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Thank you to our sponsors and golfers who supported Golfing Fore Habitat 2014!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

See more pics in our PICASA album!

Many thanks to all of our Golfing Fore Habitat sponsors and golfers who helped make this year's tournament our most successful ever!

Our fourth annual event moved to Feather Sound Golf Course this year, a move that created enthusiasm for this year's tournament. Congratulations to the teams that took top honors:

1st Place Team:  Matt Frey, Colby Masterson, Ryan Mosely and Joe McCarthy

2nd Place Team:  Kerry Clapper, Greg Blue, Gary Hummel and Mike Shaver

3rd Place Team:  Tommy Sudderth, Pete Nelson, Chandler Perry and Dave Harper

Special thanks to our event sponsors including:

Marketing Sponsor:  Sporto
Breakfast Sponsor:  Synovus Bank
Putting Green Sponsors:  Sports Facilities Advisory, Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP
Driving Range Sponsors:  Hill Ward Henderson, ReMax/Jason Miller and Skip & Vicki Tylman
All-in-One Sponsors:  1-800-Got-Junk?, Bay to Bay Properties, D-Mar Construction, Grow Financial, Merrill Lynch, PDR CPAs, Positive Lifestyle, Safe Start, Sports Facilities Advisory, Walker Ford
Prize Sponsors:  Blume Mechanical Service, Safe Start, and Rhonda Shear

And many thanks to all of our silent auction donors, tee sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the success of our tournament!

We'll see you at next year's Golfing Fore Habitat!  Circle the date on your calendar and plan to be there on November 13, 2015!


 

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Lokey Automotive building its 6th Stevens Creek neighborhood home - 7th overall!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It all started almost four years ago when several Lokey Motors staff members volunteered to help us build a home in our newly established Stevens Creek neighborhood in Clearwater. Then, several of those employees including then CEO T.C. Staton came back to participate in the dedication of that home. The following spring the company upped the ante by sponsoring not one, not two, but three homes in Stevens Creek and the Lokey staff came out in droves to help build them!

The following year brought two more Lokey-sponsored homes, including one in Safety Harbor. And at the start of this year, Lokey sponsored one of our Blitz Build homes in Stevens Creek, and just recently began its sixth sponsored home in Stevens Creek and seventh overall!  Yay Lokey!

Thank you, Lokey!  The Lokey staff volunteers are second to none. We thank each and every one of them who have come out to help us build with enthusiasm and purpose. And a great big thank you to company president Paul Lokey for his commitment to helping struggling families and their children through Habitat's mission of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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With thanks and gratitude, Habitat Pinellas salutes our nation’s veterans.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On this day and every day, Habitat Pinellas honors the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who made the choice to serve our country. God bless all of our veterans, more than 48 million in our nation's history, for their courage and sacrifice, especially those who have been injured in the line of duty or have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country.

We invite veterans in our area to apply for our Habitat program, which can help them achieve their dream of homeownership and stable, secure housing for their families.
 
How to Apply for Habitat's Homeownership Program

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Lake family receives key to Habitat home from Wells Fargo

Monday, November 10, 2014

From funding and a property donation to volunteers to help build this home, Wells Fargo has been an integral part of the construction of the home we dedicated for the Lake family on Saturday!

During the dedication, an emotional and very happy Tyanda Lake received the key to her new home she has worked so hard for from Wells Fargo Area President Michael Harpole. Her young daughter also received some housewarming gifts from Machelle Maner, VP Community Development for Wells Fargo.

Other participants presenting gifts in the ceremony included Clearwater Councilmember Bill Jonson, Juneau Colluer of Valpak, Joe Triollo of Duke Energy, David Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, Laurie Hosking and Toni Little. Many thanks to all the participants from our Pinellas community who helped make this dedication even more special for Tyanda and her daughter.

Wells Fargo has been a wonderful partner with Habitat Pinellas for several years. Since 2006, Habitat Pinellas has received Wells Fargo grants totaling over $275,000 including a recent $15,000 grant, which was applied to the construction of the Lake family home.

In mid-September, two teams of Wells Fargo employees from the Pinellas area spent a couple days working hard on the site to help Habitat Pinellas build this home. Many thanks to the Wells Fargo volunteers and to every volunteer who helped build this home!

Thank you, Wells Fargo, for your support of the Habitat mission!

PHOTOS: Top, Michael Harpole, Tyanda and her daughter, and Machelle Maner. Check back soon for the Picasa album link to more photos from this dedication.

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Vote for Habitat Pinellas in WEDU’s “Be More Awards!”

Monday, November 3, 2014

We are thrilled to be a "Be More Humble" award nominee in WEDU's 10th annual "Be More Awards!"

Our award category, "Be More Humble," is one of several awards that involve a "people's choice" online poll based on votes from individuals in the WEDU PBS viewing area. We're asking our Habitat supporters to vote for us at least once, but please note that you can vote once daily between November 3rd and December 3rd!!

The "Be More Awards" were created to pay tribute to the many "unsung heroes" in the community served by WEDU, a public broadcast station (PBS) serving West Central Florida. Each year, this awards platform spotlights excellent work by local nonprofit organizations and those who support them.

We're also up for the "Be More Entertaining" award, based on the merits of our new BLUEPRINT gala that debuted last March. However, the "Be More Entertaining" award is not open for public voting.

Thank you for your support!

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