THANK YOU to everyone who gave a toy (or more than one)! We collected an estimated 400 items - soccer balls, dolls, miniature trucks, puzzles and games - the kids are going to be very excited!!
For our second year, Summit collected toys for the Annual Oceanway Santa Party in North Jacksonville, happening Saturday, December 22nd. There is a parade through the neighborhood with firefighters, firetrucks, police officers, and volunteers, and kids are invited to meet Santa at the Community Center where they are given a toy and snacks. A great way to share some excitement and fun at this special time of year.
Happy Holidays from our Summit Family to You and Yours!
Summit Supports I Ride With Steve - a Veteran's 3,000 Mile Bicycle Trek Across America
November 18, 2018
Disabled Veteran, Steve Hughes, rode his bicycle from California to Florida to raise awareness and money for veteran service organizations. He started in September and is completed his cross country bicycle ride here in Jacksonville on Sunday, November 18th.
Steve Hughes is a 60 year old disabled veteran of China, ME, and a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He rode his bicycle (aptly named Miles) from San Diego, Calif., to Jacksonville, Fla. Hughes’ ride, www.iridewithsteve.com, benefits veteran service organizations: Project Hero, Travis Mills Foundation, and Air Force Enlisted Village.
Summit volunteers helped cheer Steve across the finish line along with WRH Realty at Ciel Luxury Apartments that are currently under construction. In conjunction with the finish line celebration, 20 local children received free bicycles that were built at the event by volunteers.
Steve Hughes is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, and served 28 years of active duty. Biking became an important part of Steve’s life after a back injury and a series of surgeries left him without the use of his lower left leg and foot. “I can get on a bike without my brace, and I feel normal again!” Hughes said. “Since retiring, I have devoted my life to helping others and motivating others to never give up. I want to show others that despite physical limitations, we can still achieve, and we can still be productive and active in our lives.”
Hughes is riding for three veteran charities: Project Hero, www.ProjectHero.org, raises awareness of the National PTSD mental health crisis and making a difference in the lives of thousands of Veterans and First Responders; The Travis Mills Foundation, www.travismills.org/foundation/, a nonprofit organization formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families; and, The Air Force Enlisted Village, www.afev.us, a residence for the spouses of enlisted men and women of all branches of the service.
Summit Contracting Group, Inc. is committed to giving back to the communities we live and work in. Our philanthropy and sponsorship initiatives, led by Nicole Padgett CAO, have focused our giving to organizations that directly support military veterans, help to fight homelessness, give support to victims of domestic violence, give directly to homeless children and support after-school programs.
Summit Sponsors 2nd Annual UNF Construction Management Corn Hole Tournament
November 9, 2018
Summit was a sponsor of this year's UNF Construction Management Corn Hole Tournament held at the NEFBA Building on November 9th. It was a great opportunity to talk to students in the construction management program while we enjoyed some BBQ and friendly competition. Summit now owns our very own custom Corn Hole board - we can’t wait for next year!
#TeamSUMMIT #UNFConstructionManagement #SWOOP
Summit Raised $8,500 in School Supplies for Jacksonville Non-Profits
August 22, 2018
Summit Contracting Group has completed their second annual school supply drive with a final tally of materials valuing $8,500. With donations from Summit, it’s employees, tenants in Summit Tower at 1000 Riverside Avenue, and the Jacksonville community, they were able to collect enough supplies for 400+ school children.
“I believe that every child in Jacksonville should have the proper school equipment to achieve an education. Here at Summit, we’re determined to make sure no child falls behind in school due to circumstances they cannot control. I am proud to know that Summit was able to provide for 400+ children in non-profit centers within the Jacksonville community. Summit has the most dedicated team that I could ask for and I appreciate everything they did to help bring this school supply drive to life. I look forward to our future contributions to ensure that every child has a chance to learn!” – Nicole Padgett, CAO, Summit Contracting Group, Inc.
This year, the recipients were expanded from 1 to 3 organizations: Sulzbacher Village, Hubbard House and Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.
The first supply drop off was to Sulzbacher Village, www.sulzbacherjax.org, where Summit recently completed construction. Summit donated to Sulzbacher last year for the first annual school supply drive, and this year contributed close to 300 backpacks, thousands of pens, crayons, and more. Sulzbacher Village is a mixed-use multifamily development that provides permanent housing for homeless women and families, health care, classes and more for the community.
The second drop was to Hubbard House, www.hubbardhouse.org, a full-service domestic violence center that currently serves 30-50 children in need of school supplies. Summit’s donation included 50 backpacks, 200 folders, notebooks, cleaning supplies and enough pens and pencils to supply the kids in the center for a good portion of the school year.
The donations did not stop there. Summit extended the giving to also provide for Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, www.bgcnf.org, a center that specializes in enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Summit is dedicated to making a positive impact in the Jacksonville community and they look forward to raising even more next year.
