BRANDON, FL, February 27, 2018 – In keeping with their philanthropic belief of “making an impact and doing good for society,” Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County to construct affordable homes that will make a life-changing difference for two low-income families. Dr. Kiran Patel recently presented a $171,500 check to Habitat Hillsborough CEO Tina Swain on behalf of the Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation. The partnership is in conjunction with Wyndham Grand Hotel & Beach Resort, whose staff and supporters volunteered more than 400 hours building the Habitat for Humanity homes.
The two Habitat Hillsborough construction sites are in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa and in Brandon. The Brandon home, which was built for Sonya Pratt and her two sons, is completed and a dedication and key presentation ceremony is scheduled on Monday, March 5th at 1 p.m. The Pratt family home is part of a five-home neighborhood block known as Williams Glen. The homes are the first ever Habitat for Humanity homes built in Brandon, and the Pratt family home is the first of the five to be completed. The land for the Brandon homes was acquired through a Hillsborough County grant.
Dr. Kiran Patel will present the house key to the Pratt family during the dedication ceremony and also say a few words on behalf of his family’s foundation. Prior to purchasing their affordable mortgage, the Pratt family contributed 300 “sweat equity” hours on the Habitat build sites and completed 10 classes as required by the Habitat Hillsborough program.
“The Patel family’s love for our Tampa community is evident in their many philanthropic contributions that have long-term impact,” said Swain. “Habitat Hillsborough is especially honored to partner with the Drs. Kiran & Pallavi Patel Family Foundation to help hardworking local families become more stable and self-reliant through affordable shelter. The Patel investment today will endure for many years, even generations to come, as it helps strengthen these families to break the cycle of poverty and puts them on a path to a brighter future.”
About the Drs. Kiran & Pallavi Patel Family Foundation
Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel, founders of the Patel Family Foundation, are leaders in philanthropy not only in the Tampa Bay Area, but throughout the state of Florida. The Patel family Foundation has presented legacy creating contributions on three continents to multiple projects relating to health, education and the arts, which will have a resounding impact for generations to come.
Dr. Kiran Patel says their mission is to “impact the world by advancing the current state of healthcare through education” which is why they choose to contribute to responsible institutions such as the University of South Florida and Pepin Heart Research Institute. Most recently the Patel’s gifted Nova Southeastern University with $200 million to significantly expand its programs in osteopathic medicine and healthcare sciences in the Tampa Bay Area. The naming of NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, which break ground on March 7, 2018, will increase NSU’s graduating D.O. physicians from 230 to approximately 380 per year.
Cardiologist-turned-entrepreneur, Dr. Kiran Patel made his way into the hospitality and commercial real estate industry nearly 30 years ago. His diversified portfolio of real estate holding and developments now include hotels, high-end residential condominiums, office and medical buildings, and a number of undeveloped properties. 2017 saw the grand opening of the Wyndham Grand Hotel & Beach Resort, not only transforming the Clearwater Beach front, but bringing over 2,000 new jobs to the Tampa Bay area.
Dr. Pallavi Patel’s love of the arts and a community need for high quality arts education programs prompted the Patel’s to donate a significant gift to The Straz Center (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), helping to make The Patel Conservatory a possibility. Built in 2004, The Patel Conservatory is an accredited learning facility that provides classes in dance, theatre and music.