Taylor Morrison and GHBA Break Ground for Charity Fundraiser

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Pictured left to right are Todd Rasmussen, Taylor Morrison Houston; GHBA Benefit Homes Chair Scott Merovitch, Chesmar Homes; GHBA President Jennifer Keller, Hamilton Thomas Homes; Bill Dalton, Taylor Morrison; Carole Brady, HomeAid Houston; Lee Kirgan, Operation Finally Home; and David Drew, Operation Finally Home.

Representatives from the GHBA, Taylor Morrison, the two charity beneficiaries, and other special guests gathered at the community pool clubhouse in Grand Vista to help mark the official groundbreaking of the first GHBA Benefit Home for 2022. Taylor Morrison and several guest speakers led the ceremony. Speakers were, Todd Rasmussen, division president of Taylor Morrison; Scott Merovitch, Benefit Homes Chair and Jennifer Keller, GHBA president. Speakers representing the charities were Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston, and Lee Kirgan, vice president of construction for Operation Finally Home.

Taylor Morrison is building the popular Dahlia Plan in the community of Grand Vista.

Each year two homes are built for this GHBA charity fundraiser with donated land, construction management, materials, labor and services by GHBA members. The homes are often built with upgraded amenities and are sold at market value. Since the project began 42 years ago, more than $12 million has been raised.


“It was such an incredible event to mark the beginning of construction with the dozens of vendors and special guests who joined in the groundbreaking celebration,” said Jennifer. “All Benefit Home groundbreakings are huge milestones for the charities and the entire Benefit Homes team. The energy and excitement of the occasion is an inspiration to everyone who attends.”

The Dahlia is a 1,532 sq. ft. one-story home with three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. This home is elegant with a splash of charm while it offers optimal living space for growing families.
An extended formal foyer flows into an open concept gathering room and kitchen that is perfect for family gatherings or entertaining. The formal dining room is the ideal setting for intimate dinners or grand celebrations. The private owner’s suite is located at the back of the home offering a beautiful retreat with its wall of windows that capture the light, making the room bright and airy. Two closets provide plenty of storage for separate wardrobes, a double door entry to the owner’s bath, a vanity with dual sinks and a separate walk-in shower.

“Taylor Morrison is proud to work with the GHBA members on this year’s Benefit Home,” said Todd. “The groundbreaking today was also our launch into a partnership with GHBA associate members who will donate materials and services to the construction of our Dahlia Plan. Their commitment and dedication to the Benefit Homes Project and to Taylor Morrison is a testament to their generosity and desire to give back to our community. We can’t thank them enough.”

The home is being built on a homesite donated by Taylor Morrison in the community of Grand Vista, located in the highly desirable city of Richmond, Texas. Grand Vista is ideal for today’s homebuyers seeking all the advantages of contemporary suburban living just 30 miles from downtown Houston. Grand Vista covers more than 600 acres with abundant amenities including two community clubhouses and pools, playgrounds, an onsite elementary school and lakeside walking trails. The community offers one- and two-story floor plans priced from the $400s to $600s+.

Throughout the 42-year history of the GHBA Benefit Homes Project, more than 110 homes have been built with the help of donations. If you would like to participate in the construction of the Benefit Homes Project where you will receive recognition within the media, email Terry Swenson or call 281-382-9977.

About the Author

Terry Swenson


A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's director of public relations.