The BIA parade of homes -- set for Dublin's Tartan Ridge in July -- will do more than give local builders a chance to show off their work.

The BIA parade of homes -- set for Dublin's Tartan Ridge in July -- will do more than give local builders a chance to show off their work.

The July 11-26 parade of homes will also give the Building Industry Association a chance to give back to central Ohio through the BIA foundation house.

Compass Homes, a first-year parade of homes participant, is the builder of this year's foundation house. It has already been sold.

A portion of the sale of the foundation house will go to the BIA Foundation, which benefits Nationwide Children's Hospital and organizations including the Columbus Housing Partnership, Habitat for Humanity and the Community Shelter Board.

Compass Homes president and founder Mark Braunsdorf said donating the foundation home was an easy choice.

"It made a lot of sense to us. The foundation does a lot of good for Children's Hospital," he said. "There's a bunch of things that made us want to do it. My wife and I had a preemie a year and a half ago and it opened our eyes to the value of a place like Children's Hospital."

The foundation house is a 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home, which Braunsdorf said is as easy to build as any other home.

"It's not any harder to work on than any other house," he said. "We felt this was a good time and it would be a good thing to do."

Jim Hilz, BIA executive director, said he's happy a home has been donated and sold already, considering the economy.

"I worry about (finding a foundation home contributor) every year, but I shouldn't because somebody's always willing to do it," he said. "That says a lot about our members and the parade participants. The consistency that we've been able to do this each and every year is great."

The parade of homes has included a foundation home since 1982, Hilz said, and the foundation has contributed nearly $1.7-million to charities.

"In essence, this is the fundraiser of the year for the foundation. Having this in the parade lets us show the foundation," he said. "Fortunately, we've had a builder every year."

Last year's foundation home built by the Tuckerman Home Group in Gahanna provided a $20,000 check for Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation.

The parade of homes preview party, set for 6 p.m. July 10, will also benefit the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Tickets to the preview party are $75 and can be purchased online at biaparade.com or by calling (614) 891-0575. The party includes a sneak peak at the homes, food by Cameron Mitchell Catering and beverages.

The parade of homes runs July 11-26 at Dublin's Tartan Ridge. Columbus-based Edwards Land Company is developing the subdivision, which will eventually include a mix of housing, a retail center and 40 percent green space. Tartan Ridge is near Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

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