Because Together We Stand
Check out this great article about K9s for Warriors unique program for helping veterans with PTSD:
In 2015, Summit built a 17,000 square foot training facility for this organization because we believe in the importance of the program in helping veterans.
Summit Volunteers in Summer Fun Run
July 21, 2018
We enjoyed a breezy summer evening in the 23rd Annual Vestcor 5K Bridges Run. Summit is a sponsor of this fun run that benefits multiple Jacksonville charities, including American Heart Association, Give Kids a Chance, Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Tiger Academy, UF Health Jacksonville, and many other worthwhile local organizations.
Summit Volunteers Host an Afternoon of Fun for Kids at Hubbard House
July 3, 2018
It was an Independence Day to remember, according to Summit volunteers who visited Hubbard House, a domestic violence center in Jacksonville. They brought hot dogs, ice cream, basket balls, and toys... but the big event for the afternoon involved a few hundred water balloons and a whole lot of fun!
"All children just want to love and be loved in return. Knowing what these children in particular have gone through and why they are currently in Hubbard House but yet, they are still so full of hope and joy is just an amazing thing to see. It was really awesome just watching them have fun and be kids," says Michelle Kirkland, one of Summit's volunteers.
“Safety, empowerment and social change for victims of domestic violence.”
Serving Duval and Baker Counties, Hubbard House, a full-service certified domestic violence center, has answered more than 91,000 hotline calls and sheltered more than 36,800 victims and their children in its 42-year history. The agency’s impact can be measured in suffering spared, lives liberated and tragic deaths dodged right here in the local community. And, for most victims, it all begins with a free, confidential phone call to the agency’s 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline, (904) 354-3114.
#SummitGivesBack: Summit Contracting Group is committed to giving back to the cities and professional communities that we build in and live in. Our dedicated employees help us follow through on this commitment with many volunteer hours and personal contributions throughout the year. Thank you Summit Team!
Summit Contracting Group Joins Shelters to Shutters’ Private Industry Solution to Fight Homelessness
May 8, 2018:
Shelters to Shutters (S2S), a national non-profit that transitions individuals and families from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency, today announced it has received a $100,000 donation from Jacksonville, Fla.-based Summit Contracting Group, the apartment industry's largest general contractor representing over 100,000 completed multifamily units.
"We are thrilled to have Summit as a Leadership Circle sponsor," said Andy Helmer, CEO of S2S. "We are very proud of the impact we've had and the lives we've transformed since our founding four years ago. This gift significantly strengthens our ability to transition ready-to-work individuals experiencing homelessness into employment and housing opportunities with our apartment industry partners. We cannot thank Summit enough for taking a leadership role in supporting our mission." …
The Promise to Kate foundation was formed to help fund research for Myotonic Dystrophy (DM) at the University of Florida, fund innovative training at Wolfson Children's Hospital and provide DM family support.
This year's event was on March 3rd in Jacksonville Beach and included live music, casino games, raffle, and silent auction. The Foundation presented a $45,000 check to the University of Florida research team, to help continue their study of Myotonic Dystrophy.
#SummitGivesBack on Valentine's Day with Bingo and Taco Night!
February 14, 2018
A group of volunteers from Summit visited Caroline Oaks Senior Apartments (Summit was GC for this project, completed in 2015.) We decorated common areas, served a taco bar with all the trimmings, desserts, and then we played Bingo! A wonderful night for everyone - we can't wait to host more events like this!
Summit Collected 200 Toys for Kids in North Jacksonville
The toys were given out in the Oceanway Neighborhood in North Jacksonville, on December 23rd. Marc and Nicole Padgett were there to help hand out toys directly to the kids, along with their daughter, Lexi. There was a parade through the neighborhood with Santa, firefighters, firetrucks, and police officers that ended at the community center where they have a party with snacks and hand out toys.
This event was started in 2009 by a police officer, and Jacksonville City Councilman Al Ferraro has since taken over coordinating.
THANK YOU to everyone who brought in a toy. We had 2 large overflowing bins – we don't have an exact count, but estimate at least 200 toys!
Employer Showcase at UNF
September 28, 2017
We enjoyed meeting potential Summit Team members at the Employer Showcase at UNF for the Building ConstructionManagement Program. It was a great opportunity to get to know what students are looking for in their future career, and wehope they consider us! #TeamSummit
Every year the Jacksonville Business Journal recognizes localbusinesses for their support of charities and philanthropicenterprises. Summit is honored to be included in this year's list.
No matter how much we come together as a community or as a nation, there will always be those in need. It is important for business organizations to involve themselves in charitableactivities because in many cases they are in the best positions to finance, organize, and carry out the activities that will benefitthose who need it the most and keep them from being leftbehind.
