Highland Homes breaks ground on 2018 GHBA Benefit Home

Highland Homes and GHBA Break Ground for Charity

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Highland Homes breaks ground on 2018 GHBA Benefit Home

Pictured L to R: Front row – Zein Mangalji, Highland Homes; Sindee Cox, Highland Homes; Matt McGhee, Highland Homes; Jennifer Keller, Land Tejas; Susan Brown, Land Tejas; and Don Klein, GHBA. Back row – Sean Mulrooney, Highland Homes; Michael Coats, Highland Homes; Travis Ratzloff, Highland Homes; and Tim Johnson, Land Tejas.

Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) members gathered at the Information Center in Balmoral, to help mark the official groundbreaking of one of two GHBA Benefit Homes for 2018. Highland Homes, the builder of the Benefit Home and a number of guest speakers led the ceremony. From Highland were Matt McGhee, director of land; Sean Mulroony, division manager; Sindee Cox, purchasing manager and Zein Mangalji, division sales manager. From Land Tejas Companies, the developer who donated the lot, were Jennifer Keller, president; Tim Johnson, director of community sales and marketing; Susan Brown, marketing manager. Don Klein, president of the GHBA was the emcee.

Highland Homes is building its Windemere Plan with donated materials, labor and services by GHBA members who were also guests at the ground breaking ceremony. The companies included TTS Counter Tops, CLM Mortgage, Benedettini, IBS Lighting, Gulf Coast Windstorm, GE Appliances, Rock Materials, Eyeon Integrated Systems, Burgess, Anchor Drywall, RoofTec, Builders Post-Tension, and Keystone Stairs.


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Each year two to three homes are built for this GHBA charity fundraiser with donated land, construction management, materials, labor and services by GHBA members. These homes are constructed with upgrade materials and features and are sold at market value. Proceeds go to two local charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston spoke for HomeAid and Lee Kirgan spoke for OFH.

“Many of these companies who are participating this year have been long-time supporters of the charity. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our industry and to giving back to the community.”Don Klein, 2018 GHBA President

Since the project began 38 years ago, over $10 million has been raised.

“The weather held out and we had a tremendous turnout for this valuable GHBA fundraiser,” said Don Klein. “Many of these companies who are participating this year have been long-time supporters of the charity. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our industry and to giving back to the community.”

Highland’s Windemere Plan is 2,250 sq. ft. and features four bedrooms, three baths and a two-car garage. The island kitchen overlooks the spacious and open dining and living room, with a soaring two-story high ceiling and access to the extended outdoor living area. The master suite is complete with a large walk-in closet. Other features of this home include an additional bedroom and full bath downstairs, a game room and two upstairs bedrooms.

This is the 16th lot that Land Tejas has donated to the Benefit Homes Project. The second Benefit Home recently broke ground in Grand Vista. Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes is building its Rosebay Plan.

For more information on the Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Homes Project call the GHBA at 281-970-8970 or visit www.ghba.org/benefithomes.

 

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A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's Director of Public Relations. She is also the founder of the PictureThis Project, which puts cameras in the hands of Houston's homeless and allows them to share their story, through their lens.

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