Yearly Archives: 2013

RLH Ranks in Top 50 Philanthropic Companies

Every month, a team of RLH volunteers cook dinner for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House.

Above:  Every month, a team of RLH volunteers cook dinner for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House.  Below:  Clean-up, too!

Today, the Orlando Business Journal published its list of Top Philanthropic Companies, evaluated by contributions paid out to charitable organizations in 2012.  RLH sits among companies at the top half of the list at #18, having contributed just over $40,000 and 300 employee volunteer hours to our favorite charities. Number one on the list was Walt Disney World Resort, which contributed $30 mi6-13-13 Phil S - Copyllion and 230,000 hours to charitable organizations.



Helpful Hands 2nd Annual “Evening Under the Stars” Raises Almost $25,000

Helpful Hands LogoAt RLH, we tend to “get our hands dirty” for the charities we support. This year, Helpful Hands’ 2nd Annual “Evening Under the Stars” fundraiser was held at the home of our president, Richard Haines. Our team constructed a dance floor and stage on the property, where a live band played and everyone enjoyed dancing under the stars.

We’d like to extend a big Thank You to supporters of the evening.
Together, we raised almost $25,000 for Helpful Hands.

Helpful Hands is a charity that looks to provide opportunities for children to develop life skills, to experience life equal to their peers, and to provide encouragement during a time in their lives when it is most needed.  The charity has sponsored children to attend the Oviedo Police Department’s Summer Camp and has joined with the Steinway Society for its annual Piano Gifting, giving talented children their first piano and lessons.

Visit the Helpful Hands website to read more about its programs.


RLH Wins Eagle Award for Aristocrat VW


Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) has awarded RLH Construction an Eagle Award in the Commercial ($5 to $10 million) Category of its annual Excellence in Construction competition. The 30,000-square-foot Aristocrat Volkswagen East project is the 2nd design-build VW “White-Frame” prototype in the United States. The entire 11-acre site was previously wetlands. Once mitigated, a 1,500-lineal-foot segmented block retaining wall was installed with heights varying from six to ten feet. 56,000 cubic yards of import fill (approx. 2,889 dump trucks) were placed. A naturally-occurring stream was routed underneath the site and conveyed through two 60” RCP.

Meeting the stringent specifications of VW North America, this project was delivered in nine months, on time and under budget.

The Excellence in Construction Awards program recognizes the exceptional work for an entire construction project for general contractors. Projects are judged on execution of design, quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail, proper installation, outstanding coordination efforts, challenges successfully overcome, project complexity, custom materials, safety program, and owner satisfaction. The Eagle Award is the Central Florida Chapter’s highest recognition.

Read more about the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?


John Galuppo, RLH Superintendent at The Legends at St. John condominiums, earned a spot in its association newsletter, Legendary News.  John has been overseeing the renovation of 15 active condominium buildings and the community’s clubhouse, located in St. Augustine, Florida.

Large-scale renovations are typically tough on residents, but John’s compassion and cheery attitude have gone a long way to ease the inconvenience for the homeowners at Legends.

“John is incredible and he is definitely passionate about his job and our project here at The Legends.”

To read this well-written feature about John and his background, view or download the Legends Newsletter Article.


RLH Earns Gold for Safety 5 Years in a Row

ABC member_logoAssociated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) has awarded RLH Construction a Gold Level of achievement in the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP).  The award recognizes RLH for our ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program for 2013.  This is the fifth year in a row RLH has qualified for the Gold Level STEP Award.

The STEP program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  It is a way for companies to enhance their safety and loss prevention programs and provides objective methods to measure safety performance.

For more information about the STEP program, visit ABC’s website.

Ronald McDonald House 2013 Golf Classic for Charity

Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida Golf Classic golf course

RLH's Kathy Casey with Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders (middle), and a RMH volunteer.

RLH’s Kathy Casey with Arnold Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders (middle), and another volunteer.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida is one of our favorite charities. Since opening their first Ronald McDonald House (RMHCCF) in December 1996, over 18,000 families have found a home away from home while their children received medical treatment in our community.

We had a great day at the annual golf tournament, held at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

What is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida?

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida’s mission is to find, create and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. In short, they provide a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment in medical facilities in Orlando. Each year, about 2,700 families stay with them to be close to their critically ill children.

Some Notes About the Central Florida Chapter

  • 50% of the families we serve come from Central Florida.
  • We save families more than $3.3 million in hotel costs alone every year.
  • When they can, families factor the Ronald McDonald House into their decision about where to bring their child for care.
  • Our not-for-profit hospital partners benefit from increased patient referrals and repeat visits due to patient satisfaction.

What is Their Golf Classic Tournament?

The 2013 RMHCCF Golf Classic is a way for great people to come together for an awesome cause. Through sponsorship and other fees, this event is designed to raise money to keep supporting families in need. We have fun every year at this event and all leave feeling great that we were able to help people that truly need it.

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