Archive for the ‘Charity Events’ Category
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Checking On Our Community After the Storm
Like so many others in the community, we were looking for ways to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy in the aftermath of the storm. The day after the hurricane we sent some of our team out to client homes to check for any damage and to help with removing trees and other debris. We also headed to the community of Harbor View in Norwalk to check on the HOBI award-winning home featured above which sits directly on the water.
We were relieved to see that our clients’ home had sustained relatively minor damage but it was immediately evident that the Harbor View community had been devastated by the storm. We spent some time in the area, joining others in the community to help our clients’ neighbors where we could. Two young women next door to our clients lived in a home where the first floor was completely destroyed with all the windows washed out and the furniture gone. We boarded up their windows to help prevent future weather damage or looting. Others in the area needed help with restoring power and removing debris.
Sadly, a historic neighborhood structure (once a dance pavilion and now a community center) was demolished by the storm. Jeff Titus met with some members of the community association to see what they needed most urgently to address cleaning and rebuilding efforts. He gave a tour of the area and its most essential needs to the owner of a large local building supply house who generously offered to help by offering discounts and extended payment terms wherever he could.
Titus Built will remain committed to supporting the Harbor View community as organizational, cleanup and rebuilding efforts continue in the area. If you would like to help in some way, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about Hurricane Sandy’s devastation in Harbor View.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
At Titus Built we are committed to supporting our local community and particularly our children in sports. Sports teams require the 3 P’s – practice, patience and persistence. Most things in life do not come easy. Children learn through sports how to set goals and work to achieve their goals; if they want to win they have to go after it. It teaches them how to work well with others and have fun at the same time. All are critical success factors for business.
We are proud to sponsor this year’s Wilton Little League and wish them a successful season, full of fun, laughter and home runs!
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
New exhibit explores architects’ work to
update and preserve antique homes
When Jeff Titus bought the above house, he hired a dendrochronology lab to take samples from the fireplace lentil, front wall and floor joists to run scientific dating tests. (Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating is the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of patterns of tree-rings. Dendrochronology can date the time at which tree rings were formed, in many types of wood, to the exact calendar year. From Wikipedia) The lab results were inconclusive; the best likely dating was somewhere between 1740 and 1760, but during this period it was not uncommon to reuse wood from an older home when building a new home. The Wilton Historical Society dated the home’s origin to 1791. Dendrochronology Report will be available to read at the "Building a Future From the Past" Exhibit.
"Building a Future From the Past" – Exhibit
March 25 - October 31, 2012
Tue – Fri, 10am – 4pm
Sat, 1 – 4pm;
Sun (through May) 1-4pm: 4/15; 4/29; 5/6; 5/20
Cost: free to members and children, $5 for non-member adults
Special Opening Reception (Free): Sunday, March 25, 3-6pm
“Fitch House Move 2001” – Fitch House, formerly 249 Danbury Road. To make its trip from #249, south to #224 Danbury Road, this 1732/1757 dwelling sacrificed its roof, attic, and rear wings, one of which was rebuilt on the new site. The center chimney was moved intact, with the top portion reassembled in its new location. Much of the Wilton community gathered on a cold day in January, 2001, to watch the event, which was led slowly down Route 7 behind the bagpipes of Glenn Shattuck. In a single day, the house was rotated 180 degrees and set just above its newly prepared foundation. Watercolor by Ed MacEwen. Donated to the Society by Hal & Judy Higby
"This new exhibit explores architects’ work to preserve antique homes while bringing them into the 21st Century. A special opening reception will be held Sunday, March 25 from 3-6pm, and educational events, an architect’s symposium and other events related to the exhibit are being planned.
Antique homes and their strong visual presence along roads in Fairfield County and throughout New England are an important part of the tapestry that creates the character of the town.
Reminders of the town’s and nation’s heritage, these buildings serve as living monuments of our past. For the owners, antique houses provide a very real connection to the lives of residents long since passed. For those driving by, they offer glimpses of a landscape steeped in history and nostalgia.
