NORFOLK, Va. – March 19, 2010 – The Tidewater Builders Association Charity House at the 2010 Fall Homearama will benefit a different kind of home: St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

Crumley Group, Inc., will build the Charity House, which will be on display at the showcase of homes set for Oct. 2-17 in Norfolk’s East Beach community along the Chesapeake Bay. The event will feature about a dozen homes, with prices expected to range from $450,000-$700,000.

When the Charity House is sold, proceeds will go to support the programs and services of the private, nonprofit St. Mary’s Home, where as many as 92 children and young adults with severe disabilities live, play and go to school while receiving expert clinical care.

“We are honored to be part of Homearama for the first time,” said William C. Giermak, CEO of St. Mary’s Home. “This will help us to continue our mission of providing complex, around-the-clock, specialized care within a homelike environment for special children with severe disabilities. Medicaid covers less than what it costs to care for the children, so support from grants, donations and events like Homearama is vital.”

The Tidewater Builders Association has sponsored a charity home every year since 1988. To date, proceeds from past houses have brought more than $1.1 million for children’s causes in Hampton Roads.

“Even during difficult times, TBA members have come forward to serve the community the best way they know how – by building homes,” said TBA President William H. Halprin. “We are proud that our Fall Homearama Charity House will help some of our most vulnerable children by giving them a place to call home, where their families can feel secure in knowing their medical and emotional needs will be addressed. As always, we will be appealing to the industry to come together to support Crumley Group in providing materials for this special home.”

Crumley Group, Inc., of Virginia Beach, designs and builds award-winning custom homes and is participating in Homearama for the first time. President Scott Crumley said he was moved to build the Charity House as a way to give back to the community.

About St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children

St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk has been caring for Virginia children for 65 years. The Home is the only pediatric long-term-care residential facility of its size and scope in the state for children and young adults, ages newborn to 21, with severe disabilities. Children come to St. Mary’s as a result of birth disorders, traumatic accidents, illness and child abuse. 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
Email sbarisic@smhdc.org

Mary Prier, staff vice president
Tidewater Builders Association
2117 Smith Ave., Chesapeake, VA 23320-2515
Office 757.305.9064
Email mprier@tbaonline.org

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