August 6, 2014
Franklin, TN – On Thursday, May 1 more than 200 Habitat supporters filled the Factory’s Building 8 to enjoy fantastic food, wine, and the award-winning songwriters of Nashville Unplugged. While enjoying great entertainment and pleasing their palettes, guests placed bids on 100 different specialty items online, and from the comfort of their own seats, using MobileSmartBid. In just three fun-filled hours, supporters raised $21,200 for the “bricks and sticks” of Habitat’s 2014 Women Build home.
Throughout the night, guests helped themselves to culinary treats donated by Chef’s Market, The Southern Steak and Oyster, Finezza Italian Bistro, Papa C Pies, Sopapilla’s, Gigi’s Cupcakes, TGIFridays, Gary’s Place of Fairview, Overton’s Fresh Point Produce, Boresha Coffee, and Brownland Farms and enjoyed wines from Harvest Beverage Company and high-gravity IPA courtesy of Westside Wine and Spirits.
An enthusiastic crowd sang along as Deana Carter, Danny Myrick, Earl Bud Lee, Brian McComas, and Aaron Benward played hit after hit for two over hours. “We can’t thank these songwriters enough for coming out and supporting Habitat,” noted Habitat Women Build Volunteer Candi Dove. “When I asked my son (Aaron Benward) if he would help put together the songwriter’s night, he didn’t hesitate for a second. All the artists were excited to serve the Habitat ministry with their talents. I have now helped with both planning Hammers and High Heels, as well as working on the build site, and have fallen in love with the people and this amazing organization. I believe in what Williamson Habitat for Humanity is doing for the single parents, families, and the children in our community.”
“It was really exciting to meet our $20,000 goal this year, and we wouldn’t have been able to do so without the talents and donations of so many generous companies and our hard-working volunteers,” explains Habitat’s Director of Development Kim Randell. “More than 25 volunteers came together to put up decorations, man the check-in and auction, and help keep things moving smoothly. A special thanks to our two emcees for the night, Todd Nussey and GiGi Butler. The sponsorship support of Avenue Bank; Nashville House, Home, & Garden Magazine; Inspired Spaces; MobileSmartBid; Merridian Home Furnishings; and Toyota of Cool Springs and the generous in-kind donations of our food and beverage sponsors, our silent auction donors, Always in Bloom, Classic Party Rentals, and the Williamson Source ensured that every dollar would go straight to building a home for Nikki Jones and her three children, Ayana (11), James (8), and Nicolas (5).”
Habitat’s Women Build program educates and inspires women all over the country to build and advocate for affordable housing in their communities. Volunteers, alongside partner family Nikki Jones, began constructing the Habitat Williamson fifth annual Women Build home on April 12. Nikki’s home in Columbia will be completed and dedicated on June 7. Before her home is finished, Nikki and her family will complete 280 hours of “sweat equity” by participating in a homebuyer’s education program and working on the build site. Habitat Williamson will then sell the home to her at cost and with no interest on the mortgage for the life of her loan.
Habitat Williamson is still looking for volunteers who would like to work on the build site, as well as donations to cover costs. Twenty-three thousand dollars are still needed to fund the home, and anyone wanting to help can donate online at hfhwm.org. Those wanting to volunteer can contact Community Engagement Manager Billy Whipple at 615-550-5614.