Instead of volunteers with hammers, we're quite lucky to have 20 extra talented "volunteers" with paintbrushes contributing to our "Master Seats" auction at our BLUEPRINT ArtScape gala on March 15th!
Artists from our community have transformed wooden chairs from our Habitat ReStore into works of art for our "Master Seats" silent auction at BLUEPRINT. Each chair has is delightfully different and created exclusively for our silent auction. Thank you to all the amazing professional artists who have donated their time and talent to our gala to help us raise money for our Habitat program.
Participating artists include: Mark Aeling, Beverly Barris, Patricia Chase, Creative Clay, Sarah Dees, Laura Fage, Wayne Graville, Carrie Jadus, Terry Klaaren, Vanessa LeVesque, Anita Long, Robin Macar, Kristin Northrup, Marcia Sudduth, Laurie Weiss, NeNe Peters, Blaine Whitford, Suntan Arts Center, Carolyn Kinder, Sebastian Coolidge, and Emily Miller.
March 15, 2014
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
Individual tickets $150 / Sponsorships include "designer" tables!
Sponsorships are still available! If you are interested in becoming a BLUEPRINT: ArtScape sponsor, please contact Chris Sabo.
RSVP by March 7th! PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
We hope you'll "plan" to be there!
Amidst a crowd of about a hundred well-wishers, Freda Dixon and her daughter received the key to their new home on Sunday, February 23rd. The home, part of our amazing "Blitz Build" event, was built in just 7 days thanks to the help of nearly 300 community volunteers! And homeowner Freda was out every day of that seven day period building side by side with all the volunteers!
Joining in the festivities, was Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, who presented the family with a flag for their home and welcomed the family to the city. The Mayor also commended all the home's volunteers for their sense of community and caring for others.
The Dixon home was sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, which has sponsored several Blitz homes in recent years and eight Habitat homes in total. Brian West, Community Relations Manager for Publix, presented Freda with her house key. Presenting the symbolic volunteer hammer was Pat McCarthy, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard team that spent Wednesday afternoon - Day 4 of the Blitz - volunteering on the build site, Other dedication participants included Jennifer Baird of Valpak and David Gerald presenting a welcome basket on behalf of Anona United Methodist Church. Portia Ponds of Faith, Hope and Love Church of God in Dunedin blessed the home.
A great big BLITZ THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped us build this home in only 7 days! You are all amazing! And special thanks to Publix Super Markets Charities, Lokey Automotive Group (sponsor of the Hubbard-Lapos home that was a 3/4 build in the event), and our presenting sponsor, HSN Cares!
Welcome home to the Dixons!
PHOTOS: Above, Chris Gibbs of Publix, Mayor Cretekos, Paul Waters of Publix, Ron Spoor of Habitat Pinellas, and Dennis Vela and Ian Eddy of Publix join Freda and her daughter for a photo. Below, Freda expresses her appreciation.Comments
Mission accomplished! We built the BLITZ BUILD home -- the Dixon family home -- with the help of nearly 300 AMAZING volunteers in just 7 days! Freda Dixon, who was on the build site every day working alongside the volunteers, is excited because she will be getting the key to her newly built home on Sunday afternoon, technically "Day 8" of the Blitz Build!
We invite all Blitz Build volunteers and Habitat Pinellas supporters to join us for the home dedication and a barbecue picnic immediately following:
Dixon Family Home Dedication
Sunday, February 23, 2014
1 - 2 PM
Special guest of honor, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos
Barbecue Picnic immediately following at the hospitality tent
1884 N. Betty Lane, Clearwater (directions) Parking near the tent
Special thanks to all the Blitz volunteers, the Dixon home sponsor, Publix Super Markets Charities, and our Blitz presenting sponsor, HSN Cares!
We hope to see you at the dedication!Comments
Olga Botero and her two children were thrilled to receive the key to their new home in Habitat's Stevens Creek subdivision last week. The late afternoon home dedication brought out many well-wishers and Habitat supporters, including Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, who treated the crowd to a demonstration on how to fold the American flag!
