St. Jude Dream Home Groundbreaking 2019

January 10, 2019, we officially ‘broke ground’ on our 2019 St. Jude Dream Home project in Rice Hope Plantation. The event in Port Wentworth, Georgia was an absolute success. We received an incredible amount of support from our industry partners and were honored to have members from the city of Port Wentworth join us. A St. Jude representative let us know it was one of the best attendances they had ever seen since working for St. Jude.

We heard memorable speeches from many who are involved in this process. Speakers included: Trisha Growe, the president of the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce, Kendall Jordan, Savannah Regional Development Representative for St. Jude, Matt Harden, Village Park Homes Construction Manager, and more.

Ben Senger of WSAV 3 News broadcasted our event live and interviewed Paul Larner of Bald Eagle Partners, who stated, “Rice Hope is a marvelous community on a number of fronts. It includes a number of different neighborhoods and price points. It began as a new urbanism community with alley loaded lots, which the Dream Home will be built on. [Bald Eagle Partners] has a fabulous location [at Rice Hope] and we are probably best known for our amenities center, which is frankly a waterpark with a waterslide, a lazy river, and two large pools, a new school in the community, and the new Publix anchored shopping center. We feel like we provide a lot of attractive features to our residents.”

Lerner later said, “St. Jude approached me via the builder and I was overwhelmed with their commitment to their cause, their enthusiasm for this charity, the good works they do, and I decided very quickly that we’d like to contribute a [home] lot so we purchased one and made the donation and we’re looking forward to a fabulous fundraising event and an opportunity for more people in Savannah to get to know Rice Hope.”

The groundbreaking showed promise for the support we will be receiving along this journey! The live raffle drawing for this fundraiser will be on June 26, 2019.

2019 Savannah, GA St Jude Dream Home Kickoff-Bricks and Sticks Event

Our Bricks and Sticks vendor commitment event for the 2019 Savannah area St. Jude Dream Home Campaign was a resounding success! With the help of the wonderful staff from St Jude, we hosted an inspired gathering of generous vendor partners who’ve, once again, committed their valuable time, unrivaled talent, and construction materials needed to have another successful Dream Home campaign.

The presentation to our vendors and industry partners included speeches from our Marketing Director, CEO, COO, and Construction Manager. We talked about both our mission and recent visit to the St Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Employees of Village Park Homes were able to see patients’ artwork, engage in more conversations with the St. Jude family, and learn about where every single dollar goes towards in order to assure the best possible treatment.

Many were shedding tears during these speeches and showed compassion for this cause. It is quite incredible that St Jude has been able to increase the survival rate of their patients from less than 20% to more than 80%. This incredible organization works hard to ensure that families will never pay a bill for treatment, travel, housing, and food. “All they should worry about is helping their child live.”

Island Improvements is one of our returning vendors who showed compassion and promised donations for our 2019 Dream Home. Phil Nold, Director of Sales and Design at Island Improvements, said in an interview with us, “other than the fact that it is the greatest cause on earth, we are business partners with Village Park Homes and we want to do our part with helping in any way that we can along with helping sick children get better.”

Village Park Homes is extremely grateful for all the efforts from St. Jude, our employees, and our industry partners. To receive the caring feedback and promises of donations from you all was incredible. We promise all we do on this journey to build our 2019 St. Jude Dream Home in Rice Hope Plantation will be rewarding as 100% of the proceeds of this raffle competition go towards the fight to treat and defeat pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Bluffton, SC Based Village Park Homes to build 2019 St. Jude Dream Home in Port Wentworth, GA

Bluffton, SC Based Village Park Homes to build 2019 St. Jude Dream Home in Port Wentworth, GA.  The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is a 28-year tradition that is one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To date, almost 500 homes have been given away and the program has raised more than $400 million to save the lives of children with cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude.

Village Park Homes was honored to be chosen to build the 2018 St. Jude Dream home in The Commons community in Richmond Hill, GA. The campaign was a huge success and a total sellout of 6500 tickets raising almost $660,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Village Park Homes Marketing Director, Leslie Ehlers, says,

“When it came time to consider building another St. Jude dream home for 2019, it was a resounding yes. As a company, we were all in to do it again along with an inspired team of vendor partners with huge hearts – all eager and humbled to lend their time, talent and materials. What St. Jude does for children fighting cancer and for their family is truly incredible. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. This is a perfect opportunity for our team at Village Park Homes to take our knowledge and expertise and lend it to raising money for one of the worthiest of charitable organizations. Village Park Homes is humbled to be able to participate and partner again with St. Jude on the 2019 Dream Home campaign.”

The 2019 Savannah area St Jude Dream Home is VillagePark Homes’ expansive 3-story Liberty plan and will be built in the beautiful Rice Hope Plantation neighborhood in Port Wentworth, GA. The home will feature 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and over 3800 square feet and boast impressive interior details including:

  • Expansive kitchen with center island, vent hood, gourmet Bosch® appliances, built-in coffee maker, adjacent wetbar with wine chiller.
  • Two-storyliving room with built-in bookcases and a wood-burning fireplace.
  • Rearscreened porch for enjoying the mild coastal climate all year long
  • DeluxeMaster Bath with separate soaking tub and frameless glass shower.
  • Additional flexible living space includes a versatile 2nd floor loft and expansive third floor bonus room with bath.

Only 6750 $100 tickets will be available starting in April for the 2019 Port Wentworth St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Potential homeowners will get their first chance to see this beautiful new Village Park Home at open houses every Saturday and Sunday beginning in Spring of 2018. (Sat 9-5 / Sun 12-5). The winning ticket will be drawn on live television next July on WSAV.