Seminole Hard Rock Charity Poker Tournament raises $30,000 for Habitat Broward!



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The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood held a charity poker tournament on Friday, August 14th that raised $30,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Broward. Thank you to everyone who participated, and for the Hard Rock making us the benefactor for this tournament!


Marine Industries Association of South Florida Set for First Habitat for Humanity of Broward Home Build

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) will stage its first Habitat for Humanity of Broward home build on Saturday, August 8, from 8 a.m. to noon.

MIASF will assemble its Board of Directors as well as staff, donors and members to help construct the duplex home located at 732 NW 15th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Eight members of the MIASF organization have joined together to sponsor the house – Maritime Professional Training, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Neptune Boat Lifts, High Seas Yacht Service, Ward’s Marine Electric, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, National Marine Suppliers and Denison Yacht Sales.

“Because the marine industry plays such a leading role in South Florida’s economy, including an $8.8 billion economic impact in Broward County, we believe it’s important to lead and support our community,” said Phil Purcell, executive director of the MIASF. “Our members are passionate about the area they live and work in and are committed to reinvesting in their community and making it a better place to live.”

“The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is a great partner,” said Perry Ecton, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “We truly appreciate what they and their members are doing specific to this project. They will truly be making a difference in our society by offering hope and shelter to two needy families.”

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Announces New Board Chair, New Members for Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity of Broward has announced a new Board Chair and three new members for its Board of Directors.

Taking over as Board Chair is Bill Feinberg, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Allied Kitchen & Bath, while new Board members include Raquel Case of the Rick Case Automotive Group, Kelly Kolb of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, and Susan Rindley of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.

Feinberg has been involved with Habitat for many years and he’s looking to use that experience to help “Build a better Broward, one house at a time.”

“Becoming Board Chair is truly an honor for me,” said Feinberg. “As a company and individually, I have made a commitment to ‘Pay it Forward’ and give back as much as possible to our community. I think we all need to do more when it comes to local charitable organizations and we need more successful companies to get involved as well and give back to our community.

“Habitat is a grassroots organization and one of the few that gifts people with a hands-on experience. You’re not just writing a check – you’re out there putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and seeing first-hand the impact of your contribution. It’s a unique way to donate your support.”

Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Executive Director Perry Ecton was pleased with the selection of Feinberg, Case, Kolb and Rindley.

“They are all quality individuals who have been connected to Habitat for quite some time,” said Ecton. “We’re thrilled they wanted to be a part of our Board and we look forward to hearing their collective ideas on how we can continue to help families in need.”

“We have a lot of great opportunities to build homes in Broward and if we play our cards right we can set the wheels in motion for our growth and, hopefully, secure enough land for us to build several hundred homes in the next five years,” added Feinberg.

The other Habitat for Humanity of Broward Board members are Ian Berger, Gary Bitner, Kathy Craven, Nancy Daly, Tim Dobbins, Kevin Fernander, Linda D. Jones (Secretary), Robert Leider, Cynthia Martin, Dr. Eloise McCoy-Cain, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Stephen Palmer (Treasurer), Susan Renneisen, Kris Rich (Second Vice Chair), John Romandetti and Robert Taylor, Jr. (First Vice Chair).

Habitat Broward ReStore Recognizes Sponsors

Nancy Daly can simply look around Habitat Broward ReStore and she will immediately produce a smile.

To be sure, the Habitat Board Member and ReStore Chair is fully aware that the merchandise surrounding her is courtesy of a large group of faithful, community-minded companies.

“We can offer amazing deals to our customers thanks to all of our sponsors,” said Daly. “One of the main reasons Habitat Broward ReStore has been so profitable is because our community has been so generous and supportive.”

Habitat Broward ReStore is now generating enough income to build a home a month for needy families. To that end, Daly can’t thank the ReStore’s sponsors enough.

Farrey’s Lighting is a regular contributor of high-end lighting, which also helps keep the store windows lit up at night.

“We get so excited when a Farrey’s driver calls,” said Jayna Butcher, ReStore Manager. “We are always at the ready outside with our forklift.”

K&K Transfer routinely sends the ReStore brand new decorative furniture which is sold at half price, while Home Depot regularly donates one or two pallets of brand new store items. Allied Kitchen & Bath donates “like new” cabinets and appliances when it is doing a remodeling job of kitchens or bathrooms, while Reliance Paints & Coatings donates – at least four times a month — Benjamin Moore mistints.

Advanced Air, Advanced Roofing and Sonitrol Security Systems have also been major contributors to the ReStore.

“All of these companies are such a joy to work with,” said Daly. “We’re honored to have them in the Habitat for Humanity of Broward family.”

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Volunteers Preparing for Trip to Nepal to Help Earthquake Victims

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Volunteer Leader Rob Collett could only shake his head in disbelief upon hearing the news of a devastating earthquake hitting Nepal a little over a month ago.