Many thanks to the Botero family home sponsors, Jeff and Judy Mitchell. Longtime supporters of Habitat Pinellas, the couple presented the key to Olga and shared the joy of the moment when the family first entered their new home.
Special thanks also go to dedication participants, including Juneau Colleur of Valpak, Tori McGee of Duke Energy, and loyal volunteer Angie Tran who presented the family with a symbolic hammer.
This Botero home marks Habitat Pinellas' 291st home built in Pinellas County.Comments
CLEARWATER, FL – Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County will spotlight its community volunteer program, which it considers to be “the heartbeat of Habitat,” when over 300 volunteers turn out to help the nonprofit build a home for a low income family in just seven days during its annual Blitz Build event, February 14 – 16 and February 19 – 22 in Clearwater. This year’s event, presented by HSN Cares, the philanthropic arm of HSN, will take place at two build sites in Habitat’s Stevens Creek subdivision at 1884 N. Betty Lane, in Clearwater. The featured Blitz Build home, sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, is being built for the Dixon family. A second home, which is being partially built during the event for the Hubbard-Lapos family, is sponsored by Lokey Automotive Group.
Blitz Build will start at 7:00 a.m. Friday, February 14th, and will conclude with the dedication of the Dixon family home on Sunday, February 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. Depending on the day, 30 to 80 volunteers each day will help Habitat Pinellas transform two concrete slabs and block walls into homes. From raising the roof on day one, to laying the sod on day seven, the Blitz Build volunteers will be challenged to have the Dixon home completed in time for its dedication on Sunday, February 23rd.
“Our Blitz Build event was conceived to celebrate Habitat for Humanity’s most treasured asset, our community volunteers,” said Ron Spoor, interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. “Last year alone, nearly 30,000 volunteer hours were logged on our build sites, involving thousands of volunteers who helped us build and rehab 29 homes.”
During the seven-day build period, volunteers will work one of two shifts daily: 7 a.m. – noon and noon to 6 p.m. In addition to fully completing the featured Blitz Build home during the seven-day period, volunteers will also help Habitat Pinellas build about 75 percent of the Hubbard-Lapos home. Due to medical circumstances, that home’s family members cannot participate in the Blitz Build, so a portion of the work on that home will be saved for the family to help complete later in the spring in compliance with the requirements of Habitat for Humanity’s program.
This marks the eighth Habitat Pinellas home that Publix Super Markets Charities has sponsored, and the sixth home that Lokey Automotive Group and Lokey Charities have sponsored. This year’s presenting sponsor, HSN Cares, has also sponsored three Habitat Pinellas homes in as many years and will be sponsoring a fourth later this spring.
In addition to a team of 11 service men and women from the U.S. Coast Guard, several corporate volunteer teams will participate throughout the seven-day event including: CarMax, Ed White Hospital, Franklin Templeton, HSN, Lokey Automotive Group, Publix Super Markets and Tampa Bay Times Forum. Other volunteer groups participating include: Anona United Methodist Church, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Because the event is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting Habitat Pinellas, volunteers pay a $25 participation fee. Blitz Build concludes on Sunday, February 23rd, with the home dedication ceremony at 1:00 p.m., immediately followed by a picnic for the volunteers and the homeowner families. Volunteers can register on the Habitat Pinellas website at www.habitatpinellas.org.
The Blitz Build construction sites are located in Stevens Creek, a proposed 51-unit subdivision being constructed by Habitat Pinellas on the former Homer Villas public housing site. Stevens Creek is located at 1884 North Betty Lane at the southwest corner of Sunset Point Road and North Betty Lane in Clearwater.
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About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 290 homes for struggling families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $22,500 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 250 to 350 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading in turn to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit www.HabitatPinellas.org.
About HSN, Inc.
HSN is a leading interactive entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 96 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website - hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 36 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI). Additionally, its philanthropic arm, HSN Cares is dedicated to empowering women and supporting families in times of need. Together with trusted organizations and volunteers, we are able to make a difference with hope, love and support. For more information on HSN and HSN Cares please visit HSN.com or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.