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30 November . 2015

FishHawk Ranch and Waterset Concerts for a Cause Series Nets Thousands in Donations and Meals

Hundreds of concertgoers who attended this season’s Concerts for a Cause series at FishHawk Ranch and Waterset, helped make a difference in the fight against hunger in our community.

FishHawk Ranch and Waterset are owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. They are two of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.

Concertgoers donated enough non-perishable food items and cash donations at the six concerts to provide a total of 19,285 meals to area families who struggle with food instability. Three concerts were held at each community during September and October 2015.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Concerts for a Cause at FishHawk Ranch the community selected Lithia-based, Seeds of Hope, as the beneficiary of donations. The non-profit organization founded by FishHawk Ranch resident Leda Eaton, offers a food pantry for the surrounding areas of Lithia, Brandon and Valrico and also supplies weekend backpacks of food for low-income school children.

“We love the support for Seeds of Hope’s local food relief efforts through donations at Newland Communities’ Concerts for a Cause,” said Eaton. “It’s always heartwarming to see the food we receive at the concerts filling boxes of food each week for people in need.”

Donations collected during concerts at Waterset will be distributed to Feeding Tampa Bay, the area’s leading food bank, which provides food to more than 700,000 people in a 10-county area of West Florida, including Hillsborough County.

“We are always thankful for the enormous generosity of our residents,” said Pam Parisi, director of marketing for Newland Communities. “The donations raised will help feed people in our own community who go hungry or who aren’t sure when they will have their next meal.”

“When communities come together to help communities, we build a stronger foundation for the future,” said Thomas Mantz, executive director of Feeding Tampa Bay. “We are grateful for partnerships like the one with Waterset’s Concerts for a Cause which are a prime example of the great impact that can be reached when we take care of our hungry neighbors right here in the Tampa Bay area.”

The concerts and Fall Festivals were free of charge to the general public. In lieu of an admissions fee, participants were asked to bring nonperishable donations.

About FishHawk Ranch

FishHawk Ranch by Newland Communities is a 4,100-acre master-planned community located in southeast Hillsborough County. Recently certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition as the first green community in Hillsborough County, FishHawk Ranch features a variety of amenities including more than 25 miles of nature trails. The community offers paired town homes, single-family, and custom homes priced starting at $197,990 to more than $1 million. The FishHawk Ranch Welcome Center and model homes are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call (813) 685-7500 or visit our website at

About Waterset

Waterset by Newland Communities is a master-planned community located in Apollo Beach. Waterset features a variety of amenities that include a community pool, fitness center, Fit Trail and Greenway. The Waterset information center is located in The Landing Club & Café and is open daily from 10 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., along with 14 model homes priced from $190,000s to over $500,000. For more information, please call (813) 235-0154 or visit our website at


Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 45 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states. About NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH): NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.