Business briefs, Jan. 22, 2014

January 22, 2014 

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects has recognized Richard W. Fawley among the 2013 AIA Florida Class of Citizen Architects.

The program was developed by the National AIA to recognize architects who use insights, talents, training and experience to contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human condition.

Fawley has served the Manatee community for more than 30 years. In that time he has volunteered for many local organizations such as Goodwill Manasota and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Fawley is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Manatee Education Foundation, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as well as several task forces and committees for other local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Corporations.

"I am proud to be recognized as part of the Citizen Architect Class, a distinguished group of professionals who, by their actions advocate for higher living standards, the creation of sustainable environment, quality of life, and the greater good." Fawley said.

John Neal Homes opens new Palmevera model

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- John Neal Homes opened its Palmavera model in the Haddington section of Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch.

The Palmavera is a new 2,884 square-foot floor plan with three bedrooms plus a den, and open great room layout.

Haddington features private roads, including its own transponder-controlled "residents only" gate, paver sidewalks and community landscaping. Neighborhood amenities will include three gazebos and a kayak launch. Homes will range from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet, with home and home site packages beginning in the high $400,000s.

MSC Foundation donates nearly $20,000

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The MSC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Michael Saunders & Co., handed out about $20,000 in year-end charitable grants for 2013.

Leaders of 27 nonprofit grass-roots organizations in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties accepted the awards. Drayton Saunders, the firm's president and foundation vice president, presided over the grants presentation at the company's Lakewood Ranch office.

Grant recipients include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Children's Guardian Fund Inc., Community Coalition on Homelessness/Manatee County, Community Youth Development of Sarasota County, Family Partnership Center, Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Foundation for Dreams Inc., Gator Wilderness Camp, Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, HOPE Family Services, ITN Sarasota, Jewish

Family & Children's Services, Just for Girls Academy, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, Manatee Education Foundation, Miracle League Manasota, The Players Inc., Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center, Selah Freedom Inc., and Yummy Stuff Club Inc./Children's Healthy Pantry.

Michael Saunders agents donate a portion of their commissions on each real estate transaction, making the grants possible. Company's staff and leadership contribute through voluntary payroll deductions throughout the year.

New Ashton Woods model opens in Palma Vista

BRADENTON -- Ashton Woods Homes has completed a model home at its Palma Vista community off Palma Sola Boulevard and Cortez Road.

The Floridian model offers 3,544 square feet of living area with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a media room plus a three-car garage. The home is priced from $484,990.

-- Herald staff report

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