Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Builders Care, got a big surprise.  The Aubuchon Team of Companies, led by Gary Aubuchon and Jeff Miloff, surprised the group with a donation of nearly $7,500.00 instead of the $3700 first indicated.  Amongst hugs and company VIPs, the Aubuchon Team of Companies presented a new check to Heidi Taulman, executive director Lee BIA Builders Care.

“We continue to be impressed with the services provided by Builders Care and their partners in the building industry, said Gary Aubuchon.  “And we are excited to be a part of the team to help more families in our area.”

Each year, The Aubuchon Team of Companies hosts a fundraiser for local charities through its Helping Hands for the Holidays event.  The 2011 holiday event raised over $11,000 for local charities. To date, The Aubuchon Team of Companies has donated over $30,000 over the past five years to help the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) Builders Care program provide free home repair services to disadvantaged Lee County residents.

“This is such a wonderful surprise and an awesome commitment to the community, Builders Care and the industry,’’ said Heidi Taulman Builders Care executive director.  Gary Aubuchon, president of The Aubuchon Team of Companies, serves on the board of directors for the Lee Building Industry Association as an ex-officio.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. 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 LeeCounty. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Suite 104 in Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. inFort   Myers. Moreinformation is available by calling 239-938-0056.