A mix of nearly 100 people came together in Wilmington last Thursday night as we held a tribute reception for Kevin Kelly followed by our fourth annual Cigars and Scotch fundraiser benefiting BUILD-PAC.
HBADE members were joined by local government officials and elected representatives as we recognized Kevin for his guidance and leadership as 2014 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.
Following the tribute reception, members mingled and had fun bidding at our auction (our auctioneer Dave Curtis) of donated goodies to support BUILD-PAC. It is vitally important that we support BUILD PAC, to continue bolstering two important facts: homeownership is a fundamental part of our nation’s foundation, and homebuilding is vital to the strength of our economy. Included in the evening was a political recap regarding housing issues and the upcoming national election, presented by NAHB’s Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin. Auctioning off such goods as Flyers tickets, Eagles tickets, a dinner in Philadelphia and numerous other goods, our BUILD-PAC Trustee Steve Bomberger was very pleased to report the event successfully raised over $18,000.
A big SHOUT OUT of THANKS to our sponsors and donators!
Thanks to Harry Miller and Mary Field of Regal Builders as our Title Sponsor.
Thanks to Doug Hershman of the Bayard Group who allowed us to hold the event at the University and Whist Club.
Thanks to Roger Wollaston of Creative Floors as our Cigar Sponsor.
Thank You to the Individuals and Firms that Provided Items for Our Auction:
Jekyll Island Resort Package – Kevin Kelly and Dave Curtis, Leon Weiner & Associates
Eagles Football Tickets – Steve Burnett, Insurance and Financial Services
Shawn Faust Framed Painting – Bruce Jones and Jeff Bierlein, PNC Bank
Flyers Hockey Tickets – Burt Hutchinson, Integrated Wealth Management
Humidor, Scotch Sampler, Cigars and Accessories – Steve Bomberger, Benchmark Builders
Group Golf Round at Fieldstone Golf Club – Dave Curtis
Capital Grille Gift Card – Tom Curley, TC Electric
Golf Foursome and Dinner at Odessa National Golf Club – Joe Capano, Capano Homes
Luxurious Basket of Unique Wines – Michael Simeone, Unity Construction
AND thanks to all our attendees for their contributions and support!
It’s that time of year again! Registration is now open for the industry’s biggest event and there are some exceptional September-only offers!
February marked the inaugural co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to create the first ever Design & Construction Week™ and the response was tremendous! We are thrilled to announce that Design & Construction Week™ is back and growing again! Along with IBS and KBIS, Design & Construction Week™ will feature three partner industry events: the International Window Coverings Expo, the Las Vegas Market and The International Surface Event. Your IBS registration will give you access to the exhibit floors of all five shows.
125,000 attendees are expected to attend this mega event, making it the largest annual gathering of residential construction and design professionals in North America. Make sure you are there!
Here are three September-only IBS offers – just for NAHB members.
1. COMPLIMENTARY EXPO PASS*
NAHB members and co-workers can register for a complimentary IBS expo pass. Starting October 1, you’ll pay $50.
2. SAVE $100 ON FULL REGISTRATION
Register before the end of September to receive $100 off the early full registration price. This option gives you access to any of the more than 100 education sessions and an expo pass for only $250!**
3. FREE SPOUSE REGISTRATION
Add your spouse to your registration for free. Starting October 1, spouse registration will be $25.
For more information click: http://buildersshow.com/Home/
Be sure to book your housing and registration at the same time. Book early to get the best rate at your preferred hotel! A room deposit will not be charged until December so you have nothing to lose.
Secure your discounted registration and hotel room today! Don’t wait; these offers will expire at the end of September!
*Manufacturers and Software Provider registrants are not eligible.
**An added bonus: the first 500 IBS full registrants will receive a free bonus ticket, allowing you to attend one KBIS Voices of the Industry education session on Thursday, January 22! Restrictions apply; visit BuildersShow.com/bonus for complete details.
Photographer: Elisa Morris
September 16, 2014
Sponsor reception celebrating the upcoming LOVE LETTERS play was held at the home of Mike and Linda Parkowski on Thursday, September 11
Mike and Linda Parkowski and The Kent County Fund for the Arts hosted a cocktail party for the sponsors of the upcoming LOVE LETTERS show, starring Governor and Mrs. Jack Markell. This event was presented by Parksowski, Gureke & Swayze, P.A. Attorneys at Law. The Governor and First Lady were the honored guests of the evening and 50 sponsors enjoyed, cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Nage, and conversation.
