left to right: Curtis Cowgill, Karrie Meyers, St Jude Thaddeus, Clyde Jones, Marty Bean & Randy Chippeaux

On August 22, more than 30 builders across the United States gathered together in Memphis, Tenn. for St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Builder Summit 2016. Two jam-packed days included hospital tours, learning about the innovative proton beam therapy plus all coming together as friends to celebrate raising more than $9 million in fiscal year 2016 for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This year Nies Homes invited three Nies representatives, Vice-President Curtis Cowgill, Superintendent Marty Bean and Marketing Consultant Karrie Meyers, as well as two subcontractors, Star Lumber’s Building Materials Senior Vice President Randy Chippeaux and Drywall Systems’ Residential Manager Clyde Jones.

The intent of Builder Summit is an opportunity for the builders and their vendors to be reminded of what the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program is truly about. It’s a chance to visit the hospital and to learn the latest research and technology advancements that are always changing at St. Jude.

We also are in “training.” We get refreshed on ways to interact with the media and learn the latest dollar amounts brought in by the ticket sales of our St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway houses. We get an opportunity to hear from our national sponsors – Brizo, Trane and Shaw Flooring – and see the new product lines they are offering for our homes. And we hear how other builders are getting their communities involved with their St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway houses.

But most importantly, it gives us a few days to set our usual work aside and take a moment to reflect on the vision and purpose of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through the stories we hear from both former and current patients, we realize just what a remarkable and unique facility St. Jude truly is. And Builder Summit gives us an opportunity to walk away with hope. Hope that the homes we build in our communities help in the fight to find cures for childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.

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