(Sarasota, FL) - This year, General Electric (GE), as part of its long-standing commitment to the Lakewood Ranch Community, has donated again to the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, bringing the grand total to close to $250,000 since its first contribution in1994. GE is the single largest donor to the Fund since its inception. “When GE first became a community sponsor in 1994, we knew giving back to the community was something we wanted to commit to every year,” said Kreg Hickman, GE’s regional manager. “Not only do we feel it is critical to support the community that supports us, but it also gives value to the Lakewood Ranch builders when they carry our products, and value to the residents buying homes here.”

Since the first home was sold in Lakewood Ranch, 1% of the price of all GE appliances put into every home has gone directly into the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, an idea that began with Hickman and former Lakewood Ranch CEO John Clarke, who was a pioneer in the creation of the Fund. This year GE’s donation was just over $8,000.

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund grants money to local non-profit organizations every year. “GE’s continuing commitment to our community exemplifies the good that comes out of positive corporate giving,” said Cathy Layton, president of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. “Their generosity has allowed us to help so many schools, charities, and deserving organizations in the Lakewood Ranch area, making this an even better place to live and work. Equally important, GE’s giving has allowed us to grow our fund balance to over $1 million. We value their partnership, and the example they have set for corporate philanthropy. We hope their example is inspirational to other fine organizations who serve the Lakewood Ranch area.”

About Lakewood Ranch
The largest green-certified community in the US, Lakewood Ranch encompasses all aspects of residential and commercial real estate on 8,500 acres of lush Florida land, convenient to Sarasota and the entire Tampa Bay region. The award-winning master planned community includes four golf courses, a first-class country club and extensive recreational amenities, with housing options ranging from maintenance-free condominiums, single-family homes and large estate-size properties. New home and lot packages begin in the low $200,000's to over $5 million.

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