Big Brothers Big Sisters’ local chapter will benefit from a national builder’s April fundraiser staged as a multiple-city open house event.

David Weekley Homes donated $5 for each visitor who signed up with a sales consultant during the Houston-based company’s World’s Largest Parade of Homes. The privately-held homebuilder celebrated 40 years in business this year by hosting the homes parade, drawing 7,200 people April 1-30 to models or showcase houses across the country “to see current innovations in design and décor trends.”

The donation to local nonprofit organizations is part of the company’s charitable and philanthropic efforts, David Weekley Homes says. In 2016, the builder passed on $36,000 to 19 local charities.

The recipients in Charleston and in Hilton Head Island — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development — received nearly $900.

“The donation from David Weekley Homes was much more than we expected,” says Christina Hoffecker, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development.

The monetary gifts are an outgrowth of the builder’s CARE program, joining company employees with homeowners, homebuyers, community partners and local nonprofits in a goal of “building dreams, enhancing lives.”

“I appreciate the fact that David Weekley’s heart lies in enhancing the lives of others,” says Nancy Robertson, purchasing coordinator and CARE council member for David Weekley Homes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America dates back more than 100 years. The group provides “children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

Operating in 23 cities in the U.S. including Charleston, David Weekley Homes has built and closed sales on more than 80,000 houses since 1976.

Go to www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.