Giuliani ‘Thanks’ Builders at IBS
Atlanta Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who has
achieved international prominence for his leadership efforts in the
wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, last month
thanked the nation’s home builders for their fund-raising and
recovery efforts since the attacks.
Speaking at the Grand Opening ceremonies for the 58th annual
International Builders Show (IBS) at the Georgia World Congress
Center here, Giuliani thanked home builders for helping victims of
the World Trade Center disaster by donating millions of dollars
through the Home Builders Care Victims’ Relief Fund.
“You should be proud of what you’ve done,” Giuliani said.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the
sponsor of the IBS, the Home Builders Care Victims’ Relief Fund has
distributed more than $4.1 million to charitable groups that
provide direct assistance to victims of the attacks. To date, more
than $9.5 million has been collected by the NAHB through its
philanthropic arm, the National Housing Endowment, association
Saluting the role that the nation’s home builders play in the
American way of life, Giuliani told a standing-room-only audience
of more than 15,000, “You are a very important part of why we have
freedom. The idea of owning your own homes comes out of the respect
for human rights that we have. When you are building a home, you
are building America.
“We are going to go ahead with our lives because we are people
who live in freedom,” he said. “American home builders can help us
a lot. Every single day you make America stronger for my children
Giuliani’s speech kicked off a trade show that featured exhibits
of over 1,000 suppliers of building products and services,
including many directly targeted at newly built and remodeled
kitchens and baths. Some 70,000 visitors attended the four-day
event, the Washington, DC-based NAHB said.