“It was incredible to hear about the loss of life and the serious damage that region absorbed,” said Collett. “Suddenly, my already scheduled fall trip to Pokara, Nepal for the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2015 took on urgent importance.”

More than 8,000 people lost their lives as a result of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake. Additionally, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, an estimated 2.8 million people have been displaced and more than 300,000 homes were destroyed or damaged.

Collett, along with six other Habitat for Humanity of Broward volunteers (Gina and Eduardo Caballero, Cheryl Yeager, Linda. D. Jones, Gary Blais and Mary Lou Bowman Cubbin), will be traveling to Pokara at the end of October to begin a week-long build on November 1.

The group will be joining thousands of volunteers from various Habitat affiliates around the world and in the U.S. for the build, which will consist of 100 new homes.

“Our goal is to complete the houses we are assigned to build,” said Collett. “I’m not sure what kind of damage from the earthquake we will see when we get there, but I’m sure there will be signs and reminders. Personally, I’ve seen that kind of devastation before in Haiti and along the Gulf Coast. With that said, we know why we’re there – to not only build simple, decent and affordable housing, but also to build hope.”

This will mark Collett’s 12th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. He’s been involved with Habitat for Humanity of Broward since 2000 and volunteers nearly every Saturday as a Volunteer Leader connected to different projects.

“To date, I’ve probably help build, in one form or another, over 300 homes, locally, nationally and internationally,” said the 57-year-old Collett. “Habitat for Humanity is something I love and believe in and will always remain dedicated and committed to.”

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Lifework Leadership to Sponsor Habitat for Humanity of Broward Home

Lifework Leadership, which is part of the National Christian Foundation of South Florida, has announced it will sponsor a Habitat for Humanity of Broward home.

The ground breaking for the home located at 901 NE 58th Street in Oakland Park took place last Saturday and the Moffett Family has already been chosen to occupy the home upon completion.

“We are excited about our partnership with Lifework Leadership and the National Christian Foundation of South Florida,” said Perry Ecton, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “Their members are passionate about Broward County and are committed to using their time and talents to improve the lives of all residents.”

Lifework Leadership is a program under the National Christian Foundation and is designed to transform Christian business leaders by challenging their minds and engaging them in serving their community.

“Given what we’re all about, connecting Habitat for Humanity of Broward with Lifework Leadership was a natural thing to do,” added Ecton.

Broward Breaks Ground For Two New Homes in Fort Lauderdale

Marine Industries Association of South Florida to Support Project


Habitat for Humanity of Broward teamed up recently with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to break ground on two new homes to be built off Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Destined for families in need of affordable housing, each home will have five bedrooms and two and one-half baths. The families have not been selected as yet.

“First, we want to thank the Marine Industries Association of South Florida for its support,” said Perry Ecton, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “These homes will be just two of 25-30 homes we anticipate building this year. This project just follows Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

“The economic platform that the marine industry is comprised of – 5,500 entrepreneurial small business owners – led us to Habitat,” said Phil Purcell, Executive Director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. “The marine business believes in the benefit of helping families break the cycle of poverty, while strengthening our community and providing a path of replicable success through education, attitudes and the leadership of the marine industry.”

Raises Over $6,500 at Inaugural Golf Tournament

Habitat for Humanity of Broward staged its inaugural golf tournament at The Country Club of Coral Springs last Saturday, raising more than $6,500 in the process.

Thirteen foursomes (54 players in total) enjoyed a round of golf, followed by a deli buffet and awards ceremony. The event was put on by the Habitat Young Professionals Group and sponsored by the MRW Consulting Group.

“We are lucky to have the Habitat Young Professionals Group and MRW Consulting Group,” said Perry Ecton, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “The fact that so many people – each busy with a career – spent their free time planning this tournament is truly motivating. The proceeds from this tournament will help us build a home for a deserving Broward County family.”

In addition to MRW Consulting Group, other tournament sponsors included JM Family Enterprises (hole-in-one car) and American Financial ($10,000 hole-in-one hole).

Community Development Grant From Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Habitat for Humanity of Broward announced today it has been named a recipient of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s 2014 Community Development Grant.

The grant is part of a $402,500 collective donation to address issues related to affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization in South Florida.

“We are honored to receive this Community Development Grant from our friends at the Bank of America Charitable Foundation,” said Perry Ecton, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “It’s crucial to provide stable, affordable housing and home ownership to individuals in Broward County so we can build a healthy and vibrant community. This grant will clearly make a lasting impact.”

Specifically, the Community Development Grant will help Habitat for Humanity of Broward fund the construction of a new home in Pompano Beach. It will be one of 25-30 homes the organization anticipates building this year.

“For years, Bank of America has invested in community development grants throughout South Florida,” added Ecton. “This year alone, the grants will impact 354,855 individuals. These grants help individuals and families regain and maintain financial stability through access to affordable housing, prepare future homeowners, provide financial education and contribute to the area’s economic development by supporting work that strengthens the vitality of our communities.”