Post-Builders' Show House Tour Raises $20,000 for Kidney Foundation, Charity
The doors of The New American Home were opened to the public for nine days following the International Builders’ Show, and the additional tours generated $20,000 for the National Kidney Foundation and the Mid-Florida Home Builders Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando.
The charity-oriented tours were spearheaded by Kim Goehring, president of Goehring and Morgan Construction in Orlando, Fla. Goehring, a kidney transplant patient, built The New American Home and thought that he could successfully raise money for the foundation by opening the house to public tours after the builders’ show.
“Anytime I see an opportunity that can help the Kidney Foundation, I put my efforts into it,” Goehring said. He scheduled the public tours for after the International Builders’ Show, but before the new owners, who purchased The New American Home just prior to the builders’ show, moved in. Tickets for the tour were $5 per person.
The charity tours drew 4,000 visitors and raised about three times as much as Goehring originally anticipated. “We thought that we would raise about $6,000 or $7,000 but we raised way more,” Goehring said. “The crowds were phenomenal. We had 800 or 900 people through each day of the weekend.”