Top Names in Entertainment, Government, Business and Faith Organizations Were Among over 200 Women who Framed Walls for Habitat Homes
On Saturday, May 16th, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) hosted the 5th annual “Power Women, Power Tools” build event as part of its Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH) initiative. Over 200 Power Women came together at Sony Pictures Studios to frame walls for six new sustainable homes, which will be moved to a ten home site in the City of Lynwood. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Habitat for Humanity partner families and HFHFH founder, Randall Wallace, and were treated to lunch generously donated and catered by Celebrity Chef LaLa.
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“Power Women, Power Tools brings prominent women together to make affordable housing a matter of conscience and action in our communities,” says Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA. “This past Saturday we sweated, laughed, challenged ourselves and encouraged each other."
|Power Women volunteers who swung hammers include Sarah Carter, Lauren Conrad, Jennifer Grey, L.A. City Councilmember Wendy Greuel, Rachael Harris, Sarah Lancaster, Dawnn Lewis, Lisa LoCicero, Catherine O’ Hara, Sofia Vassilieva and Raven-Symone¢ and KaDee Strickland.
Photo: Jennifer Grey
In addition to framing walls for Lynwood’s new Green neighborhood, a goal was set to raise $150,000 for an all-women sponsored home that will break ground during next year’s “Power Women, Power Tools” build event. During Saturday’s event the women raised over $5,000 in a silent auction that featured everything from fine wines and video games to five star hotel stays. $5,000 more was raised by individual donations from volunteers on site. The remaining funds will be raised between now and next year’s event through the Power Women’s advocacy efforts.
|Habitat for Humanity & Their Sustainable Ways
We continue our talk with Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA about the sustainable practices of Habitat for Humanity.
Sponsors and contributors who made the event a success include: The A List, Asics America, Bloomsbury Publishing, Anthony Dias Blue, Caldora Skin Care Clinics, Carlyle Hotel/A Rosewood Hotel, Coach, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Core Performance Center, DJ Hope Surratt, Domenica/M. Frederic’s, Dreamworks Animation, DuWop Cosmetics, Dwell, ECOBAGS, Eco Tools, Flip Video, Frais, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, Hankook Tea Co., Hansen’s Beverage Company, Harmonix, The Hidden Garden Floral Designs, Hot Designer Denim, Ideal Bite, Intelligent Beauty, Luna Bars, Luxottica Group, Murad Inc., Murphy Fitness, Naja Tea, Neutrogena, Oliver New York, OPI, Organic Spa Magazine, Paige Premium Denim, Passchal, Pom Wonderful, Popchips, Priti Nails, Smashbox Cosmetics, Soho Grand Hotel, Sony Pictures Studios, Sony PlayStation, Think Products, Tomboy Tools, Trader Joe’s, Ultra Green, Hal Valentine Hair Salon, Vanilla Bake Shop, Warner Bros. Entertainment and The Watergeeks Laboratories. [more]
“Power Women, Power Tools” would not be possible without the commitment of its host committee. This year’s host committee members were Karen Bass (California State Assembly), Mara Buxbaum (COO, ID), Chef LaLa (Chef, Nutritionist, Author), Melanie Cook (Ziffren, Brittenham LLC), Martha Corbett (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Jeanne Cordova (Universal Studios Operations), Nicole David (William Morris Agency), Lisa Hallerman (Endeavor Talent Agency), Karen Kehela Sherwood (Imagine Entertainment), Blair Kohan (United Talent Agency), Hannah Minghella (Sony Pictures Animation), Diane Nelson (Warner Premier), Michela O’ Connor Abrams (Dwell Magazine), Sharon Rowe (EcoBags) and Kathy White (Creative Artists Agency).
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES strives to eliminate poverty housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families in need to build simple, decent affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built nearly 500 homes nationally and internationally, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. For more information, visit www.habitatla.org
About Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity:
Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH) is an entertainment industry partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles that launched in 2000 with a 20-house "blitz build.” HFHFH was founded by Screenwriter/Director Randall Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers) to encourage the entertainment industry to support Habitat for Humanity’s goal of eliminating substandard housing worldwide. HFHFH works with talent and industry leaders who support the organization through donations, volunteer hours and advocacy. Thousands of volunteers from the entertainment industry have helped build homes in the United States and around the world. www.hollywoodforhabitat.com