Homeaid Northern Virginia Announces Recipients Of Presidents’ Award For Outstanding Service And Trade Partner Of The Year

CHANTILLY, VA – Toll Brothers, a leading builder of luxury homes nationwide, and Century Tile, a Virginia-based ceramic tile and natural stone installation company specializing in new residential construction, are two of the recipients of HomeAid Northern Virginia’s prestigious annual Presidents’ Circle Awards.

The awards recognize and honor those among us and in the community who have worked tirelessly to further HomeAid Northern Virginia’s mission of ending homelessness. The winners will be honored at the 9th Annual HomeAid Northern Virginia Gala & Auction, presented by M&T Bank at the Westin Dulles on November 6, 2010. 

Toll Brothers is receiving the Presidents’ Award, which is presented to an individual, a company or an organization who has shown exceptional dedication to the goal of ending homelessness with service to HomeAid Northern Virginia.

 “There are two acts of generosity that Bill Gilligan and the  Toll Brothers organization have made in the recent past that illustrate their dedication to the mission of HomeAid,” said John DeZinno, HomeAid Northern Virginia Board President and Senior Vice President, Bank of America. “As Builder Captain on the Good Shepherd Alliance’s Center of Hope project in 2008, Toll Brothers and more than 75 of their trade partners saved GSA about $250,000 in construction expenditures – money they used to help those most in need. 

“They also thought of HomeAid Northern Virginia when they donated hundreds of like-new appliances to us due to a change in Toll Brothers’ major appliance provider,” said DeZinno. “The appliances are being sold in Habitat for Humanity ReStores in a partnership with HomeAid. To date, Toll Brother’s donation has brought in $80,000 to HomeAid Northern Virginia. Funds we desperately need to continue to build and renovate emergency and transitional housing.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the HomeAid Presidents’ Circle Award,” said Bill Gilligan, Toll Brothers Regional President. “It is great to know that we are making such a difference in so many people’s lives, and that is what our partnership with HomeAid is all about … offering a helping hand to those in need in our community.”

Century Tile is receiving the Trade Partner of the Year Award, which is presented to a vendor, trade partner or industry partner who has gone above and beyond in their service to HomeAid Northern Virginia.

“The HomeAid Board of Directors is proud to recognize Century Tile as the Trade Partner of the Year for their generous contribution to HomeAid projects,” said DeZinno. “This recognition is long overdue. Bruce Johnson and Century Tile truly embody the spirit of partnership that HomeAid was founded upon – we ask for their help and they always come through for us. It is this commitment to the HomeAid Northern Virginia mission that has made a difference in the lives of families in transition in our community.”

“Century Tile is proud to have partnered with HomeAid Northern Virginia since 2001,” said Bruce Johnson, President of Alexandria, Virginia-based Century Tile. “It is a real pleasure to know our efforts over the years have had such a positive impact on the community.”

“This is our chance to make a real difference,” said Johnson. “It’s so easy to work with HomeAid and the Builder Captains. I’m surprised more trade partners haven’t gotten involved. Everyone has extra materials and time in their schedules to give. It’s such a small thing that ultimately can make a huge difference in our community.”

EYA, the HomeAid Builder Captain that worked with Century Tile on the renovation of Carpenter’s Shelter earlier this year, shared some insights into why the company deserves the recognition for their efforts.

“Century Tile has been our tile company of choice since opening our doors,” said John Fahey, Senior Vice President for EYA, a smart-growth developer in the D.C. area.  “Their organization applies the highest quality installation with superior service blended seamlessly with our production demands, which results in high customer satisfaction ratings with little to no defects.  Century Tile’s installers think before they act to ensure their work reflects our design efforts, allowing us to focus our attention on the customer experience.  EYA could not ask for a better trade partner.” 

A third award, the Non-Profit Care Provider Project of the Year, will be publicly announced and presented at the Gala.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America, was founded in 2001 by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. Since then, builders and supporters have donated $4 million in labor, materials, management and other resources to either rebuild or rehabilitate homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities in Northern Virginia. The retail value of these projects to the Northern Virginia community has been more than $10 million.