Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County’s annual fundraising gala, Hard Hats & High Heels, raised $126,000 this year in support of Habitat’s homeownership and home repair programs benefiting local families.
The 219 guests at the gala heard from Melissa, a recent Habitat homeowner, who shared her inspiring story of perseverance and how she fulfilled her dream of homeownership, from living on the street, in foster care, and eventually achieving the stability owning her own home has provided for her and her sons.
“This family was humbled by the help of volunteers, donors and community partners who gave so generously to make their new home possible,” said Florence Kawoczka, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County.
Stefanie Clark, family program director, served as emcee for the evening and was surprised to be awarded the Spirit of Habitat award for her more than 21 years of service to families in Bucks County.
“I have personally witnessed the impact we are having: families who are now planting gardens and putting down roots in their community after renting for more than 20 years; children having their own rooms now to study in and thrive. Our home repair program is repairing HVAC systems and keeping folks warm in the winter and allowing others to regain their independence and the ability to enjoy the outdoors via access ramps,” said Clark.
As part of the fundraiser’s Designer Challenge, items potentially destined for landfills were donated to the Habitat ReStores, where they were selected by professional interior designers, decorators, furniture makers, artists and craftsmen, who transformed them into unique furnishings. These upcycled, gently-used household goods were auctioned at the gala, becoming treasures and future family heirlooms. Ultimately, just as the ReStores turn donations from generous and environmentally-conscious individuals and businesses into dollars to build homes for families, each of these one-of-a-kind creations also raised funds to build homes.
“We are grateful to our donors, staff, volunteers and community members for helping to grow our impact,” said Kawoczka. “Their support is critical to our ability to make our homeownership and home repair programs available to lower-income families in Bucks County.”
Visit habitatbucks.org or call 215-822-2812 for more information on Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County.