Bender Builders, Inc. d.b.a. G.J. Gardner Homes wishes to announce the establishment of its new showroom located at 6693 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite M, near Greenback in Folsom. Doug, Dan and Trina Bender, with dozens of custom homes under their belts in the greater Sacramento area, now team up with world-renowned custom homebuilder G.J. Gardner to take personalized homebuilding to the next level - where buying power, guaranteed phase management and the ultimate in flexibility of design combines to give those wishing to build their own home unparalleled options as well as a stress-lessened experience. Originating in Australia in 1983, G.J. Gardner Homes has built more than 25,000 custom homes on four continents and has more than 90 operations here in the U.S. Their “your plans or ours” concept has expert local contractors building hundreds of custom homes per year from individuals’ own blueprints and designs. The builder also offers hundreds of pre-priced floor plans at varying amenity levels capable of being altered to reflect buyers’ individual needs. Building costs on pre-priced plans range from as low as $75 per square foot. Those wishing to build their homes now are able to take advantage of G.J. Gardner’s unparalleled bulk buying power at a time when materials, labor and land costs are at record lows. The grand opening celebration is set for Thursday, August 21st from 3-7 pm and will be open to the public. To request an online open house announcement, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about G.J. Gardner homes, call 800. 229.1561 or go to www.gjgardnerhomes.com. Coldwell Banker launches Habitat for Humanity Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the largest real estate services company in the Sacramento-Tahoe region, last week announced the launch of its 10th annual Habitat for Humanity fundraising campaign. The major event of this year’s fundraising effort will once again be a Habitat for Humanity raffle, which kicked off this week. Last year’s fundraising effort raised $268,000 to help low-income families build their own home. Organizers of this year’s campaign, dubbed “Coldwell Banker’s BIGGIVE Benefiting Habitat for Humanity,” have set a goal of raising $400,000. Funds will also be raised by fundraisers held by individual Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices throughout Northern California. Over the past nine years, the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation has been the leading corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit organization that helps low-income families build their own homes. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has raised $1.75 million through the efforts of its sales associates, managers, staff and clients in Northern California, and the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage team has participated in the construction of 65 Habitat for Humanity homes and volunteered more than 40,000 hours. “Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is excited to celebrate our 10th year of working with Habitat for Humanity,” said Bob Bronswick, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Sacramento-Tahoe region. “The organization makes it possible for low-income families to achieve the American Dream of homeownership, which may not be possible otherwise. We are really coming together to build the framework of success for future generations.” Bronswick said Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agents and staff believe deeply in the mission of Habitat for Humanity. “We are committed to working with low-income families to help them not only build their homes, but a foundation for a better future,” he said. “This has been our opportunity to directly help the communities we live in and it’s been a wonderful and rewarding experience.” The raffle runs through September 12 in all 63 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices throughout Northern California. Tickets are $2 each and the public is invited to participate. Checks should be made payable to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation. All monies raised through the raffle will be donated to local Habitat for Humanity chapters for homes to be built in 2009. Prizes for the raffle include $5,000 donated by Princeton Capital, a three night getaway to Mexico, a stay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and an iPhone. For a list of prizes or Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices, please contact your local office or call 925.275.3085. Raffle prize winners will be notified Sept.18.