In the Community

The associates of Holladay Properties recognize our responsibility to make our communities and world a better place. This value is strengthened through our commitment to enrich the lives of families in the communities where we live through charitable investments in housing, education, and well-being.

We are actively involved in the communities in which we are located and we love finding new opportunities. If you have a group we should be involved with, let us know!

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Some of our recent community service events include:

November 30, 2020

(Portage, IN and LaGrange, IL) - On Monday, November 30, 2020 Holladay Properties associates from the Portage, IN and LaGrange, IL offices participated in Junior Achievement's Joliet West & Joliet Central All Virtual Career Panel. The Career Panel was provided by Junior Achievement (JA) to help students in their career pathway journeys. Lori Kappel, Project Designer (LaGrange, IL), Duffey Phelps, Hospitality Developer (LaGrange, IN) and Amanda Watson, Marketing Director (Portage, IN) participated in the Business Career Panel, and Jessica Vargas, Project Architect (Portage, IN) and a long-time JA volunteer, participated in the Engineering Career Panel. This event aligned with Holladay's mission of enriching lives, as well as our values of Nurture, Community, and Health. 

November 24, 2020

(South Bend, IN) - On Tuesday, November 24, the South Bend offices wrapped up their 2020 food drive and delivered donations to Hope Ministries, a non-profit organization that provides food, housing and healthcare to homeless in the South Bend area. The South Bend food drive took place from October 26 to November 24 and donation boxes were located at the South Bend office on Douglas Road, Maple Lane Apartments in Elkhart, and West Jefferson Apartments in Mishawaka. Between the three locations, Holladay was able to collect 331 pounds of food and $452 for Hope Ministries to continue its mission.

November 23, 2020

(Portage, IN) - Between November 1 and 30, 2020, Holladay Properties and Holladay Construction Group associates working at the Portage Office held a food drive benefitting the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana provides food assistance to residents across Lake and Porter counties in Indiana. The organization partners with more than 100 food pantries and soup kitchens, and provides a mobile market that serves more than 600 households every week. The Portage Office's food drive collected nearly 450 pounds of food which was delivered to the organization on Monday, November 23.

November 11, 2020

(Nashville, TN) On Wednesday, November 11, the Nashville office hosted an American Red Cross blood drive. The drive was coordinated by Micah Williams, Property Manager, and Benton Smothers, VP-Development. The drive took place at the Holladay Properties office located at 2710 Old Lebanon Road in Nashville, TN from10 AM to 2 PM CST. This was Nashville's second blood drive in 2020. The previous drive was held on July 1 and collected 18 units, enriching 54 lives. 

The event saw 18 donors, including 6 first time donors and collected 15 units of blood, which can be used to impact 45 lives. 

November 11, 2020

(Indianapolis, IN) The Indianapolis Holladay offices of Holladay Properties and Holladay Construction Group partnered with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, November 11 for a blood drive. The drive was coordinated for Holladay by Jordyn Nelson, Estimating & Purchasing Coordinator (Holladay Construction Group) and Nicki Armitage, Project Coordinator (Holladay Construction Group). The drive took place at the American Red Cross office from 9 AM to 3 PM EST. Holladay set a goal of collecting 40 units of blood the day of the drive, and the event met the goal. 

The drive had 40 donors, including 5 new donors, representing 120 lives impacted.

October 19, 2020

(South Bend, IN) The South Bend office teamed up with the South Bend Medical Foundation on Monday, October 19 for a blood drive coordinated by Shelby Seifer, Assistant Property Manager, and Paul Phair, VP-Development. The drive took place from 8 AM to 12 PM EST at Holladay's corporate headquarters located at 3454 Douglas Road. Several Holladay associates participated in the event as well. Photographed, from left: Shelby Seifer; Lauren Quiett, Project Designer; Ryan Sarb, Controller; Tony Gaby, Systems Administrator; Amanda Domalewski, Office Manager; Diane Sopczynski, Senior Accountant; Jackie Green, VP-Property Management; Shasta Kreighbaum, Residential Senior Property Manager; Nancy Stump, Property Accountant; Todd Topolski, Senior Accountant; and Paul Phair.

The South Bend drive saw 22 donors participate and has the potential to enrich more than 60 lives.

October 19, 2020

(Portage, IN) The Portage and LaGrange Holladay offices teamed up with the American Red Cross on Monday, October 19 for a blood drive. The drive was coordinated by Amanda Watson, Marketing Director, and took place from 10 AM to 4 PM CST at 6625 Daniel Burnham Drive, Suite C, Portage, IN 46368. Due to Red Cross COVID-19 safety regulations, donors were asked to check-in at a table that was manned by three different Holladay volunteers during the day, before they could head to the bloodmobile to donate.

The Portage drive surpassed its goal and had 24 people register, including 9 first time donors, and collected 20 pints of blood, which will be used to enrich 60 lives.

September 16, 2020

(Portage, IN) On a beautiful Wednesday morning in Portage, IN, seven Holladay volunteers arrived at the Prairie Duneland Trail tunnel located at Willowcreek Road to give the tunnel a fresh paint job for the Portage Parks and Recreation Department. The volunteers included Mike Micka, Lydia Amado, Scott Trueblood, Nick Sebert, Laura Small, Jessica Vargas, and Michelle Mosier who spent four hours painting the expansive tunnel, which had been sprayed with graffiti. The Portage office arranged this volunteer project to take the place of the Porter County United Way's Day of Caring, which usually takes place in August each year, but was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. The team worked with the Portage Parks and Recreation Department to plan this project, which was a Parks Department initiative that Holladay was happy to complete. 

