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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. — each and every day

Monday, January 20, 2014

Each year, on the third Monday of January, people nationwide and across the globe celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day to honor Dr. King's life and remarkable efforts in ending racial segration and achieving racial equality throughout America. Today, many celebrate the day to promote human rights for all people.

Dr. King was also an advocate of reaching out to help those less fortunate in our communities. Many people throughout the U.S. choose to mark the day with a day of service in their communities. We at Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County try to honor the ideals of Dr. King, not just on this important day of recognition, but each and every day.

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Introducing Habitat’s new signature gala!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Habitat Pinellas's signature gala event, Blueprint ArtScape 2014, is designed to be one of the most unique events of the season. Blueprint will be held March 15, 2014, at Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.BLUEPRINT: ArtScape 2014
Saturday, March 15th
6 p.m. until
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE!

$150 per person

Our new signature gala is designed to be one of the most unique events of the season!

Please join us as we recognize Raymond James Financial as our "Habitat Partner of the Year!" We are also excited to announce our BLUEPRINT: ArtScape 2014 emcees for the evening are Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards, co-hosts of "Daytime," NBC's nationally syndicated lifestyle show that airs in 140 cities including New York, LA, Chicago and, of course, Tampa! Many will recognize Jerry from his 13 seasons as a correspondent for "Extra!"

We are also honored to have two very special participants assisting with our program portion:  HSN CEO Mindy Grossman and former Valpak CEO Joe Bourdow!

BLUEPRINT'S CREATIVE CONCEPTS!  BLUEPRINT: ArtScape creatively ties into Habitat's building program while celebrating the artistic vibe of our local community. ArtScape will be set amid components of a "house build" and will also feature unique individual "dining environments" for our ArtScape sponsors created by many of our area's most accomplished designers and artists. ArtScape's silent auction will feature wooden chairs from our Habitat ReStore that have been repurposed as one-of-a-kind works of art by over 20 artists from our Pinellas arts community. Our live auction will feature several fantastic items including a 48" x 48" canvas painted live during the evening by Tampa Bay fine artist Carrie Jadus, whose work is exhibited in galleries and is part of private collections worldwide.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS, DESIGNERS and ARTISTS!  Sponsor support is vital to the success of our gala, and we have had wonderful early sponsor support! Most sponsorships include a "designer" table, one of the unique features of this event. Special thanks to our talented sponsor table designers including: Alexandra Thomas Interior Design for Mis en Chic, Barbara Krai Interior Design, Collective Construction Interiors, Decker Ross Interiors, Design and Feng Shui by Rania, Event Design, Tim Thompson/Extravaganza Productions, HSN Design Team, HavenHome.com Design and Furniture Company, Morean Arts Center, West Elm and ZaZoo'd!

Another huge thank you goes to all the amazing artists who handpainted chairs for our unique silent auction: 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, Callie Ferraro, Sebastian Coolidge, and Emily Miller.

Sponsorships are still available!  If you are interested in becoming a BLUEPRINT: ArtScape sponsor, please contact Chris Sabo.

 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

We hope you'll "plan" to be there!

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Help us build a house in just 7 days at Habitat Pinellas’ Blitz Build 2014!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Habitat Pinellas is seeking nearly 400 volunteers to help build a home in just seven days during its annual Blitz Build event beginning February 14, 2014, in Clearwater.MEDIA ARTICLE

MORE DETAILS:  Blitz Build Volunteer Info 

BLITZ BUILD 2014
Presented by HSN Cares

February 14 - 16 and February 19 - 22
(Home Dedication, February 23, 1 p.m.)
1884 N. Betty Lane, Clearwater, FL
$25 participation fee per shift

This fast-paced fundraising event spotlights our community volunteers! Blitz Build is fun, memorable and rewarding for nearly 300 community volunteers who help us build an entire home for a local low-income family in just 7 days! (No experience necessary.)

