Check out our BLUEPRINT PICASA album to see pics of the gala and our guests!
This year's spectacular sold out event, held Feb. 21st at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, was a kaleidoscope of color thanks to the 14 talented designers who created amazing dining environments while competing for "Best of Blueprint" votes from our guests! Congrats to event designer Lynn McGhee of Concept Bait, this year's "Best of Blueprint" designer!
But most exciting of all, BLUEPRINT raised enough funds for us to make homeownership dreams come true for three families -- thanks to the generosity of our BLUEPRINT supporters! Many thanks to our presenting sponsor HCA West Florida Hospitals and all of our event sponsors, guests, designers, auction artists, planning committee and volunteers! And a very special thank you to all the wonderful Dunde Dole dancers and drummers for their delightful performances!
SPECIAL THANKS to these very special volunteers and in-kind sponsors!:
MASTER AND MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES
Roxanne Wilder, host of WTSP-TV "Studio 10"
Dave Reynolds, Visit Tampa Bay International Media Relations Director
Ginny Lomagno Cohen Mary-Ellen Howells Maryellen Johnson Maggie Knutsson
Dina Lomagno Leyla Tremaine Vicki Tylman Andrea Wilson Pam Yarbrough
Dining Environment DESIGNERS
BARBARA KRAI INTERIOR DESIGN | CENTRAL ODDITIES | CONCEPT BAIT
DECORATING DEN INTERIORS | DESIGN AND FENG SHUI BY RANIA
EVENT DESIGN | EXTRAVAGANZA! PRODUCTIONS
FUNKTIONHOUSE URBAN LUMBER & FURNISHINGS
in partnership with David Bewley & Peter Shepherd, the Aubrey Malcolm Collection
HSN | MOREAN ARTS CENTER | NEST | REFRESH DESIGNZ
ROB BOWEN DESIGN GROUP in partnership with T2TheS | WEST ELM
"ReStored MasterWorks" Auction ARTISTS:
Deanna Atkinson Sebastian Coolidge Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center
Sarah Dees Angela Delaplane Laura Fage Morris Johnson
Maryellen Johnson Terry Klaaren Dean Liston Becky Lloyd
Dina Lomagno Anita Long Robin Macar Amy Meek Jeff Monsein
Evan Thomas Neimann Kristin Northrup Juan-Pablo Parra
Vanessa Parra Pam Patton Cindy Tremaine Dustin Van Fleet Blaine Whitford
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
HSN honored as “Golden Hammer Corporate Partner of the Year”
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – February 27, 2015 – In recognition of its five-year partnership supporting Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s affordable homeownership program, HSN was honored as “Corporate Partner of the Year” during the nonprofit’s second annual Blueprint gala, February 21st, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi, and Bill Brand, president of HSN, accepted the “Golden Hammer” award from Habitat Pinellas board chair Julie Klavans and CEO Mike Sutton and, on behalf of 2014 recipient Raymond James, Bill Van Law, president, Raymond James Investment Advisors Division.
Through its philanthropic arm, HSN Cares, HSN has sponsored six homes, including a home that will begin construction in Pinellas Park this spring for the Pierce family. Since early 2011, HSN Cares has contributed over 2,000 volunteer hours and $400,000 to Habitat Pinellas, making the dream of homeownership a reality for low-income families in Pinellas County. Brand developed HSN Cares to empower women and support families in need at a local, national and global level and to encourage HSN’s employees to embrace the community and make positive impacts on those they encounter.
“I believe that the way to have a sustainable long term business is to have an incredible culture,” said Grossman. “And we truly have a culture of generosity at our company and our employees are passionate. Not just for what they do every day, but the impact that they can have. There are three words that really define that. They are passionate, they are purposeful, and they strive to have impact. It is an honor and a joy for everyone to be able to participate.”
In addition to home sponsorships and employee participation on the build sites, HSN has sponsored several Habitat Pinellas fundraising efforts including the Blueprint gala and the annual Blitz Build event and has consistently donated product to the Golfing Fore Habitat tournament and the Habitat Pinellas ReStore home improvement retail center.
“HSN has built an incredible culture of philanthropy and volunteerism within its organization that has benefited countless lives, not just locally, but globally,” said Sutton. “Here in our own community, we are grateful that Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has been a major beneficiary of HSN’s extraordinary generosity and employee commitment.”
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We are honored to have been chosen as the Judges' Choice recipient of the 2015 "Be More Encouraged" award at WEDU's 10th annual Be More Awards Luncheon, held February 12th at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa.
Our CEO, Mike Sutton, received the award from presenters Lissette Campos, ABC Action News' "Positively Tampa Bay" host and Jack Harris, WFLA-AM co-host. Several staff and board members were also present and joined Mike on stage for the official photo after the ceremony.
The WEDU Be More Awards were created to pay tribute to the many unsung heroes in the community served by WEDU – the area’s leading PBS station and public media company. Each year, this multifaceted program celebrates the human spirit and showcases the best work by nonprofit organizations, the individuals that support them – and WEDU. Learn more at www.wedu.org/bemore.
PHOTO: From left: Habitat volunteer Andrea Wilson, WFLA's Jack Harris, volunteer Linda Higgins, Development Manager Connor Davis, CEO Mike Sutton, event planner Laura Fage, ABC Action News' Lissette Campos, VP Communications Robin Macar, Director of Development Angie Croft, COO Ron Spoor, Development Coordinator Lisa Ferrer, Chief Development Officer Chris Sabo and board members Mary-Ellen Howells and Vicki Tylman.Comments
Been thinking of volunteering, but worried you don't have the skills or know-how to build a house? You might be interested to know that the majority of folks who come out to help us have no experience what-so-ever building anything!
Some have never even used a hammer!
Our construction staff is skilled at training novice builders and you'll be amazed at how quickly they will have a team of volunteers being productive and effective! So don't be shy. You CAN do it!
No experience is necessary to come out and help us out! We provide the tools and the hard hat -- all you need to bring is yourself, some gloves, closed toed shoes, and some sunscreen!
Visit our Volunteer pages for more info and Sign up online today!
Thanks for supporting our mission of making sure everyone has a decent place to live!Comments
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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