The performance of the Pulitzer nominated play, A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS, will raise funds to support the Kent County Fund for the Arts. Love Letters will be performed at the Schwartz Center for the Arts located at 226 South State Street in historic downtown Dover on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
The Pulitzer Prize nominated LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney tells the story of love and friendship between two childhood friends who together, traverse the challenges of life. “While the story is different from Jack’s and mine” says Mrs. Markell, “we have known each other since Kindergarten and have grown up and grown together through the years.” LOVE LETTERS simple but elegant staging lends an atmosphere of intimacy to the entire play. Over the span of 25 years the play has been performed by Robert Wagner, Jill St John, Stockard Channing, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Walken and more. “It is with great pride that Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell are now added to this list of renowned talent,” states Rosemary Twilley, Founder of the Kent County Fund for the Arts, “We are thrilled that Governor and First Lady Markell have offered their time and talents to support this worthy cause.”
The Markells, who have always been strong supporters of the arts, have gone on record as saying “When we speak up in support of the arts and participate in cultural events, we attest to the value of the arts in education and their contribution to our children, our communities and our nation’s cultural legacy. The arts are an important part of our economic development efforts. Businesses follow the talent and talent follows quality of life.”
Kent County Fund for the Arts is an endowment that awards grants each year to select Kent County arts organizations. The Fund accepts tax-deductible donations from individuals and businesses who share its mission. Kent County is fortunate to have a wide range of performing and presenting artists in our midst, including painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, photographers and composers who make our region a better place to live. Recipients of the Fund are regional non-profit art groups that enhance our quality of life, educate and broaden our perspectives and help improve community relations and economic well-being in Kent County.
The Governor and First Lady Markell are excited to play a part in the growth of the Kent County Fund for the Arts and encourage and invite all to see the show and support this worthy cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available and include a private reception with the Governor and Mrs. Markell sponsored by Parkowski, Guerke and Swayze at the home of Mike and Linda Parkowski.
Committee members for this exciting project are Kathy Andrus, Regina Brown, Rocky Bushweller, Taube Carpenter, Shelly Cecchett, Mary Davis, Mary Field, Candice Fifer, Carolyn Fredericks, Stephany Halpern, Todd Lightcap, Nisha Lodhavia, Tonda Parks, Donna Stone and Rosemary Twilley.
For ticket information please call 302.678.5152 or CENDEL or any committee member.
Photo of Committee Front Row, Left to Right- Nisha Lodhavia, First Lady Carla Markell, Rosemary Twilley, 2nd Row, Left to Right- Shelly Cecchett, Carolyn Fredericks, Tonda Parks, Candice Fifer, Governor Markell, Donna Stone, Mary Field, Todd Lightcap, Mary Davis, Stephany Halpern, Not shown in photo: Kathy Andrus, Regina Brown, Rocky Bushweller, Taube Carpenter
Delaware Chapter, National MS Society 13 Noble’s Pond Crossing, Dover, DE 19904
302-736-5000 – www.noblespondhomes.com
Contact: Colleen Ostafy, Noble’s Pond Lifestyle Director
Office: 302-736-5000 – Cell: 302-650-7088
DOVER, DE – Join women from across the state for the third annual Girls Night Out to Fight MS event at The Point at Noble’s Pond located at 13 Noble’s Pond Crossing, Dover, DE 19904. The casino inspired event will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6:30-9:30 pm.
Girls Night Out, organized by Colleen Ostafy,Lifestyle Director at Noble’s Pond, will be fun-filled with complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and a signature cocktail, an extensive silent auction featuring premier items and services from Delaware businesses, two fabulous fashion shows, music, shopping and much more! Sponsors of this event are Noble’s Pond, Dover Post, Wild Quail Golf and Country Club, Espuma, Maple Dale Country Club, Captains Catch, An Affair to Remember, Main Street Market, Frankfurt Bakery & Deli, Circle That Date, and Pizza Delight by Giacomo. Fashions from Amore’ Bridal, Azura Clothing, Christopher and Banks and Bel Boutiques will be modeled in the evenings fashion shows.
