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Tidewater Builders Association
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September 10, 2010
Contact: Mary Prier
(757) 305-9064
Fall Homearama Charity Preview Party to Benefit St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children
St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children is throwing a party to preview Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall 2010 Homearama and raise funds that will go directly to the care and comfort of the children and young adults who live at the home. The Fall 2010 Homearama is Oct. 16-31, 2010, in Norfolk’s coastal East Beach community. Guests at the Charity Preview Party on Friday, Oct. 15, will be the first to tour Homearama’s nine custom homes and a condominium home, including the Charity House that will benefit the children of St. Mary’s Home.

East Beach Catering, Creative Catering of Virginia and Chef by Design will provide food, with desserts coming from Carolina Cupcakery. Holly Grove Vineyards, Norfolk Coffee & Tea Co. and Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola will provide beverages, and The Josh Walker Trio and Stan the Sax Man will entertain partygoers. Gates open at 5 p.m., with an awards ceremony to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $50 in advance and $55 on the day of the event. Only 1,200 tickets are available. Tickets may be purchased at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, 6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk; at Tidewater Builders Association, 2117 Smith Ave., Chesapeake; or online by clicking here. For more information, call (757) 622-2208 ext. 328.

“Proceeds from the party, and from the sale of the Charity House, will help St. Mary’s Home continue our mission of providing complex, around-the-clock, specialized care within a homelike environment for special children with severe disabilities,” said William C. Giermak, St. Mary’s CEO. “St. Mary’s is the children’s home, and we want to enhance the environment to honor their personal likes and dislikes, from redecorating their bedrooms to providing state-of-the art communication devices they can use to express themselves.”

The one-of-a-kind Charity House, called “The St. Mary,” was designed by Cox, Kliewer & Co. and built by Scott Crumley of Crumley Group Inc. Professionals from the International Interior Design Association contributed the home’s interior design.

About St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children
St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk provides long- and short-term care for Virginia children and young adults, ages newborn to 21, with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. As many as 92 children and young adults with severe disabilities live, play and go to school at St. Mary’s Home while receiving expert clinical care. For more information, visit www.saintmaryshome.org or call (757) 622-2208.

About Tidewater Builders Association
Tidewater Builders Association, founded in 1953, is a nonprofit trade association representing more than 800 companies in South Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Members support numerous community service projects, including The TBA Scholarship Foundation and the Homearama Charity House. For more information, visit www.tbaonline.org or call (757) 420-2434.

Sonja Barisic, marketing communications manager
St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children
6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk, Va. 23502
Office (757) 352-2700
Mobile (757) 412-7071
E-mail [email protected]

Mary Prier, staff vice president
Tidewater Builders Association
2117 Smith Ave., Chesapeake, VA 23320-2515
Office (757) 305-9064
E-mail [email protected]

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