The Wilton Historical Society and a team of 11 leading architecture firms from throughout the region explore the many ways these historic homes are being preserved, protected and restored while being adapted for life in these modern times. The featured architects will be:
- Richard Bergmann Architects – New Canaan
- Erskine-Middeleer Associates – Wilton
- Faesy-Smith Architects – Wilton
- David Ling Architects – New York
- Bartels-Pagliaro Architects – South Norwalk
- Austin Patterson Disston Architects – Southport
- Kathleen Poirier Architects – Wilton
- Kevin Quinlan Architecture – Wilton
- Rob Sanders Architects – Wilton
- Michael Smith Architects – Wilton
- Richard Tomasetti Architects – Wilton
Curated by New Canaan’s Richard Bergmann, and made possible through a generous sponsorship from Titus Built, LLC of West Redding, the exhibit offers a glimpse into the innovative solutions architects are bringing to antique homes.
More importantly, the exhibit demonstrates the craftsmanship and viability of homes built 200 years ago, and explores the historical, cultural and environmental benefits of their preservation. For more information and updates, visit www.wiltonhistorical.org or call (203) 762-7257," via Wilton Historical Society.
Wilton Historical Society Co-Presidents with "Building a Future From the Past" Curator and Lead Sponsor.
From left: Tierney O’Hearn, co-president of the Wilton Historical Society, guest curator Richard Bergmann, exhibit sponsor Jeffrey Titus, and Greg Chann, Society co-president.
“I am honored to be included with this prestigious group of local professionals who are as passionate as I am about preservation, local history and superb design. Being part of five generations of family in this area since the early 1900’s, I feel the responsibility to enrich our communities and retain a bit of our local heritage.
We are fortunate to live in an area of the United States that is rich with American history and architecture. I’m proud to support the Wilton Historical Society in their effort to educate and raise awareness of our historical buildings, architecture and construction materials and methods that have shaped how we live today.” Jeff Titus
To see more of Titus Built Historical Renovations visit their Historical Renovations Portfolio or Blog here:
Join Jeff Titus on Sunday, March 25th, at the Wilton Historical Society and enjoy what the museum is all about . . . preserving, and sharing our heritage.
Interested in Traditional American Rooms join Christine G. H. Franck’s lecture at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in NYC:
WINTERTHUR: TRADITIONAL AMERICAN ROOMS
Monday, October 24th, 2011
Jeff Titus attended a remodelers’ share best ideas event this weekend on Cape Cod at George Davis Builders, Inc. in South Yarmouth, MA. The group, represented by 5 remodeling companies throughout the United States, shared their current business plan and up-to-date financial statements. Through the collaboration of these experienced remodelers the group is able to identify strengths and weaknesses of each company as well as share strategies and knowledge contributing to business growth. Below is a list of the members that attended the event:
Back Row Left to Right: Jeff Titus, Dale Contant, George Davis, Kevin O’Brien ~ Front Row Left to Right: Mike Spreckelmeier, Amy O’Brien
- George & Beth Davis of George Davis Builders, Inc. South Yarmouth, MA: www.georgedavisbuilders.com
- Dale Contant, Atlanta Design & Build, Marietta, GA: www.atlantadesignbuild.com
- Kevin & Amy O’Brien, Agape Construction Co., Kirkwood, MO: www.agapeconstruction.com
- Mike Spreckelmeier, Fort Myers, FL: www.progressivebuilders.com
- Jeff Titus, Titus Built, LLC: www.titusbuilt.com
George Davis Showroom:
As I spoke to Jeff about his weekend he seemed most interested in telling me about Katelynn’s Closet operated out of George Davis Builders, Inc.’s basement. I was truly impressed with the organization and wanted to pass on the word:
Providing clothing to children in need on Cape Cod
Stairway to Katelynn’s Closet
“We are a 501c3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
Please note that we can only accept gently used and new CLOTHING and shoes/boots for children sizes/ages 4-18 at this time. We respectfully ask that all clothing donations be delivered clean and in wearable condition. We ask that clothing be tear and stain free and that zippers work. Your generous donations are going to children in need on Cape Cod.
Katelynn’s Closet is located in the basement of George Davis Inc. 33 N. Main Street in South Yarmouth. The office is open M-F 8.30am-4.00pm and you can drop items off during this time.
