St. Petersburg, FL – January 8, 2015: Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County will host BLUEPRINT, the organization’s second annual signature gala event, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel on the evening of Saturday, February 21, 2015. Drawing upon the creativity of local artists and designers, the African theme will reveal a kaleidoscope of fascinating cultures and natural wonders. From beauty, beasts and exotic locales, Afrika is a world unto itself and BLUEPRINT is designed to transport guests to this vast continent known as the “Land of Contrasts.”
Designed to provide additional funding resources for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s affordable housing program for low-income families, BLUEPRINT: Afrika takes it theme from Habitat’s for Humanity’s Global Village program. The gala will feature exotic dining environments, created by 14 local designers, each providing a special dining experience for event sponsors and their guests. Adding to this unique “dinner party” setting will be interactive cocktail stations, entertainment and dancing to the James Suggs Quartet and an exclusive, one-of-a-kind auction featuring individual works of art created by more than 20 local artists upcycling gently-used furniture provided by Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The gala also serves as an annual tribute to Habitat Pinellas’ community partners by spotlighting the “Golden Hammer Award” presentation, which this year honors HSN as partner of the year.
Last year’s inaugural BLUEPRINT gala was heralded as one of the most unique experiences of the year, and the event has quickly become a “must-attend” event of the season. Sponsored by HCA, West Florida, BLUEPRINT: Afrika will tempt guests to take a walk among the natural wonders that define the vast African continent, including such exotic locales as South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco. Entry into this innovative experience and fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County ranges from $175 per person to $2,000 for a Good Neighbor table of 10. To make reservations or for more information on sponsorship of the February 21st event, please visit www.HabitatPinellas.org or call Angie Croft at acroft@HabitatPinellas.org 727.536.4755, ext. 220.
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About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 318 homes for low income families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $22,500 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 250 to 350 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading in turn to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact 727.536.4755 or visit www.HabitatPinellas.org.
About Global Village: Global Village is a Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) program that creates opportunities for volunteers to build overseas for one to three weeks with families in need and local volunteers. In June 2014, Habitat Pinellas volunteers completed a once-in-a-lifetime experience building homes and hope in MALAWI, AFRICA.