Home Builders Association Presents $5,000 Donation to Xcel Strategies
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah presented a $5,000 donation to Savannah-based mentoring group Xcel in support of the 2019 Dust and Grain Woodworking Competition which will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St.
“As homebuilders, we are delighted to take part in a project that draws attention to the value of careers in the trades,” said Patty Rietkovich, executive officer of the association. “We need to develop the skilled craftspeople who will build the homes, schools and businesses of the future.”
The May 18 event marks the culmination of a competition that began last month. Different teams got their assignment in April to build a stool using lumber from Emergent Structures, a local re-purposed lumber yard. Judges will select three winning teams, each of which will receive production opportunities from Maven Makers to produce a product for the local home, restaurant, hotel or furniture industry.
Additional competitions and displays of woodworking skills are scheduled prior to the announcement of the winning teams. The day’s activities, which are free and open to the public, are designed to appeal to families and will include Current Catering onsite for lunch, as well as raffles and giveaways.
Xcel is a Savannah mentoring nonprofit organization that concentrates on moving young men ages 15 to 25 into the workforce via the trades. It has partnered with such groups as Bethesda Academy and the Dream Campaign. Jay Thompson, founder and CEO of Xcel, has partnered with Maven Makers, a woodworking maker space, to inspire and train young men in woodworking professions.
ABOUT THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SAVANNAH
The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah is an organization of local builders and builder associates, dedicated to promoting homeownership to as many people as possible in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty Counties, while supporting each other through continuing education and networking opportunities. The organization was founded in 1955 with 27 charter members. Today, the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah has more than 550 current members, serving on more than 15 committees and councils, with an additional 500 members of the sales & marketing council. It is the second largest association in the state of Georgia. Membership benefits include continuing education classes, workshops and seminars, trade networking opportunities, lower insurance premiums, a Membership Directory and regular membership meetings. The Association is headquartered at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, Ga 31406. Patty Rietkovich serves as the Executive Director. For more information, call (912) 354-6193 or visit http://homebuildersofsavannah.com. #HBAofGreaterSavannah