Katelynn’s Closet is "staffed" M, Tues & Thurs from 9.30-12.00 and other times by chance or appointment. You can email us email@example.com, or call 508-394-0832 (ext. 102) or 508-771-3699 (Ann Bearse) if you’d like to make an appointment.”
For more information, please read: Group helps clothes needy Cape children http://bit.ly/n4wF6p.
Clothing stacked by size
Shoes arranged by size
Thank you to Katelynn’s Closet and all other charitable organizations that help children during their time of need. Should you know about a local children’s charity, please let us know so we can pass on the word.
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Mario Tama, Getty Images
With the tenth anniversary of September 11th coming up this weekend, we wanted to share some information with you about how to get involved in the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
"Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and support groups began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and pay tribute to those who rose in service in response to the tragedy.
By encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary, family members wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11 to help meet the challenges we face today." Learn more about how to participate here.
The images and nightmare are instilled in our minds and we will never forget. I was home, making our bed, watching GMA on ABC when the show was interrupted with the news. I will never forget watching one tower on fire, the jet hitting the second tower, and both towers collapsing. I am sure everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news. This Sunday, September 11th, 2011, let us all display the American flag outside every home, office, and store in the United States. Let’s do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends, and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those today that are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedom.
God Bless America!
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Brendan Duffy, second from right, participated in the 24th annual Bike MS Ride the Rhode.
On June 25-26, 2011, Brendan Duffy, Operations Manager for Titus Built, participated in the Bike to create a world free of MS Fundraiser. Brendan, along with a few of his friends, represented Colwen Management/Town Place Suites Marriott, North Kingston, RI.
We are proud of Brendan for participating in this year’s cycle run for MS. Prior to the event, Brendan practiced a few bike runs, but wasn’t sure how he would ever finish the ride. When he came back from the event he told us “It wasn’t as bad as I thought.” Anytime he felt like giving up, he would think about the cause he was biking for and it gave him the burst of energy needed to finish the ride. Kudos to Brendan for raising approximately $1,200 towards the Rhode Island Chapter goal of $830,000!
Brendan Duffy and colleagues enjoying the a cold Harpoon beer at Connecticut College.
According to MS, Rhode Island Chapter, “over 800 cyclists took to the roads of Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut for the 24th annual Bike MS Ride the Rhode. In true New England fashion, thunderstorms were in the forecast but we never saw a drop of rain, as they wound their way from the Narragansett Pier School to the overnight at Connecticut College where a cold Harpoon beer and finish line BBQ awaited them. Day 2 was bright and sunny and turned into a gorgeous summer day as our riders cycled up the coast back to the Narragansett… We are proud to say that we have already raised over $650,000 and are well on our way to reaching our goal of $830,000!”
Take a look at the photos from the ride courtesy of our friends at Decisive Moment Photography!!!
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
When one of our client’s commissioned us to design a tree house for their children it sparked our interest. Were tree houses only for children? As we did our research we found out that tree houses are not just for children, but for the young at heart as well. Tree houses are located through out the world and are used as restaurants, hotels, playgrounds and family retreats:
Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland, England is the largest public garden in all of Europe. The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland commission a local contractor to create a 6,000 square foot tree house which houses a 120-seat restaurant, a retail shop, two classrooms and two private dining rooms as well as treetop walkways and cavernous spaces, www.alnwickgarden.com/eat/eat-in-the-treehouse.
- The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, “has an elaborate 340-foot ramp that leads visitors up to a magical hide-away with views of Pearson Pond,” www.holeinthewallgang.org.
o Weekend getaway on their land in the country combining entertaining area for adults as well as kid friendly features.
o A unique place to entertain and hang out with friends with access/egress by a cable bridge or ramp.
o Children’s playhouse with access/egress by ladders, long rope swings and zip lines.
o State Park Lookout Points
o Golf Course Club Houses
o Tree House Resorts
o Guest Houses
o Home Offices
So, next time you’re looking for more space, let Titus Built design and build add-on luxury to your home; a trendy new tree house. It’s a wonderful get away that is surrounded by nature’s serenity; a place where dreams can be fulfilled; and, with memories that will last you a lifetime.
