59 Students Raise $20,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Chester County

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DEVON, PA – Fox & Roach/Trident Charities, the charitable arm of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®, announced its support of the 20th Annual Build a House…Build a Dream contest with Habitat for Humanity of Chester County on Saturday, March 11. This year’s event brought together 59 fifth grade students from 19 local elementary schools and raised more than $20,000 for local Habitat homebuilding programs supporting middle- and low-income families in the Delaware Valley.

The event invites students from across the region to build and submit their own three dimensional, model dream home to the competition for judging based on originality and creativity, use of materials, appearance and design, and independent effort. In addition to raising funds and awareness of Habitat for Humanity, the contest introduces students to Habitat’s mission and showcases the importance of affordable housing and what students can do in the future to help their community thrive.

“Everyone deserves a safe, healthy place to live, and we are honored to support an initiative that directly helps families in need and is teaching the next generation the importance of affordable housing,” said Kassie Erb, president at Fox & Roach/Trident Charities. “Seeing how creative and enthusiastic the students were this year was truly inspiring.”

Fox & Roach/Trident Charities is proud to be the founding sponsor of the Build a House…Build a Dream initiative. Since the program’s inception in 2003, more than 6,400 fifth grade students from 750+ area schools have participated, and more than $730,000 has been raised through sponsorships in support of Habitat for Humanity’s mission.

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“Seeing the creativity and thoughtfulness of these student designers is incredibly inspiring! Their insights, planning, and care for the community and the earth give me hope that their future is in good hands,” said Stacey H. Ballard, event sponsor and president/CEO of Eadeh Enterprises.

“This is my seventh judging assignment, and they have been uniformly interesting and rewarding. Judging the spirited fifth grader contestants reinforces my faith in America. These bright kids are committed to going the extra mile and participating in such projects. They will make great future leaders,” added Andy Signore, contest judge and board member of Habitat for Humanity of Chester County.

The 2023 event was emceed by NBC10 Reporter Katy Zachry and held at the Church Farm School in Exton, PA. More than 20 professional architects, engineers, builders, and designers from across the region donated their time to serve as judges.

In addition to Fox & Roach/Trident Charities, additional sponsors included Bentley Systems, EADEH Enterprises, Saint-Gobain, Signature, RKL, Martin Architectural, Dovetail Group LLC, McMahon, Daniel T. Campbell AIA architect, Kitty and Gary Knox, NBC 10, Home Depot, Church Farm School, and Giant Martins.

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