Habitat For Humanity Hard Hat Gala

April 14, 2017

This past weekend, I had the pleasure to attend the annual Habitat for Humanity Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala. The event increases awareness and raises funds to support the Habitat mission: to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities area and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. The goal is to make the Twin Cities a place where families can own homes in healthy neighborhoods with access to jobs, transportation and quality schools.

Art Institutes International students’ “construction couture” designs. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

The night centered around the typical fundraising structure: hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, dinner, live auction and music. Students from the Art Institutes International had a fashion show dedicated to the theme of mixing formal wear with construction gear. But by far the most memorable portion of the event was a video testimony of Betty and her experience with Habitat. Betty bought a Habitat home in 1991, and raised two hard-working girls, Lynnisha and Simone. Both daughters graduated from college and purchased homes for their families, inspired by the dedication and hard work of their mother. Check out the video.

Along with 850 other people dressed in “construction couture” — seriously, people got into it, look at these outfits — the event raised more than $800,000 for children, families and the Twin Cities community, in hopes of building a better future in affordable homes. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Winners of the costume contest. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.