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EC Barton & Company Raises $10,000 for Build Up for Phillip

Whitney Williams | April 30, 2018

EC Barton & Company Raises $10,000 for Build Up for Phillip

 

EC Barton & Company is proud to announce the donation of the following items to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro Build Up for Phillip project:

 

Donation of shingles for all 9 homes

Opportunity to purchase additional materials needed at our cost

$10,000 Donation

About Build Up for Philip:

The Build Up for Phillip project was part of a ripple effect that Phillip Evans generated through the lives of those he met. Phillip loved to Build Up the people and communities around him.

 

A committee made up of family and friends of Phillip Evans, as well as Habitat representatives, was formed to oversee the Build Up for Phillip campaign. The Build Up for Phillip committee partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro to honor Phillip and help our local community. The Build Up for Phillip campaign began in January 2018. 

 

The committee wanted to discuss the opportunity to build one Habitat home in Phillips honor. But, because of overwhelming response to the project, the opportunity grew to sponsor nine homes and construct a community park instead. To do this, they needed to raise at least $325,000.00 to cover the cost of the new U-shaped street, sidewalks, park equipment, and other items needed to complete the neighborhood.

 

The goal is to have the funds secured by Phillips birthday, which is September 12. After completion, the street (Evans Way) and park (Phillip Evans Park) will be dedicated in Phillip’s honor. This project is personal for the Evans family. Brooks (his wife), Noah and Hannah (his children), and other family and friends look forward to seeing Phillips ripple carry on and touch lives for years to come. 

About Habitat for Humanity:

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro was established in June 1992 and has helped twenty families reach their dream of homeownership. Jonesboro Habitat partners with qualifying individuals or families to provide a “hands up” opportunity. Partnering family’s volunteer partnership hours during the construction of the home, they complete homeownership education courses, and pay a zero-percent interest mortgage at their affordability. To learn more, volunteer, or donate visit www.JonesboroHabitat.com. 

EC Barton & Company was represented by close friend of Phillip and Board Member Chris Gardner, CEO Steve Brimner, VP of Operations Kevin Pierce, Barton’s of Jonesboro Store Manager Ron Turpin, and Marketing Content Developer Christie Miller the check presentation ceremony held at the corporate headquarters. Kevin Pierce, Chris Gardner, and Christie Miller spoke on behalf of E.C. Barton & Company to the Build Up Team:

 

We are humbled and proud to be able to give back to our community and a project that supports the community that has been so good to us for over the last 133 years.

 

The Build Up for Phillip project is meaningful in that it will make a difference in the lives of many. While I personally didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Phillip Evans, it is my understanding he was a man of action. If something needed to be done, he was there to help, no matter what his skill level or knowledge of the project might be…nothing held him back.

 

He was a man committed to his family, his church family, his work family, and his community. He was a man who made the difference in the lives of many, and it is our pleasure to be able to play a very small part in his legacy as he continues to touch lives for many years to come. – Kevin Pierce

 

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Well, I told her earlier (referring to Christie Miller), I said “No, I might not make it through but, uh, you hit it spot on whenever you described Phillip a few minutes ago about him being a man of action and Brooks and I kind of smiled at each other whenever you said that because there’s a lot of funny and also heart-warming stories that we could tell about that.

 

But, he loved this kind of thing. If he were here with us today, he would absolutely love this project. There would be one thing about it though that he would hate. I’ll just tell you what it is, the fact that we’ve actually named it after him. That’s the one thing that would bother him. Other than that, he would be in the middle this, spear-heading the effort, leading it, and wanting to be a part of it. He certainly would. So thank you all for everything you’ve done to try to make this a reality and for participating and getting behind it as an organization. You guys have inspired me as well and I really appreciate this so much. Thank you.  – Chris Gardner

 

 

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The Habitat for Humanity Build Up for Phillip project is a partnership that was inspired by the life of Phillip Evans. I also did not have the privilege of knowing Phillip personally but based on the accounts of those who knew him, he loved to build up the people and communities around him.

 

The project began as a single home to honor Phillip’s memory but as friends and family reached out to donors that opportunity grew into 9 homes and a community park.

 

Chris Gardner, who was a very close friend of Phillip’s brought the opportunity to Steve Brimner’s attention. Steve immediately put together a team including Jeff Hart, Kevin Pierce, Ron Turpin, and myself to discover the details and see how we could best help this wonderful project. 

 

With that, E.C. Barton & Company is proud to offer the following items to the Habitat for Humanity Build Up for Phillip project:

 

Donation of shingles for all 9 homes

Opportunity to purchase additional materials needed at our cost

$10,000 Donation

 

We would like to thank Chris Gardner for bringing this project to our attention, Steve Brimner for allowing us to move forward with joining this project, Habitat for Humanity for allowing us to be a part of this tremendous effort, and last but not least, the family of Phillip Evans for sharing their story so that this project might happen. – Christie Miller

 

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On behalf of the 600 plus partners at E.C. Barton & Company, it is my privilege to present this check to Habitat for Humanity in support of the “Build Up for Phillip” project. – Kevin Pierce

 

E.C. Barton & Company is committed to partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro on the Build Up for Phillip project throughout it’s course, including build projects and other fundraising efforts. This is a project that means something to our partners on a personal level. We are grateful to be a part of this tremendous effort.