Neal Communities was a $5,000 gold sponsor of the Venice YMCA’s 35th Annual Black Tie Gala. The homebuilder also is a bronze sponsor of the upcoming Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children’s 3rd Annual BBQ & Bluegrass Hoot ’n’ Annie.
Neal Communities has a philanthropic culture and a core belief that “Where You Live Matters.” The latest giving is part of more than $7.75 million that Neal Communities has donated to local charities and causes throughout Southwest Florida.
The formal Black Tie Gala, hosted inside Venice YMCA’s gymnasium off Center Road, raised money on Feb. 4 to provide scholarship assistance for children, families and seniors and expand programming and services for everyone in the Venice community.
“We are proud to sponsor Venice YMCA’s annual gala and help them to continue the work that they are doing within the Venice community,” said Pat Neal, founder and chairman of Neal Communities.
Venice YMCA is part of YMCA of Southwest Florida, an organization that includes Ys throughout the region and strategically focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It’s regular programing concentrates on wellness, aquatics, youth and family, sports and recreation and childcare.
“Our annual Black Tie Gala sponsors, such as Neal Communities, help support our cause-driven programs and ensure that people have access to YMCA programs regardless of inability to pay,” said Jamie Browning, vice president of development for YMCA of Southwest Florida. “YMCA of Southwest Florida serves over 60,000 individuals each year; many families and individuals need financial assistance. Everyone deserves to participate in Y programs and this is made possible because of the support of our partners. We could not do it without them.”
For more information about Venice YMCA, visit www.ymcaswfl.org.
In addition to the YMCA Black Tie Gala, Neal Communities also is a $1,000 bronze sponsor this year of the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children’s 3rd Annual BBQ & Bluegrass Hoot ’n’ Annie, which will be held on April 15, 2023 at Fox Lea Farm in Venice.
The event will feature a three-course BBQ dinner prepared by national champion pitmaster Dana Hills and entertainment by the five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Sammy Shelor of the Lonesome River Band.
The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children’s primary purpose is to facilitate the construction or acquisition of facilities and/or equipment for handicapped children and young adults to assist them in reaching independence and enhance their ability to enter and participate in society.
“The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children does important work in our community to assist our youth and those in need so that they can have happy, healthy and independent lives,” Neal said. “We are proud to be a sponsor of this event.”