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Champion size donation from Valspar Championship Copperhead Charities!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A large check, quite literally, was presented to Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton this morning by Valspar Championship Tournament Director Tracy West and SunTrust Mortgage Vice President Mark Fitzpatrick. The $50,000 contribution, presented on behalf of Valspar Championship Copperhead Charities, will be used to fund construction and maintenance of a neighborhood youth park to be built in early 2015 in our Stevens Creek development in Clearwater.

Also on hand for the check presentation were Habitat Pinellas Board Chair Julie Klavans and board member Joe Faw, as well as Christine Sabo, VP and Chief Development Officer for Habitat Pinellas. Tracy West is also a member of our board.

Many thanks to Valspar Championship Copperhead Charities for its support of the Habitat for Humanity mission!

PHOTO: From left, Joe Faw, Julie Klavans, Mike Sutton, Mark Fitzpatrick, Tracy West and Christine Sabo.

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Habitat Pinellas earns 8th straight Charity Navigator 4-star rating!

Monday, October 20, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:       
Robin Macar, VP Communications Director     
727-536-4755, ext. 204

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Habitat Pinellas Recognized as Outstanding Steward of Donor Dollars for 8th Straight Year
Only 1% of charities rated by Charity Navigator have received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings

CLEARWATER, FL – October 20, 2014 – For the eighth consecutive year, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has earned a four-star rating, the highest award for adherence to good governance and fiscal responsibility by Charity Navigator, the country's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating is given to nonprofits that practice exceptional fiscal management, good governance, and commitment to accountability and transparency in fulfilling their mission.

In his letter to Habitat Pinellas, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO Ken Berger noted, “Only one percent of the charities we rate have received at least eight consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.” 

“People can give to Habitat Pinellas with confidence that we are using funds in the best, most effective way possible,” said Mike Sutton, Habitat Pinellas Chief Executive Officer. “Out of every dollar donated to Habitat Pinellas, 94.7 cents is spent on direct program expenses that help us advance our mission. Our donations are building homes and creating opportunities in Pinellas County for low income families and individuals in need of decent, affordable homes.”
 
Charity Navigator works to help charitable donors make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.

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The home built by Blueprint ArtScape dedicated for the Toribio family!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

See more pics in our Picasa album!

Flanked by her dad and her young son, Daniela Toribio received the key to her new home from Habitat Pinellas board member Vicki Tylman on October 7th. Vicki was also a committee member of our Blueprint ArtScape gala last spring, which raised the funds to sponsor the Toribio family home.

A special thank you to all who participated in the dedication including Juneau Colleur of ValpakLaurie Hosking, Dave Gerald and Laura Ice of Anona United Methodist Church, and Robert Reeves (our former Homeowner Services VP!)  We also are appreciative of all the volunteers who helped build this home!

Many thanks to all of our BLUEPRINT sponsors and event supporters, as well as all the local designers and artists, and volunteers who contributed their time, talent and treasure. Their outstanding support of this annual fundraising event has translated into a home for the Toribio family!

We invite you to support our 2015 gala, BLUEPRINT AFRIKA, which will be held on February 21st at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront!
 

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Habitat Pinellas’ first “Girl PowerHouse” officially opens its build site for volunteers!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Before sunrise last Friday as a Bay News 9 satellite van idled nearby, three Habitat Pinellas construction site staff members were already setting out pink and flowered hard hats awaiting  the arrival of the first crew of volunteers at the Girl PowerHouse build site.

By 8 a.m., 20 women volunteers had those hard hats on and were anxious to get started on the home that they and over 200 more women will be building for the Mack family over the next 8-10 weeks. Site supervisor Kristy Thum greeted the group and introduced them to the home's future owner, Altamease Mack.  She also gave them instructions and and their hammers.  And almost instantly, the site became a behive of activity with women on ladders with hammers, and others moving trusses. The task for this first day on the site? "Power" lifting the roof trusses into place!

Bobby Lewis from Channel 10 News captured some great moments of our volunteers raising the roof that morning! Check out the video segment!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: Stay up on how the PowerHouse is progressing by "liking" our Girl PowerHouse Facebook page! We'll be posting photos regularly throughout the build and also the dedication, which will be in early December.

SQUARE FOOT DONATIONS:  While our volunteer rosters are full for this build, you can still help us build the Girl PowerHouse with a $50 “square foot” contribution!  Contribute online now!

The Girl PowerHouse is sponsored by the Habitat Pinellas "Hammers & Heels" women's giving circle.

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Revving up for the start of our “Girl PowerHouse” build on Friday!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday night, which cooincidentally was World Habitat Day, we had a full house of women who joined us in the lobby of our ReStore for our "Girl PowerHouse KickOff Party" as we start to rev up for the "all-girl" build that starts this Friday morning!

Well over a hundred women volunteers came by to pick up their goodie bags, tshirts and to toast the upcoming Girl PowerHouse with a glass of wine and some very tasty hors d'oeurvres. And  best of all, they got to meet Altamease Mack and her daughter who we are building the PowerHouse for!  They also got to meet two of the three site supervisors who will be guiding the all-girl construction volunteers, Kristy Thum, Sarah Arnold and the lovely "RJ!" And we must say, RJ was quite the hit of the party!

THANK YOU!
Thank you to our KickOff Party event sponsor, Engels & Volkers and On Q Financial!  Many thanks also go to our Girl PowerHouse t-shirt sponsor, Nielsen, and sports bottle gift sponsor, D-Mar Construction and Development, and Chef Chouinard of Chouinard's Cuisine! We also are grateful for the help of our enthusiastic PowerHouse committee, Loraine Chulla, Linda Higgins and Lynda Jollay! And last, but not least, we thank all the volunteers participating on the Girl PowerHouse and to all the women who contributed to our Hammers & Heels giving circle, the home's sponsor.

We can't wait to get the real party started on Friday when our first all-girl crew starts working on the PowerHouse site!

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