Newland Showcased for Community Giving; CEO McLeod Recognized as Humanitarian
Newland's Sterling on the Lake Charitable Donations Tally Nearly $100,000 Since Community's Founding
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., Jan. 12, 2011 - Newland, the nation's largest privately held land development company and parent developer of Sterling on the Lake, a 1,000-acre planned community in Flowery Branch, Ga., is being recognized this week for its commitment to creating enduring, healthier communities across the country.
After more than 40 years in real estate development, leading his company to participate in charitable and community-focused programs, as well as making personal contributions to medical and educational institutions, Newland chairman and CEO Bob McLeod will be honored with the 12th Annual Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award tomorrow, Jan. 13, at the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) International Builders' Show in Orlando.
"Receiving the 12th Annual Hearthstone BUILDER award represents the dedication of our team members in communities across the country, such as Sterling on the Lake, which lend their time, compassion and expertise to helping neighbors in need and strengthening communities," McLeod said.
Last fall at its first Harvest Balloon Festival, Sterling on the Lake raised $22,500 for The National Military Family Association (NMFA), which provides support to military families, and Challenged Child and Friends, serving children with disabilities. These non-profits were presented the contribution in December. Since breaking ground in 2004, Sterling on the Lake has raised or donated a total of nearly $100,000 for its community partners, including Challenged Child, NMFA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Camp Sunshine, HomeAid, United Way, Hall County Public Schools, My Sister's Place and Project Joy.
"Bob McLeod has set such an example for all of our communities nationwide - namely, that community has deep meaning for Newland and for him personally - and he's truly been an inspiration to our team members," said Patrick Clark, VP/general manager for Newland Southeast. "Sterling on the Lake is committed to supporting people in need in and around our community and we're pleased we were able to raise the funds and awareness we did last year for our non-profit partners."
In addition to a core focus on humanitarian initiatives, Newland has achieved solid business results with five of its communities ranked in the top 15-selling master planned communities in 2009, and 2010 sales results that look as strong.
About Sterling on the Lake®
Developed by Newland Communities®, Sterling on the Lake® is a premier planned residential community located in Flowery Branch, Ga., approximately 50 miles from downtown Atlanta. The community is situated on nearly 1,000 acres with 200 acres of open space, lakes and parks. Designed as a true lakeside village, Sterling provides a variety of affordable and luxury homes with extensive community amenities including tennis courts, a clubhouse, fitness center, private movie theater, boating and extensive walking trails. When complete, the community will have approximately 2,000 homes and over 6,000 residents. Home prices start in the high $100's. For more information, visit www.sterlingonthelake.com or call (770) 967-9777.
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