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Gary Sinise Foundation Partners with Carrington to Build Smart Homes for Wounded Veterans

Carrington puts its single-family residential expertise to work to support the R.I.S.E. program to improve the lives of America's heroes.

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF) is pleased to announce today that it has formed a partnership with The Carrington Companies (Carrington) to provide donations and operational support for GSF's R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program. As part of the program, GSF is building Smart Homes for America's most severely wounded service members and their families.

LEFT: Bruce Rose, Carrington Holding Company CEO - CENTER: John Masson, Gary Sinise Foundation Ambassador, Wounded Veteran, 'Smart Home' Recipient - RIGHT: Gary Sinise, Actor, Humanitarian, Founder of Gary Sinise Foundation

"The Carrington Companies is the perfect partner to help the Gary Sinise Foundation build our Smart Homes and I'm very grateful for their support," said Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. "Each project is a tremendous undertaking involving custom construction and cutting edge technologies tailored to the needs of these wounded service members and with the excellent Carrington team, we'll continue to restore independence and improve the lives of these American heroes and their families."

Carrington's non-profit organization, Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF), will be supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation and the R.I.S.E. program through its various fundraising endeavors, including its flagship event, the Annual Golf Classic, held at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California on October 6, 2014. Along with benefitting the Veterans Airlift Command, CCF's event will raise funds for GSF's custom home projects. For more information visit: www.carringtoncf.org/golf.

In addition to fundraising support from CCF, Carrington will be donating the expertise of its real estate development group, Carrington Development Company, LLC (CDC) and real estate services group, Carrington Home Solutions, L.P. (CHS). CDC will be managing all aspects of the custom, Smart Home development, including land selection and purchasing, design management, permitting and approval, construction management, home automation, budgeting and reporting, and the coordination of the many material donations from vendors.

CHS will be providing renovation services on properties donated from major financial institutions that are then sold upon completion of the renovations. Funds from the sales are donated to the construction of Veteran's homes.

"We are honored to have the privilege of working with the Gary Sinise Foundation to support this important program," said Carrington Holding Company CEO Bruce Rose. "The Carrington Companies will bring forth all of our capabilities in securing and developing these custom homes for our country's veterans. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to America's service members, and are thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause."

About Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation:
Actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise has been actively supporting the troops for over thirty years.  Among his numerous film and television roles, it was his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump, which formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community. In 2003, Sinise formed the "Lt. Dan Band" and began entertaining troops serving at home and abroad. Performing pop hits to classic rock staples, the 12 member cover band has played for over half-a-million troops and their families. His endless work on behalf of those who've served has earned Sinise many distinguished awards including The Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Medal of Honor Society, the Spirit of the USO Award, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense, and most recently the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association. In 2008 he was given the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation, only the third actor ever to receive this honor. He was named an Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the United States Navy and an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corp. 

Gary Sinise Foundation honors its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. These include its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment), whose flagship initiative is a custom Smart Home building project for severely wounded veterans. Each home is customized to ease daily challenges and help restore independence with features like retractable cook tops, cabinets and shelving, elevators and more, all accessible via an iPad. Both through its own efforts and through its Building for America's Bravest partner program, Gary Sinise Foundation is constructing these one-of-a-kind homes all across the country, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers and family. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Serving Heroes and Arts & Entertainment Outreach. Over the years, the Foundation has formed numerous corporate partnerships including, the Carrington Companies, who donate and provide real estate development and construction management services to build the R.I.S.E. program's Smart Homes, and GE whose Get Skills to Work program helps veterans translate military skills into advanced manufacturing jobs while empowering employers with tools to recruit, onboard and mentor veterans.  For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org 

The Gary Sinise Foundation (Federal Tax ID 80-0587086) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27963.  For more information, please visit www.garysinisefoundation.org

About Carrington Charitable Foundation:
Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit organization of The Carrington Companies. Comprised of Carrington leaders and employees (collectively known as our "Associates"), CCF seeks to promote giving back to the community through causes that reflect the interests of Carrington Associates. CCF has a passion for assisting our nation's heroes who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom. We are proud to support the Gary Sinise Foundation's R.I.S.E Program through our Annual Carrington Charitable Foundation Golf Classic, as well as through other specific fundraising efforts, and assist the mission to construct custom homes for our nation's most severely wounded. The Carrington Charitable Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation chartered under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c)(3) [California Tax ID 27-2073758]. Read more about our mission at: http://carringtoncf.org.

About Carrington Development Company, LLC:
Carrington Development Company, LLC (CDC) provides services related to all aspects of the residential real estate development life-cycle from project initiation through closing.  Services include land evaluation and selection, feasibility, market and financial analysis, architectural design management, entitlement and permitting management, project budgeting and scheduling as well as construction management. Working in conjunction with the Carrington family of real estate related companies, CDC is able to offer a turnkey solution for purchasing, developing and managing our client's residential real estate projects.

About Carrington Home Solutions, L.P.:
Carrington Home Solutions, L.P. (CHS) offers a full range of inspection, property preservation, maintenance and repair services to lenders, servicers and asset managers, as well as institutional clients, private real estate investors and real estate agents. Our experienced professionals provide prompt, responsive, reliable, quality services that preserve and enhance property values to turn listings into sales and/or rentals. To learn more about Carrington Home Solutions, visit www.carringtonhomesolutions.com.

About The Carrington Companies:
The Carrington Companies is the parent of Carrington Holding Company, LLC (CHC), which owns and operates multiple businesses that cover virtually every aspect of single family residential real estate transactions – investments in U.S. real estate and mortgage markets, loan origination and servicing, asset management and property preservation, real estate sales and rental, title and escrow services. Some of CHC's affiliate companies include Carrington Real Estate Services, LLC, Carrington Capital Management, LLC, Carrington Investment Services, LLC, Carrington Development Company, LLC, Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC, Carrington Property Services, LLC, Carrington Home Solutions, L.P., Carrington Escrow, Inc., Carrington Title Services, LLC and Carrington Technology Solutions, LLC. Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC is an equal housing opportunity lender. To learn more about Carrington Holding Company, visit our website at www.carringtonhc.com.

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