In early 2021, a diverse group of commercial real estate and building industry professionals, in partnership with the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, came together to raise more than $300,000 in much needed funds to help prevent homelessness in the greater Hartford community. The success of this inaugural event, known as the Building Foundations Breakfast, was due to the incredible generosity of more than 70 sponsors and many other donors who supported this critical fundraising event.
In April 2022 at the 2nd Annual Building Foundations Breakfast, the industry came together again for the cause, raising $420,000 collectively.
The funds raised ensured that:
• More than 1,000 people received emergency shelter;
• More than 1,500 people avoided homelessness through the shelter diversion programs and rental assistance;
• Information and referral services through United Way 211 continued to be funded; and
• Two (2) students at Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford have their tuition fully paid each year they attend the school
Annually, at the Building Foundations event, we honor the memory of the late Jeff Digel for his commitment to the profession and the community with an award in his name.
Jeff helped to start Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford and each year, a portion of the proceeds from Building Foundations are donated in his honor.
Congratulations to our 2022 Jeffrey Digel Award Recipient, Alan Lazowski, LAZ Chairman, CEO and Founder.