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2016 Leadership & Legacy Ball Held December 10th



The Home Builders Association of Delaware’s 2016 Leadership and Legacy Ball was held last weekend, December 10th, at The Clubhouse at Baywood Greens. It was a great night spent honoring our many volunteers and spending time with our family, friends, and colleagues.



The evening began with a cocktail reception. As the cocktail hour wound down, the Cape Henlopen High School Drumline came into the room playing a cadence to get everyone’s attention. Everyone was then asked to be seated, while the crowd was entertained with several musical pieces by the drumline. It was a very unique way of starting the program and everyone enjoyed it.


The Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard then came in with the American and Delaware Flags looking very impressive. As the crowd stood, Strangers’ singer sang an amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner and no one “took a knee”.

Howard Fortunato, HBA/DE Executive Vice President, welcomed everyone and got the program started by recognizing our dignitaries, Senate Pro Tem Dave McBride and his wife Margret, Representative Ruth Briggs King and her husband Stan, Representative Mike Ramone and his wife Lisa, Sussex Councilman Rob Arlett and his wife Lorna, and DSHA Secretary Anas Ben Addi and his wife Tamara.


Debra Young, last years Associate of the Year recipient, came forward to award the 2016 James C. McCulley Associate of the Year award to Michael Easton of Horty and Horty.  Kevin Whittaker, last years Builder of the Year, came forward to award the 2016 Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award to Mary Field of Regal Builders/Noble’s Pond. It was great to see their surprise and appreciation.

After enjoying dinner, Howard continued with the program by recognizing our past Presidents and Life Directors which require many hours of service and effort for our industry.

The 2017 Board of Directors were then recognized.


Kevin Kelly, President of Leon Weiner & Associates and Past Chair of N.A.H.B., came forward to install Jim McCulley as the new 2017 HBA/DE President. It was an exciting and memorable moment. Jim is the first Associate Member to be our President.

Jim said a few words outlining his agenda for 2017, followed by calling up Kevin Whittaker thanking him for his many years of service as President for an unprecedented 3 years and presenting him with The President’s Distinguished Service Award and a ceremonial gavel.

The program was over. The band, Strangers, took over for the rest of the evening. The dance floor remained crowded for the rest of the night, while some chose to go on the back deck to enjoy a cigar.

Thank you to everyone who brought in donations for our selected charity this year, the USO. We collected food items, monetary donations, and gift cards.


It was an amazing evening that was only possible with our very generous sponsors:

Becker Morgan, Centerpieces

Bath, Kitchen, and Tile, White Wine

Benchmark Builders, Red Wine

iKande, Invitations, Programs, Graphics

Design Collaborative, Inc., Platinum

Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Platinum

Artisans’ Bank, Gold

Astec Inc, Gold

Carl M. Freeman, Gold

DSHA, Gold

Noble’s Pond, Gold

Pala Carpet & Tile, Gold

Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, P.A., Gold

Shone Lumber, Gold

Cooch & Taylor, Coat Check Room

Acopia Home Loans, Valet Parking

Bear Industries Inc., Chandelier 

Badger Electric, Silver

Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. Silver

Horty & Horty P.A., Silver

IFS Insurance, Silver

New Penn Financial, Silver

PNC Bank, Silver

Pike Creek Mortgage, Silver

Saul Ewing, Silver

Sobieski, Silver

WasteMasters, Silver

Watershed Eco LLC, Silver

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Silver

WSFS, Silver

Delaware Siding Company, Bronze

JSM Installation, Bronze

Landmark Science & Engineering, Bronze

OncCall Services, Bronze

Resort Custom Homes, Bronze

Ruggerio Wilson & Associates, Bronze

Tricon Construction Management, Bronze

 and our incredible ball committee:

Jeff Evans, Mary Field, Debra Finocchiaro, Joe Gordon, Doug Hershman, Irene Pulgini, and Mary Smith

For more pictures from the ball, please click here.





About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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