MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (October 26, 2015) – Neal Communities, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, has donated $1,500 to the Special Olympics Florida – Manatee County, a program that provides people with disabilities the chance to participate in sports competitions and an outlet for socialization and friendship.
The program currently serves 221 athletes throughout Manatee County and offers 13 different sports. Neal Communities’ donation will be used to purchase new uniforms for the Bowling Program.
“The Manatee program is operated entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to providing training and competition for our athletes at no cost to them or their parents,” said Sue Fitzgerald, director of the program.
An area bowling competition was held on September 26 at AMF Lanes in Bradenton with 548 athletes competing in the event. Special Olympics Florida Area Nine includes Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Lee and Collier counties.
“As a Neal employee, and having known Pat for eight years personally, it warms my heart that his generosity can extend to an organization near and dear to me,” said Audrey Shell, Neal Communities warranty coordinator and a Special Olympics volunteer.
Shell is certified as a coach in several sports and is a chaperone at Special Olympics competitions at the area and state levels. She also bowls on a unified team with Special Olympics athletes.
The State Games on November 15 and 16 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando will include bowling, softball, powerlifting and gymnastics.
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over 120 people from the community give their time to volunteer each year.
About Neal Communities
Neal Communities was named one of 2012's "America's Best Builders" by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 10,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area's largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm's continued, record-setting local success. The company's honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards.
Photo: Sue Fitzgerald, director of the program for the Special Olympics Florida – Manatee County; Pat Neal, president of Neal Communities; and Audrey Shell, Neal Communities warranty coordinator and a Special Olympics volunteer