Beaches Habitat celebrates Women Build with annual bash

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CONTACT: Mary Anne Christensen, Beaches Habitat Development Director
TELEPHONE: (904) 241-1222
EMAIL: MaryAnne@BeachesHabitat.org

BEACHES HABITAT CELEBRATES WOMEN BUILD WITH ANNUAL BASH
Beach Bash: Saturday, November 20 from 6-10 pm @ the Selva Marina Country Club

JACKSONVILLE BEACHES… On October 13, twelve Women Builders braved the heat to begin construction on their 11th and 12th homes for Beaches Habitat for Humanity since 2004. On November 20, Beaches Habitat will return the favor when they honor the Women Build team with their annual fundraiser, Beach Bash 2010: woMEN AT WORK!

Beach Bash is Beaches Habitat’s primary fundraiser and all proceeds help their mission of eliminating substandard housing in the Jacksonville Beaches community.

“Beach Bash is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight our dedicated Women Build volunteers,” says Beaches Habitat Development Director Mary Anne Christensen. “These women are wholly committed to eliminating poverty housing in our community and we are so blessed to have them as part of our Beaches Habitat family.”

Promoting the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes, the Women Build program gives women a unique opportunity to work in house construction in a more comfortable, all-female environment. Worldwide, more than 1,750 Habitat homes have been built by women crews.

Building on the great time everyone had at Beach Bash 2009, this year’s event will again take place at the Selva Marina Country Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music by local favorite Mid-Life Crisis, a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres donated by area restaurants, as well as complimentary wine and beer.

Another similarity between this year’s event and the last is the co-event sponsorship. “Regency Centers sponsored our 200th home last fall and we are so honored to partner with this great organization on Beach Bash again,” says Christensen. “With support from volunteers like our dedicated Women Builders and committed companies like Regency Centers, we can eliminate substandard housing at the beaches.”

“Beach Bash is a great opportunity for longtime supporters and new friends alike to come together and celebrate the immeasurable benefits of spreading homeownership and education in our community,” says Beaches Habitat Executive Director Ralph Marcello.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Mary Anne at 904-241-1222, by visiting beacheshabitat.org/beachbash or at the door the night of the event.
• Individual: $75
• Table: $600

Special thanks to our event sponsor, Regency Centers, and to our gold sponsors:
• Merrill Lynch, Jenkins-Wise Group
• BB&T

We would like to thank our restaurant sponsors who will be generously donating a booth of their fine cuisine for the event: Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, Marker 32, Ocean 60, Selva Marina Country Club, Palm Valley Fish Camp.

About Beaches Habitat for Humanity
Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Jacksonville Beaches. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, we work in partnership with local families and volunteers to build and rehabilitate simple, decent homes for qualified families in need. Recognizing the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty, we also offer college scholarships, after-school tutoring and rewards for academic excellence for our partner families. www.beacheshabitat.org

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