HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – 2nd Annual Building HOPE Luncheon

Last week I attended the Habitat For Humanity “Building Hope Luncheon” held at the Loews Hotel where over 600 gathered to celebrate the dream of home ownership for those in need.
Terry Ruggles from NBC10 MC’s the event. Giving the history of Habitat for Humanity, and thanking everyone who came out to support them today. Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is an independently chartered affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Locally, Habitat Philadelphia is on a mission to transform lives and our city by building quality homes in partnership with families in need, and uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing.
My friend Danielle Triplett, CMP American Association for Cancer Research, who is also on the Board of Habitat for Humanity encourages volunteerism. (You might recall that Danielle and I met when I was covering the 2008 Rock for Fashion in NYC which benefited cancer organizations.)
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Director of Development, Corinne O’Connell greets the guests and tells them about the organization, and the fulfilment of dreams for those in need.

Frank Monaghan, Executive Director at HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PHILADELPHIA welcomes the guest and talks about “A Habitat ReStore” which is a retail outlet that sells quality used home improvement goods like furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances at a fraction of the normal price. The proceeds are used to help fund the construction of Habitat homes within Philadelphia, and is located at 1829 North 19th Street Philadelphia PA 19121. To donate at item to our ReStore Emily Pratt at 215-765-6000 x16 or Before calling, please see our Donate to the ReStore page for information on items we accept, tax information, and scheduling a pick-up.Terry Ruggles of NBC 10 and his wife Maryjane Ruggles at the event
Winston Justice of the Philadelphia Eagles was on hand speaking to the guests about his community work both here and in Haiti last year, after the earthquake. Above he’s assisting in building a home for a lucky Philadelphia family.
L – R: Eric Coleman, Danielle Triplett, Winston Justice, Kevon Glickman and Audreyelaine Coleman. The Coleman’s are in line in getting a home in the next year. They told a heart-wrenching story of what it was like to be a family of 6 living on two incomes and at PHA. Thankfully Habitat for Humanity exists and

Over 640 guests were inspired by one of our current 2011 partner families and educated on the work of Habitat Philadelphia. Our guests collectively raised over $160,000.00 critical dollars to help Habitat Philadelphia continue building affordable homes in partnership with families in need!