Habitat luncheon builds solid foundation for ‘2012 Women Build’

Thursday, October 20, 2011

2012 Women Build Kickoff and Building Blocks Luncheon

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s 2012

Women Build Kickoff and Building Blocks Luncheon

was made possible thanks to Lisa Fricke of Wilmington

Trust (luncheon sponsor); Margot Graff, executive director;

Sharon Hoyle Weber, guest speaker; and Women Build

committee members Mary Resnick, Rosalind Neilen

and Mary Jones, director of volunteer services.

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County kicked off its 2012 Women Build program with a special "Building Blocks Luncheon” and shopping event on Oct. 12 at Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall’s Point. The event raised $5,000 – a solid foundation for 2012 Women Build home – and a step toward the fundraising goal of $100,000.

Before the luncheon, each attendee had the unique opportunity to buy items needed to complete the 2012 Women Build home. The shopping list included all the necessary "building blocks,” from footer concrete, paint and roofing nails to doors, cabinets and appliances. Many items are still available for purchase – click here to view the shopping list.

The luncheon and presentation included guest speaker Sharon Hoyle Weber, author of Hot in the Pot, A Survival Guide for the Real You in the Corporate World. Sharon is a corporate training facilitator, speaker and author who teaches everything that has to do with people working effectively and passionately together. During the luncheon, Weber spoke on the importance of being your "authentic self.” Learn more about Weber at HotInThePot.com.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to lead our fifth Women Build for a very special family,” said Mary Jones, director of volunteer services at Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. "We’re thrilled with the community support at our recent luncheon. Attendees purchased a variety of items – even the kitchen sink – to help cover the cost of construction for the Sanchez Family’s home. We also made many new friends who have pledged to volunteer their time on the construction site. Because of their generosity, we’re off to a great start in funding our 2012 Women Build.”

The 2012 Women Build home will be a four-bedroom model, built for the Sanchez family in the new Indiantown community of Carter Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in February and the Sanchez family will contribute to Habitat’s sweat equity requirement of 300 volunteer hours. They will purchase the home with a no-profit loan and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes.

Special recognition goes to the following sponsors and in-kind donors for their generous contributions: Wilmington Trust, Harbour Bay Plaza, Mary Resnick, Eventmakers, HJA Design Studio, Renato’s Italian Ristorante, New Growth Media and the 2012 Women Build Committee.

Upcoming Women Build events include the Mr. Stud Finder Charity Auction on Jan. 26 and the Power Ride on March 11. To learn more about these events, volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, call (772) 223-9940 or visit the Women Build web page.

About Women Build

Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women and girls to have fun and make a difference by building homes and communities. Women crews around the world have built thousands of homes since Women Build’s official creation in 1998. Each year, more homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources.

About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to help eliminate substandard housing by building homes for others, revitalizing neighborhoods, and transforming lives. Since its inception in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County has built 94 homes in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. For more information, call (772) 223-9940 or visit HabitatMartin.org.

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