LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (March 10, 2017) – The area's largest and most established private builder, Neal Communities, and its subsidiaries Neal South in Lee and Collier Counties and the firm's luxury building division, Neal Signature Homes, raised $10,000 for the American Heart Association (AHA) in February.

The donation from the homebuilder’s 100 home sales in February was made to the local AHA chapter.

As an official Life is Why We Give partner, Neal Communities chose to support the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, by donating $100 for each home sold in February, which is heart health month across the country. The Life Is Why We Give campaign allows consumers to consider their reasons to live healthier, longer lives and to give in honor of those reasons.

“I am so proud of our team for such a tremendous effort to support this cause,” said Michael Storey, president of Neal Communities. “For too long, heart disease and stroke have stolen many of our precious moments. Last month, we worked together to affirm that we’re more powerful than these diseases – because everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life… and that is the reason is why we give. Throughout the year, we will remain committed to healthy communities, healthy living and giving back philanthropically to local organizations.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year with one in every four deaths. Eighty percent of those cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action, says the American Heart Association.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of partners like Neal Communities,” said Chad Loy, vice president of the Central Florida American Heart Association. “This contribution will allow us to further our mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

About Neal Communities
With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 successful communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and 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 11,000 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.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans — the nonprofit funds innovative research, conducts lifesaving educational programs and advocates for stronger public health policies.

Photo: Neal Communities corporate team presents a check to Whitney Carney from the American Heart Association

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