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St. Augustine Distillery supports Habitat for Humanity oSt. Johns County Bookmark

The team of the St. Augustine Distillery was represented by Matt Stevens, general manager, St. Augustine Distillery, fourth from left,  at this recent home dedication. Also pictured are, from left to right,  Mark Nighbor, Board Secretary, Shayla Adcock, Potential Homeowner, Malinda Everson, Executive Director,  Stevens, and Alex Mansur, Board Member.  

At a recent dedication of Habitat for Humanity’s 138th home, the St. Augustine Distillery presented a sponsorship check in the amount of $67,250 for the Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County.   This donation qualifies as a sponsor donation through the Community Contributions Tax Credit Program (CCTCP).  As part of this program, the St. Augustine Distillery employees also donated over 200 hours constructing the home.    Habitat homes constructed in St. Johns County, and in the State of Florida, qualify under CCTCP and can offer corporations a one-for-one return on investment in the form of tax credits that can be applied against Florida corporate income tax, insurance premium tax or as a refund against Florida sales tax (for businesses registered to collect and remit sales taxes). Under the program, the tax incentive often ends up equivalent to the full amount of the home sponsorship donation.   While Habitat utilizes grants and other funding sources, the main source of sustainable funding comes from the community, both individuals and businesses.

The hope is that more businesses like the St. Augustine Distillery will step up and partner with us so we can continue to meet the rising need for affordable housing in St. Johns” stated Executive Director, Malinda Everson.

The 138th home constructed by Habitat volunteers was built in West St. Augustine for the Adcock family, a single mother and her son. Ms. Adcock works several jobs, including driving a bus for St. Johns County Schools.  The Adcock family is one of many families struggling to afford housing in St. Johns County.  

The St. Augustine Distillery is housed in the historic FP&L Ice Plant, which dates back to 1907. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 2011, the St. Augustine Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rum, gin and vodka on-site. The Distillery is a contributing building to the Historic Lincolnville Neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Noted as one of the most visited craft distillery in the USA, the company has hosted over 500,000 visitors since opening in March of 2014 and their bourbon was recently named “Florida Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate. St. Augustine Distillery has also garnered more than 50 awards for its broad range of ultra-premium spirits. To learn more about St. Augustine Distillery, visit www.staugustinedistillery.com. To take a virtual tour, visit https://goo.gl/ujjASn.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County, is celebrating 25 years of building homes for low income families in St. Johns County and is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International that originated in Americus Georgia in 1976.  To date, Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County has built 138 houses for families in need.  To qualify for homeownership, applicants must demonstrate need, ability to pay, willingness to partner and have worked or lived St. Johns County for at least one year.  Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County  broke ground in May, 2018 for its new 18-unit development, Canopy Oaks. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County, visit here



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