By BUILDER Magazine Staff. The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA), based in Tucson, raised $20,000 in seven months to benefit the local community food bank. The community food bank leveraged every donated dollar into $10 worth of food. In April 2002, SAHBA launched its campaign with a press conference at campaign partner Garrett's Supermarkets. SAHBA president Bob Storie of ContraVest Homes hosted the event.
Many food banks nationwide have experienced problems maintaining donations during the recession. SAHBA started the campaign in April because "summer is when donations drop off dramatically," says Barbara Tarrish of A.F. Sterling Homes, who served as SAHBA food-drive coordinator.
SAHBA members Roxy and John Petty, owners of Petty Products, jump-started the fundraiser with a challenge pledge. They matched every dollar collected, up to the first $5,000.
Community food bank executive director Punch Woods thanked SAHBA for "conducting the longest, continuous campaign" they have ever tried. "Only an organization like SAHBA could coordinate such a huge project and do it effectively," he said.