July 28, 2020

(Downers Grove, IL) The Management Team at the Burlington Station luxury multi-family residential community hosted its Second Annual Blood Drive on July 28. Cara Pagels coordinated the event for the property, which succeeded in meeting its goal of 24 donors. Every blood donation can save three lives, so these 24 donors have the potential to impact 72 lives! 

July 1, 2020

(Nashville, TN) - Our Nashville team hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive at its Donelson Plaza office on July 1, which had 21 donors. The Red Cross collected 18 units during the event, which represents 54 potential lives saved. 

June 24, 2020

(Portage, IN) - In celebration of the reopening of El Salto and Big Time Burgers & Brew after the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a way to support local tenants and community partners, the Portage office offered each of its associates vouchers to use at the restaurants on Wednesday, June 24. The voucher initiative was inspired by a program offered by MonoSol and was designed to support local businesses, as well as thank the associates for their great work during the crisis and their continued efforts to make Holladay a great place to work.

June 2020

(Castleton, IN) - On January 9, 2020, the WoodSpring Suites hotel in Castleton, IN opened as the 400th Choice Hotels property. A Grand Opening celebration had been planned for March 26, but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was postponed. Holladay had teamed up with the property's management company, J & P Asset Management, to support a local community organization, Gigi's Playhouse in a fundraiser that was supposed to have taken place during the Grand Opening. Even though the event was canceled, Holladay and J & P Asset Management donated their pledged total of $2,000 Gigi's Playhouse, a group dedicated to providing support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

May 29, 2020

(Manassas, VA) - Austin Haynes, SVP-Development (Eastern Region) teamed up with the City of Manassas, Virginia to deliver a video message about how Holladay is adapting its construction processes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the video, Austin speaks about Holladay's Tru by Hilton hotel development at the corner of Gateway Drive and Phair Way in Manassas. Watch the video...

May 26, 2020

(Ashland, VA) - Austin Haynes, SVP-Development (Eastern Region) received a commemorative plaque from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington this month recognizing the celebration of Austin Haynes Day. Learn how the celebration of Austin Haynes Day started in this 2019 article: Newest 'Great Big Kids' crowned on April 26.

March 6, 2020

(Portage, IN) - On Friday March 6, 10 Holladay associates dressed in their finest prom-wear to attend the Junior Achievement of  Chicago/Northwest Indiana Fourth Annual Prom Gala at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, IN. The attendees included Jessica Vargas, Project Architect (Portage, IN), a Board Member of Junior Achievement of Chicago/NWI Division, and Drew Mitchell, VP-Development (LaGrange, IL), a Board Member of Junior Achievement of Chicago. Holladay was a Pep Rally Sponsor of the event and was recognized as an Outstanding Corporate Champion for the firm's continued support of JA. In addition, Drew Mitchell was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

February 28, 2020

(Portage,IN) - On Friday, February 28, Holladay volunteers visited Portage High School to participate in the Junior Achievement of Chicago Northwest Indiana Division (JA NWI) Inspire Career Day. Holladay volunteers participated as exhibitors at the Career Fair and classroom presenters for the JA Soft Skills program. Presenters spend the time with a classroom of approximately 23 students, helping the students build soft skills that make people employable, such as teamwork, time management, and communication skills. Career Fair exhibitors saw two groups of 600 students pass through, and helped the students learn about different careers and the skills needed to be a successful employee. Read the full story from GreatNews.Life...

February 7, 2020

On Friday, February 7, several Holladay offices joined the fight against heart disease in women by participating in the American Heart Associations' National Wear Red Day, a simple but powerful way to raise awareness for this important issue. Launched in 2004, Go Red for Women is a global initiative to end heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and it kills more women than all other forms of cancer combined. The Go Red for Women movement is dedicated to removing barriers to health and well-being that women face. 

February 6, 2020

On February 6, five employees from Holladay’s Nashville corporate office participated in Junior Achievement’s JA Our Families, a one-day program held in the classrooms of first-graders. JA Our Families is an interdisciplinary program that supports the attainment of academic standards in entrepreneurship, with a secondary focus on social studies, business, economics, ethics, reading, writing, and mathematics.

The Holladay volunteers delivered the hands-on classroom activities as designed by JA through a kit-based program that included five 30-minute sessions. The team taught in pairs: Tiffany Coursey, SVP-Human Resources, with a volunteer from another company; Marcy Coffman, Executive Assistant/Office Manager, with Sarah Rexrode, AR Specialist; and Grace Ledbetter, Controller-Development, with Ben Dance, Architect.

Following participation in the JA Our Families program, some of the abilities students will have include describing similarities/differences in families, understanding that families must earn money to pay for wants/needs, and identifying goods/services provided by local businesses.

JA USA is committed to developing and implementing programs designed to help students acquire the knowledge and economic reasoning skills to make sound financial decisions. In the 2018/2019 cycle, JA of Middle Tennessee impacted 36,755 students in 1,687 classrooms, with 1,401 educators and 2,768 volunteers, for 328,645 contact hours.

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