For the past several months, the manager at Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply’s Memphis, Tennessee, location has been hard at work securing donations for one of his passion projects, the St. Jude Dream Home.
Ewing, manufacturers of products it sells and the landscape contractors who buy them have donated more than $10,000 in irrigation, low-voltage lighting, drainage and landscape products and installation work.
“Without people to give back to St. Jude, there would be no St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Wade Stewart, branch manager of Ewing’s Memphis location, who spearheaded Ewing’s involvement in the project. “Without the hospital, there would be no improved survival rates, no chance for cures, no hope.”
The St. Jude Dream Home in Memphis is one of over 30 around the country. Since its inception in 1991, the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude nationwide and has raised more than $290 million. Fundraisers such as this one ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Stewart first got involved with the St. Jude Dream Home fundraising project when a prior employer donated services in 2007, and he has personally contributed in some way every year since.
On behalf of Ewing, Stewart began reaching out to vendors and customers last fall to secure their support.
Ewing customers and manufacturer partners rallied to donate products and time and labor to help with the St. Jude Dream Home.
Materials supplied by Ewing partners included an irrigation system with water-efficient sprinklers and nozzles from Hunter Industries; PVC pipe (JM Eagle) and fittings (LASCO Fittings Inc.); and a backflow prevention device from Central Sales Co. Inc. The Dream Home also received a landscape lighting system with fixtures and transformer from FX Luminaire and wiring and connections from Paige Electric, as well as lawn and plant care products from Holganix.
Construction began in April, with an irrigation system installed by Ewing customer Hunter Stroud, Southern Landscape Services LLC. A low-voltage lighting system was installed by Jesse Wisley, Mid-South Irrigation & Landscape, and Bruce Ewing, Bartlett Landscape Spray.
Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply is the largest family-owned supplier of landscape and water management products in the country.