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Raymond James Financial honored as Habitat Partner of the Year at Blueprint gala.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Picasa Web Album of Raymond James volunteers

CLEARWATER, FL – March 20, 2014 – In recognition of its nine-year partnership supporting Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s affordable homeownership program, Raymond James Financial was honored as “Habitat Partner of the Year” during the nonprofit’s inaugural Blueprint gala, March 15, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Paul Reilly, CEO of Raymond James Financial, accepted the “Golden Hammer” award on behalf of Raymond James from Habitat Pinellas board chair Victoria Tylman.

“Habitat Pinellas has been a major beneficiary of Raymond James’ generosity in this community,” said Tylman. “Our partnership began with a single contribution to Habitat Pinellas and has grown dramatically over the years. Because of their extraordinary commitment to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, we are honored to present Raymond James with the Golden Hammer Award as our Habitat Partner of the Year.”

Since 2005, Raymond James employees have given close to 2,700 volunteer hours building Habitat Pinellas homes and the company has contributed nearly $350,000 to the nonprofit. To date, Raymond James Financial has sponsored five Habitat Pinellas homes, including a home this spring that recently began construction in St. Petersburg.

Since construction began on the current Raymond James sponsored home in mid-February, company employees have already tallied more than 300 volunteer hours on the build site. On Saturday, March 22, more hours will be accrued when a team of Raymond James employees, including Investment Advisors Division president Bill Van Law, will be painting interior walls at the build site. The home is scheduled for completion by mid-April and will be dedicated in early May.

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PHOTO:  From left, Paul Reilly, CEO, Raymond James Financial, Ron Spoor, COO, Habitat Pinellas and Victoria Tylman, board chair, Habitat Pinellas.

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Buy a book and help the PGA Tour Wives raise money for Habitat Pinellas!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Now through April 30th, the PGA Tour Wives will donate 50% of net proceeds from the sale of the book, "Beyond the Fairways and Greens," to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.

And through April you can purchase the book at a 20% discount using the code:  HAMMER when you place the order!

ORDER YOUR BOOK NOW! "Beyond the Fairways and Greens" is available at www.pgatourwives.org (click on the book image at lower right) or www.butlerbooks.com.

This beautiful book features behind-the-scenes photos and a rare glimpse into the lives of PGA Tour families, both on and off the golf course. The book includes incredible stories and memories from generations of PGA Tour families. It also features treasured family recipes from the families of generations of top professional golfers such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and many others.

Many thanks to the PGA Tour Wives Association for selecting Habitat Pinellas as a beneficiary of its book.  We also thank them for their wonderful day of service. During the recent "Valspar Championship" PGA Tournament at Innisbrook, a large group of PGA Tour Wives spent a morning painting one of our homes in our Stevens Creek subdivision! And we were also honored with a surprise visit by three pro golfers who dropped by the site that morning! (See more photos if the PGA Tour Wives Painting Day in our PICASA web album!)

About the PGA Tour Wives Association
Supporting children and their families is the mission of the PGA Tour Wives Association. This is done in many different ways by its members in the communities that support PGA tournaments. The PGA Tour Wives Association is actively engaged in outreach, volunteer service projects and fundraising initiatives which impact local communities throughout the year. PGA Tour Wives is a Florida not-for-profit, IRS designated 501 c(3) corporation, organized to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families through the means of charitable events. Its members, individually and as a group, are dedicated to helping children and their families.

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Welcome home to the Bogdan Family!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Low-income Clearwater Family Receives Keys to Home Made Possible by Bank of America and Habitat Pinellas

Bogdan family receives the key to their Habitat Pinellas home sponsored by Bank of America.Kerry Clapper presented the Bogdan family with the key to their Habitat Pinellas home which was sponsored by Bank of AmericaCLEARWATER, FL – March 17, 2014 – After years of frequent moving to avoid neighborhood crime, overcrowding, rundown living conditions and high rent increases, a Clearwater mother’s dream of providing a safer, more stable life for her two young sons came true today when she received the key to their new home as a result of a property donation by Bank of America to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management resident director Kerry Clapper presented the key to Melissa Bogdan and her sons.

The property donation and Habitat for Humanity program provided an opportunity for homeownership that the low-income family could afford.

“With the help and guidance of Habitat, I am able to give my family a better life and stability,” said Bogdan, whose younger son is a special needs child. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it otherwise. I can already see more joy than we’ve had in years.”

The Bank of America donation is part of a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International through which Bank of America is donating up to 2,000 vacant properties for renovation or reconstruction. The donations also provide opportunities for Bank of America employees to volunteer as properties are built or rehabbed.

Under the strategic alliance, Habitat will turn the Bank of America donations into affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has received more than 20 property donations from Bank of America over the past 18 months.

“Bank of America is happy to work with Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County on our goal of connecting Tampa Bay families with affordable housing and strong, vibrant neighborhoods,” said Bill Goede, Tampa Bay market president, Bank of America. “We’re excited to help revitalize communities, one house and family at a time.”

After receiving the property from Bank of America last year, Habitat Pinellas had the former blighted house demolished to make way for the newly constructed home, which was built with the help of several hundred community volunteers.

“The new home on this previously abandoned property will now be owner-occupied and will be a stabilizing presence in the community,” said Ron Spoor, chief operations officer for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. “The donation of this property by Bank of America assists our efforts to provide affordable housing ownership opportunities while helping to revitalize neighborhoods throughout Pinellas County.”

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“Master Seats” auction features exclusive art from 20 local artists for Blueprint ArtScape gala

Friday, February 28, 2014

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.

BLUEPRINT ArtScape
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.

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

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Mayor Cretekos joins Publix staff at Blitz home dedication for the Dixon family!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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.

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