LEXINGTON, SC – February 23, 2009 – Steve Baudo, President of Baudo & Associates Home Builders, Inc., a custom home building company located in Lexington, South Carolina, was presented with a Community Service award during the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia’s Regal Award Ceremony.
The award , presented by The State Newspaper, recognized The B.E.S.T. (an acronym for Baudo Endowment to Support our Town) Home ProgramSM that Baudo established last year to assist struggling charitable organizations who have experienced diminished donations as a direct result of the current economic downturn. Through the B.E.S.T. Home ProgramSM, Baudo assigned seven charitable organizations in the Columbia, SC. a sponsor home. When the sale of the sponsor home closes, the recipient receives a donation in the amount of $1.00 per heated square foot of the home sold. Three of the seven sponsor homes have already closed, and the recipients have already received $15,350. Two more of the sponsor homes have contracts pending.
Baudo, a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia and with twenty four years in the home building industry, specializes in mid to high-end custom homes in the Columbia, SC area. Last year, through the B.E.S.T. Home ProgramSM, combined with other donations and charitable sponsorship, Baudo & Associates Home Builders, Inc. donated over $45,000 in cash and merchandise to local charities, said owner and President Steve Baudo. In the economic climate that we are currently in, charitable organizations typically suffer from diminished donations and communities as a whole feel the effect of reduced tax revenue. Our continued success would not have been possible without the support of God and our community, and it is only right that we do something in return.
This year has already started off strong, and our goal is to be in a position to provide local groups and charities with much more financial support than we did last year. Charitable organizations have been hit hard as individuals and companies pull back on giving during these challenging economic times, said Baudo.
Baudo was also recently honored with the highly prestigious Pinnacle Award. This award was established by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina recognizing builders from across the entire state who have achieved the highest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem solving and customer satisfaction.
This year I welcome and challenge other business leaders and individuals to join me in providing these charitable groups with much needed financial support, added Baudo. Interested parties should contact Steve Baudo by email at: [email protected].