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With the cut of a ribbon, "Chameleon Commons" was officially unveiled in our Stevens Creek community early Wednesday morning. Sponsored by Valspar Paint, the neighborhood park is a gift to the Habitat homeowners.
The ribbon-cutting was attended by several national Valspar executives and nearly 20 PGA Tour Wives, who were also participating in a volunteer painting project down the block immediately after the ceremony.
One of the stars of the new park is a steel sculpture of Valspar's mascot chameleon, created by Tampa artist Jason Shiver who was commissioned by Valspar. Nicknamed "Val" for the timebeing, the sculpture was brought to the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook for the remainder of the week. Val will return to Chameleon Commons at the end of the tournament where he will be permanently installed in the park.
Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting, and, especially, thank you to Valspar for sponsoring the neighborhood park for our Habitat homeowner in Stevens Creek!
PHOTOS: Top, Chameleon Commons. Center, Valspar execs cut the ribbon! Below, Artist Jason Shiver, center, with some of the PGA Tour Wives.Comments
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Representatives of several churches that are sponsoring our 2015 "Faith Build" gathered with Habitat staff for a special groundbreaking ceremony that signals the start of construction on a new home for the Acevedo family. The home is being sponsored collectively by eight area churches, who as "Steeple, Pillar and Stonemason Sponsors" have contributed funding for the home. Several additional churches will participate as "Church Build Partners" and provide volunteers to help build the home over eight to ten weeks.
A big thank you to each of our church participants and the members of their congregations! And a special thanks to former Habitat Pinellas board member, Norm Bungard, for his inspirational words, and to Rev. Laura Ice of Anona United Methodist Church for delivering a very special blessing on the home before the shovels were turned!
Anona United Methodist Church
360 United Anona Multisite Church
Central Christian Church of Clearwater
Heritage United Methodist Church
Palm Harbor United Methodist Church
Pasedena Community Church
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Calvary Baptist Church
CHURCH BUILD PARTNERS:
Crystal Beach Community Church
Gulf Coast Church
Harborside Christian Church
Norwood Baptist Church
Prince of Peace Lutheran
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
TGIF took on a very special meaning for the Poggi family when nearly a hundred family and friends turned out last Friday afternoon for the dedication of their new Habitat home in Largo.
Largo Mayor Woody Brown did the honors and presented Jonathan Poggi and his family with the key to their home. An emotional and grateful Elizabeth Poggi thanked all the volunteers who helped build their home.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the dedication including Stephani Lavely, district rep for U.S. Congressman David Jolly's office, who presented the family with a flag that has been flown over the Capitol in honor of the family and their new home. Thanks also go to Mayor Brown, Habitat Pinellas Board Vice Chair Jason Clement, Brad Voigt of Duke Energy, Juneau Colleur of Valpak, volunteer Barry Brown, Kathryn Welch of Habitat's Homeowner Services Committee, and David Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church. Pastor Elvin Torres of Iglesia Pentecostal Rios De Agua Viva said the blessing as everyone laid their hand on the home.
And a great big thank you to our Habitat volunteers who helped build the Poggi home!
PHOTOS: Top, the Poggi family with Habitat staffers Gaby Camacho, Ken Rush and Candi Hagler. Bottom, Mayor Brown presents the Poggi family with their house key.Comments
As part of his volunteering at the Valspar Championship, our CEO, Mike Sutton, is competing for votes in a volunteer challenge during the week of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook. If Mike receives the most votes by March 13th, he will receive $10,000 for the charity of his choice, which, of course, is Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County!
Help Mike raise $10,000 for Habitat Pinellas' home building program simply by voting!
It only takes a moment!
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