Through donations from Summit, our Employees, Vendors and Subcontractors we collected: 290 backpacks, 3200 pencils, 1200 pens, 2904 crayons, 13000 sheets of filler paper, 864 glue sticks, 60 scientific calculators, 171 composition notebooks, 205 spiral notebooks, folders, headphones, binders, tissues, soap, markers, scissors, erasers... so MUCH MORE!
Everything we collected is going to the Sulzbacher Center to help supply the kids they serve with the tools they need to learn. THANK YOU!
Summit is the general contractor for Sulzbacher Village: A Community for Women & Families, located North of Downtown Jacksonville, FL. This community will provide housing, job training, and health services for single women, female veterans, and families with children. Learn more about Sulzbacher Center: www.SulzbacherCenter.org
Vestcor 5K Bridges Run
July 22, 2017
As a sponsor of the Vestcor Family Foundation's Annual 5K Bridges Run, Summit was out to show their support (rain or shine!). Monies raised will benefit local non-profits, with a focus on education and children. Thank you to everyone who participated!
2017 Kingfish Tournament
July 17-22, 2017
Summit is a proud sponsor of this event, and this year our team brought home 7th place! Congratulations to all the participants!
Benefiting the Community through Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc. The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, held each year in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp on the ICW, is one of the largest kingfish tournaments in the Southeast. In addition to the General Tournament, this spectacular event also includes a Junior Angler Offshore Tournament, presented by Summit Contracting Group; a Food Festival, live entertainment, and much, much more.
We were thrilled to accept the award for Best Places To Work from the Jacksonville Business Journal - for the 3rd year in a row!
Biggest thank you to our ENTIRE TEAM who all make Summit great. Our dedication to quality, integrity, and teamwork will always pay off! And thank you to the Business Journal for a great event!
Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation, Inc.
To support the local community where we are building, Summit made a donation toward the rehabilitation of the Destin Aquatic Facility, which provides a community swimming pool, lessons and fitness programs. Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation is a public charity formed to develop physical fitness and water safety among the youth and adults of Okaloosa County.
UNF Construction Management Advisory Board
The UNF Construction Management department offers a management-oriented, technical curriculum that prepares students for a variety of positions in the construction industry.
Summit Contracting Group supports the Construction Management Program. In April 2017, several Summit executives and project managers attended the Hard Hat Banquet and Award Ceremony to recognize achievements in the program.
We made a Promise to Kate! - to help fund research for Myotonic Dystrophy and support families living with this diagnosis.
Summit sponsored the 6th annual fundraising event, The Reception: Jacksonville's Night of Inspiration and Celebration.
Promise to Kate is a non-profit organization started to fund research and support for Myotonic Dystrophy (DM). It affects an estimated 1 in 8,000 people worldwide, or nearly 40,000 individuals in the US alone. Learn More: www.PromiseToKate.org
UPDATE: Summit the K-9 is Getting Ready to Graduate!
December 6, 2016
"Summit" the K-9 and his warrior, Michael, are getting ready to graduate this month! They are both doing well in their training time together.
The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville enriches the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs.
Summit contributed to and attended the Excellerate Jax fundraising event in October.
K9s For Warriors, which trains service dogs for military veterans, is one of the many nonprofit organizations that Summit Contracting Group Inc. helps, but this year’s effort was something special. Summit conceived, built and provided labor and materials for an $8 million facility in Nocatee, where the dogs now live and are trained. Summit employees gave their time and many of Summit’s subcontractors also donated materials and labor. The new facility allows the organization to quadruple the number of veterans they can admit to the program.
Summit Runs in Vestcor 5K Bridges Run!!
July 23, 2016
As a sponsor of the Vestcor Family Foundation's annual 5K Bridges run, Summit was out to show their support with flying colors. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated!
Partners in Philanthropy
Summit Contracting Group was recently awarded a top ranking at the Jacksonville Business Journal's Partners in Philanthropy reception on September 18th, 2015.
"We are always looking for new opportunities to support our community", Marc Padgett said. "Jacksonville is our home and we are more than happy to do anything we can to preserve and improve our city".
Promise to Kate
Promise to Kate, an organization that helps children with myotonic muscular dystrophy, received $10,300 from Summit this year. Several Summit employees also donated personally and and the Summit team Sponsored an Gala on March 1st, 2015.
The Bridge of Northeast Jacksonville got into the Spirit with Summit Contracting Group, Inc. at The Bridge's first annual Trunk or Treat
October 29th, 2015
Students from The Bridge's BUS after school and Southwind Villas Program got spooked while Summit Contracting took home the prize of best "trunk", voted by The Bridge students! Our staff even got a little wacky for wacky tacky day! It was a great event full of trick or treats, costumes, and tons of candy!