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Dr. Phillips Charities $100,000 donation completes ORRF funding goal

Monday, June 20, 2016  
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Wendy Oliver of Dr. Phillips Charities with ORRA President John Lazenby and Orlando Regional REALTOR Foundation President Beverly Evans
Wendy Oliver of Dr. Phillips Charities (center) with ORRA President John Lazenby and ORRF Chairman Beverly Evans

A $100,000 donation from Dr. Phillips Charities to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation completes the funding goal for Heroes’ Commons at Jefferson Park, a housing initiative that will provide mortgage-free homes to six military veterans.

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation, formerly named the Florida Real Estate Foundation, is the charitable arm of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association.

“For more than two centuries the United States military has protected Americans against our enemies and the enemies of our friends,” says Dr. Phillips Charities President Ken Robinson. “Dr. Phillips Charities is proud to support United States veterans. It is due to countless lives selflessly given in defense of our country that we can stand today, free and grateful. We consider it an honor to provide a grant toward the construction of Heroes’ Commons at Jefferson Park to build mortgage-free homes for honorably discharged veterans so they can become homeowners.”

Other major donors to the project include the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, the Wells Fargo Foundation and Wells Fargo Housing Fund, and the Fair Housing Continuum, Inc., which has given nearly $400,000 to the project over the past two years.

Heroes’ Commons at Jefferson Park is part of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation’s “Art in Architecture” program, which collaborates with local architects, builders, lenders, housing organizations, and municipalities to create affordable housing opportunities. The Heroes’ Commons at Jefferson Park development, currently under active construction, is a planned “village” of six single-family, ADA compliant detached homes located in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando.

The veterans selected to receive a home met certain financial counseling and income requirements, and were chosen by a selection committee. The veterans will also receive access to supportive services to ease the transition from military life and into the role of a successful new homeowner.

Visit for more information about Heroes’ Commons At Jefferson Park, to make a donation, and to view a list of major project donors.

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