After the last two years huge turn-outs of over 200 people, this is an event you don’t want to miss! “What a fantastic time we had the last two years, raising money and having a blast with all our girlfriends. This year will be over the top, with new table boutiques, a Martini Bar, a wine bar from Boisset Family Estates, tons of fantastic items up for auction, dancing and an overwhelming variety of food and drinks,” said Colleen Ostafy, Host of Girls Night Out.
Tickets are only $20 per person and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the door. Call 302-736-5000 or log on to www.noblespondhomes.com/upcoming-events to buy your tickets today. Visit the Girls Night Out to Fight MS page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/girlsnightouttofightms.
Models at 2013 event from left to right: Judy Diogo, Tonda Parks, Lynne Schaefer, Kathy Woods, Tammy Ordway, Caroly Phinney, Sharon Fields
The Town of Whitehall in Middletown, Delaware is proud to announce the creation of its professional Builders Guild and the impact a community engagement process has had on creating housing designs that feature timeless architecture, live comfortably and incorporate innovative building technologies.
The Builders Guild includes three well-known, and long established, area builders. Benchmark Builders of Wilmington, Delaware will be building inviting Neighborhood Cottages and Courtyard Homes. Murphy Homes of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania will build finely crafted Estate and Custom homes and Thompson Communities of West Chester, Pennsylvania will construct a variety of warm and friendly Townhomes.
The Builders Guild joins The Town of Whitehall’s development team, led by EDiS Company President Brian DiSabatino. The team has been meticulously planning this mixed-use and walkable concept since 2001.
The name Builders Guild comes from the medieval concept of craftsmen joining together for a common goal. It is important because part of the Town of Whitehall’s mission is to restore the centuries old concept of town planning to Delaware and create a community in which the master plan and architectural design positively impact the quality of life of its residents. The members of the guild were chosen through an extensive search and interview process for their proven experience in building quality homes, customer centric reputation and demonstrated strength during difficult markets.
At the core of The Town of Whitehall is the concept of community. In that spirit, The Town of Whitehall solicited a focus group from local community members to critique the town’s housing designs and concepts. The impact the group had on the town’s plans is reflective of both a noticeable shift in the marketplace and a recently completed market study. The finished residential plans reflect the significant demand of buyers who want a walkable community, a desire for a variety of styles, energy efficient features, and most of all, a sense of place and community.
Focus group member Sue Shimomura said, “It is rewarding to be a part of a community in the making. The development team has tried very hard to build their sense of community into each step in the process. Group members felt they were able to contribute in a meaningful way. It was very refreshing to experience this type of inclusivity.”
The Town of Whitehall’s development team researched and cataloged historical details from Old New Castle in Delaware and Chesapeake City and Chestertown in Maryland. With that data, they commissioned an extensive pattern book to formulate Federal, Greek Revival and other residential designs that reflect the local area. Whitehall’s pattern book co-authors are Mike Watkins, AIA, the former Town Architect for the iconic Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Steve Mouzon of Mouzon Design of Miami, Florida. The pattern book ensures that the integrity of the architecture at Whitehall will remain classically correct throughout the new town’s development.
The Town of Whitehall’s development team also traveled inside and outside of the country to learn from other towns. They cite that the most successful towns have both a sense of place and a sense of community in common.
According to Brian DiSabatino, “We welcomed the focus group’s design input and also their constructive criticism. With nearly 4,000 Facebook followers and over 4,000 email addresses, we have been getting a lot of “virtual” advice, so getting it face-to-face from a representative community focus group was extremely helpful and validating.”
Development team member Peter Morrow added, “We are grateful for the feedback. Our desire has been to create something very special in Delaware that will benefit the broader community. Along with the recent approval of an elementary charter school for the site set to open for school year 2016-2017, Mapleton Charter School, the development of a civic building and a coffee shop are being planned. The people who seem to be attracted to The Town of Whitehall are active, engaged and want to keep the community lively.”
Groundbreaking is expected take place in October with the residential plans for The Town of Whitehall to be released during a preview event in November. A sales office and model street will follow and be located within one walkable block of the planned civic building. Information about the Town of Whitehall can be found at www.whitehallde.com. Sales inquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left to Right: Fred Fortunato of Benchmark Builders, Michael J. Murphy, Sr. & Michael J. Murphy, Jr. of Murphy Homes and Matt Thompson of Thompson Communities.