King Oaks Community Donates Autographed Johnny Manziel Helmet to Support Wounded Veteran

Online Fundraiser for Heisman souvenir Contributes to Mortgage-Free Home for U.S. Wounded Veteran Sgt. Monte Bernardo

Feb 14, 2013, 12:39 ET from SouthStar Communities

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- King Oaks, Bryan-College Station's premier, master-planned community, has partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME and the Aggieland community to honor Sergeant Monte Bernardo of the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army with a one-acre home site and a mortgage-free, custom home in the King Oaks community. In addition to donating the land on which the home will be built, King Oaks is sponsoring the online giveaway of an autographed Johnny Manziel helmet to raise money to furnish and decorate the home for Sgt. Bernardo and his family.


While serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Bernardo was critically injured by an IED blast on July 4, 2012. The injuries he sustained resulted in the loss of three of his limbs, including both legs, which were amputated above the knees, and his left hand. Bernardo was awarded a Purple Heart and recognized for his service with several military commendations.

The fundraiser, which ends May 8, 2013, is a tiered-donation sweepstakes. Participants are entered to win the Texas A&M football helmet, which is signed by 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, when they submit an online donation to help build a mortgage-free custom home for Sgt. Monte Bernardo. The level of donation determines the number of entries into the sweepstakes, and is broken down as follows:

  • $10 donation garners one entry into the giveaway
  • $25 donation garners three entries into the giveaway
  • $100 donation garners 15 entries into the giveaway
  • $500 donation garners 100 entries into the giveaway
  • $1,000 donation garners 250 entries into the giveaway

Those interested in entering the sweepstakes can submit a donation through the King Oaks Facebook page at

About King Oaks
King Oaks is Bryan-College Station's premier master-planned community offering the very essence of a peaceful wooded lifestyle combined with college town excitement. The community has premium 1-3 acre land for sale. Buyers can select heavily wooded, scenic pond side, and tranquil greenbelt home sites. Residents can escape to a wooded sanctuary hidden among a majestic forest of beautiful hardwoods. The unique character and charm of each home site is a gracious complement to the stunning custom homes. Boasting a multitude of elevations and natural amenities, King Oaks is the ideal community for those looking for a natural and luxurious lifestyle. For more information on King Oaks, visit Connect with us on Facebook at

About Operation FINALLY HOME
Operation FINALLY HOME is an award winning charity created by Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops. Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a non-partisan/non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Operation FINALLY HOME'S mission is to provide custom made, mortgage free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen in an effort to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities. Operation FINALLY HOME partners with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help severely wounded heroes and their families' transition from the battlefront to the home front and help them succeed in their challenging new world so they may ultimately enjoy a productive and rewarding life.

About SouthStar Communities
SouthStar Communities is a residential real estate development company based in Dallas, Texas, with master-planned properties throughout the South. The company is affiliated with SouthStar Development Partners, and led by CEO J. Larry Rutherford, who has worked in all areas of the real estate industry for nearly four decades. Since 1999, SouthStar has developed 20 communities throughout Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The firm's primary activities include the analysis, financing, acquisition, planning and marketing of real estate for both residential and commercial uses. For more information, visit

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