First Donation of the “Saunders Gives Back” Program Helps to Fund the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – LAKELAND, FL (January 28, 2014) –Launched in July of 2013, the Saunders Gives Back program was created to give ongoing financial support to the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) for their Foundation. Created by Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, of SVN | Saunders Real Estate (SVNSRE), in six months the program produced $2,445 in the last half of 2013 to help fund the FCA foundation.

The sizeable donation was generated from a transaction by registered FCA member, Dr. Bennett Flanders, DVM of LBF Ranch, LLC, who is on the board of directors of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association. His purchase of 800 +/- acres in Polk City, Florida was represented by Jimmie Allen of SVNSRE. Also a long-time FCA member and supporter, Allen has a strong link to the organization as past president of Polk County Cattlemen’s Association, as well as serving on the board of directors for ten years. Allen’s contribution to the total was half, $1,222.50 with the other half coming from Saunders.

Jim Strickland, Chairman of the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation expressed, “This is how grassroots cattle country philanthropy works in Florida. These folks have now started what should be a new page in youth education, preserving our heritage and funding needed research for the Ranchers of Florida.”

The SGB program is set up for FCA members to be able to participate in funding the FCA Foundation through property referrals to SVNSRE. Once sold and closed, 5 percent of the agency’s commission from the referring party’s transaction side is contributed to the FCA Foundation. The donations from this program help to sustain and preserve the heritage of Florida cattle ranchers. Florida’s cattle industry is one of the 15 largest in the United States, has been a strong supporter of Florida’s youth, and has worked diligently to give back to the communities they serve.

As a long-time Florida land real estate broker and member of FCA, Saunders has strong ties to the association and the rich tradition of Florida landowners, ranchers, cattlemen, and Florida conservation.

Continuing the program for 2014, FCA members can go to to register.


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