Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Demolition Derby Raises Funds to Help Construction Projects

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Demolition Derby Raises Funds to Help Construction Projects

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Construction companies took a break from building April 26 to focus on demolition and a good cause at the sixth annual Builders Care Demolition Derby, held on the Westside.

"We will provide over $5 million worth of construction right here in the Jacksonville area in the next year," said Bill Wilson, executive director of the non-profit Builders Care. "We're going to raise enough to put on 50 roofs. We're going to raise enough to put 200 water heaters in. That's what this day is about."

Builders Care is a division of the Northeast Florida Builders Association and unites otherwise competitive companies in providing home improvement assistance to the elderly, disabled and low-income residents in eight counties in Northeast Florida.

The event's proceeds support future Builders Care projects.

"Really, what we're doing here is wrecking cars and building the fraternity of builders that helps every day of the week. This is our fun day and it helps me unite the electricians and the framers and the plumbers all together," Wilson said. "These are just our friends here. There's no professionals. There's no money to win. Just bragging rights for the year."

First-time event driver Cliff Mikles of B&G Plumbing said being part of the Builders Care team is an important way to give back to the community.

"We care, that's all there is to it. We go out there and we help people that are in need, and we have a blast doing it."

Builders Care car driver Crew Wilson, who has participated since the event's inception, said the Demolition Derby is a unique way for builders to help those in need.

"It gives me a good feeling giving back to the community and giving back to those that need help," he said.

The event was held for the second time at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and featured more than 40 cars, sponsored by companies throughout the area. …

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