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The Tampa Bay Rays not only provided the funding for a Habitat for Humanity home in South St. Petersburg, the Rays staff also took ownership of the build by contributing more than 1,000 volunteer hours on the construction site. On Thursday, February 11, with team mascot Raymond at his side, Rays Manager Kevin Cash presented Lakeba Wallace and her daughter the key to their new home. Rays President Brian Auld and President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman also participated in the dedication and key presentation held late afternoon on February 11th.
The volunteer effort took place over a five-week period and involved 180 Rays staff members including Auld and Silverman, who worked shifts raising roof trusses and finishing interior walls, respectively. For Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, the Rays-sponsored home marks the first time in the nonprofit’s 30-year history that a corporate funding partner has also provided more than 90 percent of the manpower hours required to build its homes.
“Our mission is to energize our community through the magic of Rays baseball, and this project has been a remarkable testament to that,” Auld said. “I’m proud of the efforts of our staff members who worked alongside Lakeba and her family. We cannot be any more excited to hand over the keys.”
Land for the home was donated to Habitat Pinellas by Bank of America as part of a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International through which up to 2,000 vacant properties are donated by Bank of America. The local Bank of America property donation and Habitat Pinellas program provided an opportunity for homeownership that Wallace could afford with her modest income.
St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin welcomed the Wallace family to their new home, and Vito Sheeley, outreach director for U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor, presented a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol. Bank of America Tampa Bay Market President, Bill Goede, also participated in the ceremony.
Many thanks to all the Rays volunteers who helped us build the Wallace family home!Comments
They are new homeowners and they are also live down the street from each other! Congrats to the Kauffmann and Trueblood families whose homes were dedicated Saturday morning at our Stevens Creek neighborhood in Clearwater.
Many Habitat homeowners who live in the Stevens Creek neighborhood attended both home dedications. Mayor George Cretekos, City of Clearwater presented the Kauffmann family with the key to their new home, while longtime Habitat Pinellas staff member, Margaret Sullivan, presented the Trueblood family with the key to their home.
Each family received several gifts from dedication participants including: U.S. Congressman David Jolly, Valpak, Anona United Methodist Church, and Random Acts of Flowers. Thank you for providing welcome gifts for all of our home dedications!
The Trueblood home was built with contributions honoring our 30th anniversary of building for Pinellas families. We would like to thank everyone who gave in honor of our anniversary. We would also like to thank our contributing sponsor, the Chapman Family Foundation.
Building these two homes would not have been possible without the help and support of our volunteers - thank you for helping us build!
PHOTOS: Top - Longtime Habitat Pinellas staff member, Margaret Sullivan, presented the Trueblood family the key to their home. Bottom - Neighbor and fellow Habitat homeowner Iris Henry presented the Kauffmann family with a welcome mat.Comments
Help! We need 90 volunteers for a terrific Valspar Championship PGA opportunity March 10 - 13th!
Habitat is one of the chosen beneficiaries of the 2016 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor and we need YOUR help.
TENT VOLUNTEERS. March 10-13, join us as we manage the food and beverage tent on the 18th green. Volunteers must be 21 years or over and be able to stand for their entire shift. Each volunteer will receive one meal as well as free entry into the golf tournament for the day they volunteer.
CONCERT VOLUNTEERS. We're also looking for volunteers during the Rascal Flatts concert March 10 after the last golfer has finished. Volunteers will assist in receiving donations just before the concert begins. Once the concert begins, volunteers can attend for FREE!
To register, please CLICK HERE for our Special Events Volunteer Calendar.
Thank you to all who join us in this fun fundraiser for Habitat!!Comments
On January 8th, we began building a home for Lakeba Wallace sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rays. Every week since then we have had amazing volunteer participants from the Rays' staff.
Today, we had an all-star lineup out on our construction site including Tampa Bay Rays President for Baseball Operations Matt Silverman and several other Rays' staff members. They helped us finish and paint the walls.
This is the first Habitat home sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rays. We are excited to partner with their organization and are grateful that they have put over 1,000 volunteer hours into building the Wallace family home.
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Wallace Home Dedication
If you are interested in joining Habitat Pinellas and the Tampa Bay Rays for the Wallace family home dedication, please see below.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
4:00 - 5:00 PM, 4650 6th Ave S, St. Pete
Watch as Lakeba Wallace receives the key to her new home.
An oversized check symbolizing $336,821.88 in taxes paid in 2015 by Habitat for Humanity homeowners in Pinellas County was presented at the January 26th Board of County Commissioners meeting. The check was presented to Commission Chairman Charlie Justice by Habitat Pinellas board member Tamara Davis, CEO Mike Sutton and several Habitat staff members.
Both Sutton and Davis addressed the Board of Commissioners discussing the role Habitat for Humanity plays in stabilizing Pinellas families and the financial impact on the local tax base.
“It’s important to spread the word in our community that Habitat for Humanity is not a hand-out, it is a hand up,” said Davis, who is also a Habitat homeowner since 2011. “Habitat homeowner mortgage payments help Habitat continue to build so more families have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home. We are here today to share with the Commissioners that our 345 Habitat Pinellas homeowners contributed $336,821.88 toward the tax base in 2015,” said Davis.
Sutton explained that throughout Habitat Pinellas’ 30-year history the organization has depended on partnerships with the community, local businesses and government, which have enabled the nonprofit to build 345 homes to date.
“We plan to serve 200 more families in the next four years and will serve 45 new homeowners in this year alone,” said Sutton. “We are proud of our Habitat for Humanity homeowners and our program, which not only provides families the opportunity to raise their children in a stable home, but also allows them to give back to the community.”
Pinellas County Commission Board members present during the meeting included, Justice, Vice Chair Janet Long, Dave Eggers, Pat Gerard, John Morroni, Karen Williams Seel and Kenneth Welch.
PHOTO: Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County CEO Mike Sutton and board member Tamara Davis presented the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners a check symbolizing the $336, 821.88 in taxes paid by Habitat Pinellas homeowners in 2015. Front row from left: Habitat Director of Homeowner Services Candi Hagler, Habitat board members Mark Purtee, Michael Kilpatrick and Tamara Davis, Commission Chair Charlie Justice, Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton, Construction V.P. Ken Rush and CFO Sonya Hundley. Back row from left Commissioners Pat Gerard, John Morroni, Janet Long, Ken Welch, Karen Williams Seel and Dave Eggers.
PHOTO CREDIT: Pinellas County CommunicationsComments