Depending on the day, 30 - 80 volunteers each day will join forces for this incredible challenge!  Every task at every minute of each of our seven Blitz volunteer days is a race against time. From raising the roof on day one, to laying sod on day seven, our Blitz Build volunteers are challenging themselves to have the home completed for the Dixon family in time for its dedication on Sunday, February 23rd. Special thanks to this year's home sponsor, Publix Super Market Charities, and to our Blitz Build presenting sponsor, HSN Cares!

In addition to the featured Blitz Build home, volunteers will also help us build about 75 percent of another Habitat home in our Stevens Creek subdivision, which is sponsored by Lokey Charities - thank you Lokey!  (Due to medical circumstances, that home’s family cannot participate in the Blitz, so we will be saving a portion of that home for the family to help complete later in the spring.) 

OUR ROSTERS ARE ALMOST FULL! (Thank you Habitat supporters!) However, we have a few shifts left to fill. To sign up, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Linzy Wilson. Check out more specifics in our Blitz Build Volunteer Info guide.

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HSN Cares presents $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman presents Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County with $100,000 check on December 11, 2013.On December 11th, Habitat Pinellas received a $100,000 check from HSN Cares at a press conference at HSN studios!

Habitat Pinellas Interim CEO Ron Spoor accepted the generous check from HSN CEO Mindy Grossman. He thanked HSN Cares for the spectacular contribution and support for our Habitat mission. HSN Cares has sponsored three Habitat Pinellas homes in the past three years, which included hundreds of volunteer hours on each build by HSN employees, including several executive staff members.

HSN also presented $100,000 checks to CASA, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Thurgood Marshall Middle School. Congratulations to each of those nonprofits who shared in the excitement of this wonderful day. THANK YOU HSN CARES!

HSN Cares. They really do!

Photo: Habitat Pinellas staffers with HSN CEO Mindy Grossman. From left, Habitat board member Tamera Davis, CEO Ron Spoor, Chris Sabo, VP Major Gifts, Mindy Grossman, Connor Davis, Development Manager, Robin Macar, VP Communications, Gaby Camacho, Site Supervisor/Procurement Officer and Ken Rush, VP Construction.

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Two homes for the holidays during special holiday evening dedication!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County dedicated two homes during a special evening ceremony in St. Petersburg on December 17, 2013. Both homes were sponsored by Crown Auto Group.See more pics in our PICASA album!
Tampa Tribune article 

A rare evening Habitat for Humanity home dedication was held Tuesday, December 17th, for the Jocelyn and Millwater families who received the keys to their new homes.

Claudison and Sophia Jocelyn and their two daughters and Heather Millwater and her son, received the keys to their new home from Crown Automotive Group president Jim Myers. Both homes were sponsored by Crown Automotive Group. 113 Crown employees spent 803 hours enthusiatically volunteering on the build sites helping to build both homes. A great big thanks to Crown Automotive Group and their staff volunteers, and all the community volunteers who helped us build these homes!

Lit by luminaries in the spirit of the holidays, the dedication took place in the driveway of the Flowers family home, which sits between the two homes that werer dedicated for the Jocelyn and Millwater families. The Flowers home is also a Habitat house that was dedicated in late October. will be lit by luminaries and include holiday music. The Flowers, Jocelyn and Millwater homes are among the five Habitat houses to be built on a single block of 35th Avenue N. The Grady home was dedicated on World Habitat Day in early October, and the fifth house is scheduled to begin construction in January.

Many thanks to all our dedication participants including State Representative Dwight Dudley and Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice, who together with our own site supervisor Gaby Camacho (who coincidentally took her Naturalization Oath yesterday to officially become a U.S. citizen!), presented flags to both families. Other participants included Habitat Pinellas board member Jennifer Ehrhart, Benje Swann of Valpak, Habitat volunteers Selena Holmes and Brian Haas, Joe Triolo of Duke Energy, David Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church and Habitat homeowner candidate Tameka Jones and her sons. 

Congratulations to the Jocelyn and Millwater families! Welcome home!

PHOTO: Crown Automotive Group staff gather with both families for a photo. From right, Crown president Jim Myers and his wife, Claudison and Sophia Jocelyn and their children, Heather Millwater and her son, and Crown vice president of sales and marketing Jim Lamphier.  

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