Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties will host the 8th Annual Women Build Kickoff Party at Chico’s FAS, Inc. corporate headquarters from 6pm to 8pm with a VIP experience from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for the VIP experience, and are available at 2018womenbuild.eventbrite.com
The Kickoff Party features keynote speaker Dr. Tererai Trent. Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “all-time favorite guest”, Tererai is a scholar, humanitarian, and founder of Tererai Trent International. She is a renowned Ted Talk presenter and has shared the platform with world leaders as a keynote speaker at the United Nations World Leadership Summit. Guests will enjoy Tererai’s compelling story ‘how to dream with a purpose’ of growing up in impoverished rural Africa, overcoming adversity to become an award winning scholar and humanitarian, and her profound connection to Habitat for Humanity.
Also, past Women Build homebuyers will share their empowering stories of how having a stable, affordable home has impacted them and their families. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, receive an official Women Build t-shirt, and a copy of Dr. Trent’s awardwinning book, The Awakened Woman.
The event marks the beginning of volunteering and fundraising efforts for Habitat’s Women Build initiative. Women Build engages and empowers women (and men) in the effort to provide safe and decent homes for families in need of affordable housing. By recruiting, educating and inspiring women to build, they can transform lives in their communities. This year, volunteers will raise $170,000 to build a new house and rehab two houses for three future Habitat Women Build homebuyers and their families. Volunteers will complete work on the three houses the two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day. Then the Saturday before Mother’s Day, surrounded by family, volunteers and sponsors the Habitat Women Build homebuyers will have a special home dedication, where they will officially receive the keys to their home.
Since 2011, Women Build in Lee and Hendry Counties has partnered with 15 families to build strength and stability for 34 children and their parents through local fundraising and volunteer efforts.