Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sterling Custom Homes Supports Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and South Texas

Austin home builder, Sterling Custom Homes, recently presented a $2,500 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and South Texas in support of an employees’ fund raising goal. The $2,500 gift is a matching donation by one of the company’s employees, Gary Grambley, Sales and Marketing Director at Sterling, for his support of the nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“Supporting our employees is about more than giving them time off and good health benefits; it’s about supporting them on all levels and in all aspects of their lives,” says Duke McDowell, President of Sterling Custom Homes. “I strongly believe that supporting our employees in their efforts to help the local community through charitable acts and giving improves employee morale and satisfaction. But more importantly, I just feel that it is the right thing to do.”

Grambley is combining his fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® with training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon, which will be held November 13. “Several months ago I met with Mr. McDowell about my goal of raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in conjunction with my training for the San Antonio Marathon this fall,” explains Grambley. “I went into the meeting with the intention of soliciting a $1,000 donation. When I told Mr. McDowell about my plans and that a $1,000 donation would help me kick off the program, he offered, without hesitation, to match the first $2,500 I raised for the charity. I was blown away by his generosity!”

With his company’s backing, Grambley contacted friends and associates for donations. He created a fundraising website and quickly after spreading the word about his efforts, his friends and clients were eager to help. “The incentive of the matching contribution was a great motivator. My friends and past clients jumped on the opportunity. I now keep them informed through a weekly update which talks about our fundraising status and gives them some insight into my marathon training. It has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life and it’s largely due to the generosity and support I get from Sterling Custom Homes.”

To date, Grambley has raised $5,740 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas through these efforts.

Those interested in joining Austin luxury real estate builder Sterling Custom Homes in donating to Grambley’s fundraising efforts may visit https://secure.wish.org/ourfriends/031-000/garygrambley.htm.

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