Third Annual Event to Champion Housing Heroes and Benefit the Housing & Education Alliance
Tampa, FL – Over the last two years, winners of the prestigious HEART Awards have had one characteristic in common – they commit heart and soul to help resolve housing issues. The finalists for this year’s third annual event are as diverse as the organizations they represent, but their common thread is their passion to find solutions for housing issues and preventing homelessness. It is this passion that has fueled the services of the Housing & Education Alliance, and which will be celebrated as the nonprofit organization hosts their signature event – the HEART Awards – beginning at 6 pm on Thursday, April 17th Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel.
The HEART – Housing Education Alliance Residential Triumph – Awards will take center stage during this entertaining and inspiring event that will honor the finalists, and ultimate winners, in the following categories:
Francis Cintron – Spanish American Committee for a Better Community Corporation to Develop Communities
Tampa Housing Authority
Tom Brown – Tampa Crossroads
Marie Galbraith – Tampa Crossroads
Tim Marks – Metropolitan Ministries Vickie Sokolik – Starting Right Now
Blanche Davenport – Coolidge Realty
Jo Easton – Jo Easton Realty
Victoria P. Vo – Tailored Realty Group
CareerSource Tampa Bay
Linda Lennox – Lenli of Tampa
Rebecca Lopez – Greater Tampa Association of Realtors
Florida Home Partnership
Neighborhood Lending Partners
Universal American Mortgage Corporation
Charlie Hounchell Volunteerism Award Askia Muhammad Aquil – Community Housing Solutions, Inc. Jeremiah Kerr – Ybor Youth Clinic/USF Health
Lourdes Villanueva – Redlands Christian Migrant Association
Julie Weintraub – Hands Across The Bay
Tom Zuniga Education Award Community Real Estate Development Program – USF
Dario Jimenez – Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Carrie Vitale – Tampa Bay CDC
Bob Samuels Leadership Award Bruce Dorphalen – National Housing Resource Center Cora Fullmore – Florida Housing Counseling Network
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
Dan Jurman – University Area CDC
The third annual HEART Awards will pay tribute to both the unsung heroes and community champions of housing during this Housing & Education Alliance benefit. Led by Lissette Campos of ABC Action News, a celebration of achievement will be at the heart of this dinner event that will feature individual success stories from the organizations’ constituents as well as the recipients of the awards themselves.
In addition to the awards, this year’s event theme – HEART and Soul – will be heralded by a special performance by the Distinguished Men of Brass, a Tampa-based, show stopping, horn blowing, drum beating, high stepping, precision choreographed band that blew away the judges on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and now travel the globe opening for major events, Fortune 500 companies and celebrities from Tom Cruise to Hugh Jackman. HEA is also proud to welcome Zixta Martinez, Associate Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as the event’s featured speaker. As the CFPB has jurisdiction over nearly all consumer financial activities, including credit issuance, debt buying and debt collection, and Ms. Martinez’s appearance is particularly appropriate and quite an honor for this event and its’ guests.
The HEART Awards has quickly become recognized as the premier event in Tampa Bay recognizing individuals and organizations that support housing education, development, and financing for first-time homeowners or homeowners at risk. Net proceeds from the 2014 HEART (H = housing E = education A = alliance R = residential T = triumph) Awards will support the Housing & Education Alliance and the nonprofit organizations’ year-round efforts to provide and sustain homeownership opportunities through services in homebuyer education, counseling, lending and development.
For more information about event sponsorship, or to reserve tickets or tables to this special event, please visit http://www.myhomeamerica.org/heart.htm or call 813-932-4663.