Jan. 26: Mr. Stud Finder Charity Auction to benefit 'Women Build'

Thursday, January 5, 2012

STUART, Fla., Jan. 5, 2012 – A distinguished group of Martin County gentlemen are contributing to Habitat for Humanity’s female-centered project, Women Build, and it doesn’t involve stilettos or pink construction equipment.

On Jan. 26, prestigious businessmen and esteemed professionals will donate their time and talent at an auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Martin County's 2012 Women Build Home – the Mr. Stud Finder Charity Auction. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at the Lyric’s Flagler Center, 201 S.W. Flagler Ave., in downtown Stuart, for guests to enjoy cocktails and view the silent auction lineup. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

There are 12 Mr. Stud Finders at this second annual event, a prestigious group nominated by their peers and carefully selected to present a valuable auction item or package for bid, valued from $250 to $1,500. A sampling of the auction packages includes a cruise with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres aboard Captain Bill Zeller’s 42-foot yacht; a day of beauty at Kenny Kelly’s 40 Volume Salon; and a wine tasting courtesy of Jeff Schagrin of Harbour Bay Gourmet. The 2012 lineup also features Martin County Commissioner Patrick Hayes; Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club tennis pro, Cullen de Windt; Michael Flaugh, landscape architect; Chef Adam Fatigate of Chef’s Table; stylist Michael Izzolo of Michael Leonard’s Salon; photographer Mitch Kloorfain; Blayne Rosely of Island Beach Resort and Shuckers restaurant; Jermaine Cooper presenting a package from Hawk’s Nest Golf Course; and a package from Star Bright Event Designs.

"Our Women Build volunteers have raised the bar yet again. Not only will they physically construct the Women Build home, they’ll also raise the funds needed. Their goal is $100,000,” said Margot Graff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. "They’ve orchestrated this one-of-a-kind auction that features unique items donated by some of Martin County’s finest and most charitable gentlemen.”

General admission tickets are $25; tickets for VIP seating and 5 p.m. cocktail reception are $50. Visit LyricTheatre.com to purchase tickets, stop by the box office, or call (772) 286-7827.

Special recognition goes to sponsors Elliot Paul & Company; Wilmington Trust; The Stuart News; Goldstein, Schmitt and Wade, PL; Florida Power and Light Company; Kramer, Sopko & Levenstein, PA, Attorneys at Law; and Dawn V. Gilmore Fine Art Photography.

To learn more about the event, sponsorships and advertising opportunities, visit HabitatMartin.org or call (772) 223-9940.

About Women Build: The 2012 Habitat for Humanity of Martin County Women Build home will be built for the Sanchez family in the new Carter Park community of Indiantown. The family is already contributing to Habitat’s sweat equity requirement of 300 volunteer hours and construction of the home will begin in March. They will purchase the home with a no-profit loan and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes.

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.

Pictured are a few of the gentlemen presenting auction packages at the Mr. Stud Finder Charity Auction on Jan. 26 at the Lyric’s Flagler Center. In front: Chef Adam Fatigate and Commissioner Patrick Hayes; In back: Jeff Schagrin, Mike Flaugh, Mitch Kloorfain and Jermaine Cooper.

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