Thursday, May 12th, 2011
Photo link to "Cancer benefit honors Wilton Woman" – Wilton Bulletin
Please join Jeff Titus and his family as they walk for the Whittingham Cancer Center. Proceeds from the fundraiser will directly enhance the lives of patients and their families through patient care initiatives, innovative therapies, research and clinical trials, support services and a new program offering patients and their families a personalized plan of care. The Whittinghams are long-standing friends and supporters of Norwalk Hospital.
This year’s walk/run will be named “Sally’s Run” in memory of Sally Kalin, a Wilton woman who lost her life to cancer in June 2010, after an eight-year battle with the disease. Steve Kalin, Sally’s husband, said “We were always amazed by the wonderful, compassionate care Sally received at Norwalk Hospital… To celebrate Sally’s legacy, we chose to name the run in her honor and help raise greater awareness and funding for the Whittingham Cancer Center.”
Steve Kalin, with his children, and Jeff Titus, along with his family, will be attending the event this Saturday, May 14th, at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Registration starts at 10:00 am and the 3K or 5K walk/run start at 12:00 pm. The post-event festivities start at 12:30 pm.
“Steve and his family are wonderful friends, as well as clients of Titus Built. We are happy to support such a great cause in honoring Sally’s life while raising money and awareness for our local cancer treatment facility at Norwalk Hospital,” said Jeff Titus, General Manager of Titus Built, LLC.
For further information, please visit www.norwalkhospitalfoundation.org.
- Thanks to all who participated in Sally’s Run! There was a huge turn out and lots of funds were raised for a great cause. Sally’s Mustangs was the 2nd highest contributor raising almost $30k! – Jeff Titus
- It was an amazing day and show of support for family members and friends with cancer. "Together, we raised a record $415,000 for the Whittingham Cancer Center. Funds support patient care initiatives, support services, innovative therapies, research and clinical trail." – Lisa Ferraro, Director, Norwalk Hospital Foundation
Friday, May 6th, 2011
Titus Built is pleased to announce that a current New Canaan resident client donated their existing kitchen to Green Demolitions. “Green Demolitions sells luxury commercial surplus and donated kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures, home decor, etc. from houses being demolished and renovated in Greenwich and New Canaan, CT, Scarsdale and Bedford, NY, and beyond. Donation proceeds benefit Recovery Unlimited, the operating name of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting a highly successful addiction recovery program established in 1964.”
The kitchen was sent to Green Demolitions of Riverdale, NJ. Julie Rinaldi, Julie@greendemolitions.com, updated the kitchen by adding new countertops; replacing the wooden knobs with contemporary tubular brushed nickel hardware; and, streamlining the island by cutting off the existing eating area. Julie said her customer purchased the entire kitchen ensemble, including the appliance, and was extremely delighted with their purchase.
Next time you remodel, remember to recycle! What better way to “go green” than to recycle your kitchen or bathroom. The recycled kitchen offers others the opportunity to receive a “new” kitchen which they may not have otherwise been able to afford, supports a worthy charity as well as providing you with a tax deduction. Go Green… Recycle!
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
This past Saturday, December 4th, Jeff and Christine Titus enjoyed a lovely evening while attending Cocktails for a cause: STOP CMV, hosted by Doug and Casey Famigletti of New Canaan, Connecticut.
CMV (cytomegalovirus) is a virus that affects fetal organs. It’s the most common congenital (present at birth) infection in the United States. “Each year, about 40,000 babies are born with CMV infection. Luckily, the virus does not harm most of them. But about 4,000 of these babies develop mental retardation, learning disabilities, hearing loss, vision loss, or other disabilities as a result of CMV infection” www.marchofdimes.com. In most cases, the pregnant mother acquires this virus through contact with small children, even possibly her own children.
“More children have disabilities due to congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) than other well-known infections and syndromes, including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Pediatric HIV/AIDS. In a recent survey of women in the United States, only 22% had heard of CMV, compared with 97% who had heard of Down Syndrome and 98% who had heard of HIV/AIDS. A more recent study found that only 14% of women in the United States had heard of CMV…” For further information, please visit http://www.stopcmv.org.
Please join all of us at Titus Built in spreading the awareness of congenital CMV… Pass it on… Let’s get this virus stopped!