Bluegreen Communities® (NYSE:BXG), a developer of premier master-planned communities, along with other business donors, will break ground on two new homes for wounded war heroes. The land and home donations are being made possible through Operation FINALLY HOME and its supporters, Bluegreen Communities, NAPE Expo, Classic Custom Homes, RDGS Architects and Acme Brick. Operation FINALLY HOME is an organization that honors wounded and disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new homes. Bluegreen Communities will provide a total of six lots throughout Texas to honor veterans and their families. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at The Bridges at Preston Crossings, 17970 FM 121, Gunter, Texas 75058. The public is invited to honor the families and participate in a day of fun. Festivities include horseback riding, fishing and a bounce house. Also, guests will get a chance to see Acme Brick’s “Baby Clay,” the world’s largest brick certified by the Guinness World Records TM, weighing in at 9,300 pounds and measuring 116 inches long (9 ft., 8 in.). CNN Hero of the Year Nominee, Dan Wallrath, Founder and President of Operation FINALLY HOME, and Daniel Vargas, Executive Director of Operation FINALLY HOME, will be recognized with a letter of commitment from Acme Brick President and CEO, Dennis Knautz, to provide bricks for the next 100 homes built by the organization. The families receiving land and custom-built homes include war heroes Sergeant First Class Alan Hornaday and his wife, Sheila, of Fordyce, Arkansas, as well as Sergeant Levi Wilson, Jr. and his wife, Katie, of Fort Worth, Texas. Sergeant First Class Hornaday is a veteran of the U.S. Army who sustained injuries in Baghdad in 2004, and Sergeant Wilson is a U.S. Army veteran who was also injured in Iraq in early 2008.
“We are honored to be a part of Operation FINALLY HOME and appreciate the support of Bluegreen Communities and other companies that are making this possible,” said Sergeant Levi Wilson. “This truly gives us a new beginning and we can’t wait to move in and be able to call The Bridges home.”“These men paid for their homes in full on the battlefield. It’s our honor to deliver them,” said Dan Koscher, president and CEO of Bluegreen Communities. “Bluegreen Communities is committed to delivering the dream and we are so happy to make this possible for these families.” Businesses and donors interested in contributing to Support Our Troops/Operation FINALLY HOME can visit http://www.bridgestexas.com/finally-home/ or http://www.babasupport.org/. About Bluegreen Communities Bluegreen Communities®, a division of Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE: BXG), is a developer of master-planned communities, including eight communities in Texas located near San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Over the past 40 years, Bluegreen Communities has developed top-rated communities in some of our nation’s most coveted areas, offering the perfect balance of country living and city convenience, with privacy and scenery paramount. Bluegreen has sold over 55,000 master-planned residential and golf community homesites in 32 states and is an award-winning green developer. The company’s commitment to responsible land use, environmental protection, as well as to the safekeeping and conservation of its communities through reasonable protective covenants ensure they can be enjoyed by generations to come. For more information on Bluegreen Communities, visit www.bluegreencommunities.com. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluegreenland and Twitter @BluegreenLand. About The Bridges at Preston Crossings The Bridges at Preston Crossings is a beautiful, master-planned community located in Gunter, Texas built on the famous Double M Ranch. This premiere community is located approximately one hour from Dallas and allows residents to experience its rich history for daily living or a weekend retreat. The community features one-third to 2-acre homesites including creek front, heavily wooded and golf course properties. The Bridges also has a wide array of amenities for residents who enjoy the outdoors and need a break from the city. Amenities include: Fred Couples Signature Golf Course, first-class equestrian center, 24-acre fishing and canoeing lake, walking and riding Trails, future swim and fitness center and a community horse park. For more information on The Bridges, visit www.bridgestexas.com. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BridgesTexas. About Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops/Operation FINALLY HOME The Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops/Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a non-partisan/non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. The mission of the organization is to provide custom made homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen in an effort to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities. BABASOT partners with corporate sponsors, individual contributors and volunteers to help severely wounded heroes and their families transition from the battlefront to the home front. Visit www.babasupport.com for more information. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6438938&lang=en