‘Designers + Builders Unite’ relief fund brings essential supplies to Southwest Florida

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Florida Construction News staff writer

A trio of design and construction companies have established a community-wide relief fund to provide daily essentials and hygiene products to Southwest Florida residents impacted by Hurricane Ian.

The relief fund, Designers + Builders Unite: Rebuilding our Community Together, is raising money to purchase bottled water, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, pet food, paper products, granola bars and other essentials.

Design and construction companies, along with individuals, have donated and volunteered in the relief efforts including:

  • Ryan Watley, president of Watlee Construction in Hobe Sound
  • Linda Gunn Paton, Sklar Furnishings in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Mike Robertson, Alexa Warner and Tim Brohawn of Fuse Specialty Appliances in North Palm Beach and Naples
  • Vicki Pfeil and Ken Waite, MH Fine Hardware in Jupiter

At the first distribution on Oct. 2, volunteers provided supplies to families arriving in more than 500 vehicles. On Oct. 4, more than 1,000 cars came through the line before volunteers ran out of supplies. In total, Designers + Builders Unite distributed $65,500 worth of goods.

“So many Southwest Florida residents are struggling, and they need the basic essentials for everyday living,” said organizer Dwayne Bergmann, owner and principal designer of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. “The great part of living here is that we all struggle at times, but we always help our neighbors and come out stronger on the other end. That’s why our team wanted to become a distribution point to serve our neighbors and friends during their time of need.”

Donations are being collected at gofundme.com/f/a949s6-ian-relief-fund.

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