Meg James - Monday, June 26, 2017

From: Coastal Signature Homes
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June 26, 2017


BLUFFTON, S.C. - The Coastal Signature Homes team recently organized a fundraiser in support of a local family welcoming their child born with Spina Bifida. With the help of the Bluffton community, the event raised over $11,000 for the Calderon family and their new baby, Ellis, to help with ongoing expenses.
Employees of the local custom homebuilder wanted to lend a helping hand when they learned that Luis Calderon, an employee of Stromer Plumbing - one of the builder’s most trusted and valued trade partners - was facing a challenging personal difficulty.
“Luis always shows up, does his work with a smile on his face, helps us find solutions and is a positive force on our job sites,” explained Leah England, Director of Client Engagement at CSH. “I was completely surprised to learn that Luis and his family were going through such a difficult time because he never showed it and never complained.”

Luis and his wife Mercedes were expecting their fourth child, a son they decided to name Ellis. However, they had received the devastating diagnosis of Spina Bifida. Because one of their older children, Bella, also suffers from the condition, the Calderons knew all too well the uphill battle in front of their unborn son, as well as the financial difficulties the family would endure from the necessary costly treatments.
Spina bifida is a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord that can result in many physical and neurological problems.

The family made the decision to move forward with an innovative in-utero surgical procedure that could lessen the effects of the disease. However, the treatment required Mercedes to be away from their young family for 3 months thus putting the burden of daily family management on Luis.
“I wasn’t sure how much we could help,” explained England. “But I knew we had a model home that could serve as a beautiful venue for a benefit.”

England said she also knew that CSH could count on the company’s wonderful past and present client base to come together for this very deserving family.

“When the team approached me about hosting a benefit event in support of the Calderons, I was in total support,” said Steve Tilton, Coastal Signature Homes owner and Principal. “I’ve always said we are a family here at Coastal Signature. Organizing a fund-raiser for one of our own and tapping into the various talents of my team to make it happen was an authentic demonstration of that core value.”

Attendees of the fundraising event enjoyed BBQ, music, dancing, lawn games and even snuggled with the baby of honor, newborn Ellis. Thanks to the participation of several local companies who reduced their rates for goods and services, support of the event through social media, and the addition of a silent auction, Coastal Signature Homes was able to sell 250 tickets and raise $11,550 for baby Ellis and his family.
When asked about their experience with Coastal Signature Homes’ event benefiting their family, Mercedes Calderon explained that she took it as an opportunity to discuss her faith, and that God’s blessings can sometimes come when you least expect and from surprising sources.
“No matter what obstacles you may be going through,” said Mercedes Calderon “by believing and trusting in God through your situation, you can get through anything and everything. We feel so blessed that CSH would think of us and go to the trouble to put on a benefit for us. It has opened our eyes in a different way. The amount of support that the community gave blew us away. It has truly blessed us,” said Calderon.

To donate to the Calderon Family to aid in the ongoing costs of Spina Bifida treatments for their children, Isabella and Ellis Calderon, visit:

Coastal Signature Homes would like to thank: David and Joanna Sweet, Hampton Lake, Downtown Deli, The Chiggers, Stromer Plumbing, Grayco, Pace Lighting, Callawassie Island, Ferguson, Lux Medical Spa, Teak and Table and Bluffton School of Dance.

About Coastal Signature Homes   
Coastal Signature Homes of Bluffton is a company of strong roots in the building industry with homes located in many communities throughout the Lowcountry. CSH is a member of the Hilton Head Homebuilders Association and recipients of multiple HBA Lighthouse Awards. They partner with GuildQuality, the leading provider of customer satisfaction surveying and performance reporting for the residential construction industry. It ensures their Coastal Signature Homes customers receive the highest standard approaches to the building process. For more information contact Coastal Signature Homes at 843-757-8889 or visit

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