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Supporters Dress to the “C’s” for Habitat for Humanity SHR Toolbox Bash and 25th Anniversary Event

Supporters Dress to the “C’s” for Habitat for Humanity SHR Toolbox Bash and 25th Anniversary Event

More than 200 enthusiastic supporters, dressed to the “C’s” (Construction Chic) turned out for the Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads Toolbox Bash in Virginia Beach on April 27. The Bash also marked the organization’s 25th Anniversary celebration and was held to raise funds for the construction of a one-of-a-kind Habitat home build.

Set in the indoor soccer field of the Virginia Beach Field House, creative event planners transformed the space into several construction-themed sections to ensure a fun-filled evening.

Habitat SHR event committee turns Virginia Beach Field House soccer field into elegant Bash space! Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Cupcake Tower donated by Roxie’s Cupcakes makes 25th Anniversary celebration even sweeter! Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

In the “Nuts and Bolts” games section, guests were invited to put their skills to test at games such as Hammer Head Putt-Putt, Lock It Up Door Game, and the hilarious Potty Racers. Participants earned points which were turned in for a chance to win raffle prizes.

Potty Racers were a big hit! Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Other sections included the Construction Canteen (bar), tables with an array of spectacular silent auction items, and a beautifully appointed dining area featuring construction-inspired tablescapes.

For dinner, guests were treated to a very-fitting-for-the-occasion “Construction Cuisine,” featuring southern style chicken, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, salad and more.

Throughout the evening, the Tidewater Drive band entertained, making it impossible for guests to not get out on the dance floor and dance the night away.

The Tidewater Drive Band brought the House down! Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Guests boogied all night long! Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

The room was brought to a frenzy during the exciting live auction which included items such as one-of-a-kind paintings created by Habitat SHR homeowner kids, a sport fishing trip, and a one week stay on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

Live Auction included opportunity to bid on funding for necessary materials for the Habitat SHR Kenley Commons community. Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Habitat SHR Supporter Kim Wadsworth entices with diamond and sapphire necklace up for live auction. Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

But it was the moving story of special guest speaker Michael, whose family moved into a Habitat home in 2008 that brought the reason for the event full circle.

Special Guest Speaker, Michael, shares his story of what having a home of his own means to him and his family. Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Smithfield and Isle of Wight County, Habitat for Humanity SHR is a housing ministry financed through private donations and building with volunteer labor. The organization’s purpose is to build homes with families and sell the houses at no profit and no interest to families who could not otherwise afford a home.

In the past 25 years, events like the Tool Box Bash, sponsorships, and other fundraising initiatives have enabled Habitat for Humanity SHR to help nearly 190 low-income families in the area purchase affordable housing.

LeAnne Rains Benedetto, event emcee. Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Helen Hayes Sommer, Executive Director Habitat SHR (far right) and friends all decked out in “Construction Chic.” Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

Photo by Rico Marcelo Photography

“We know that providing children with safe, secure, and stable housing has far reaching benefits,” said Helen Hayes Sommer, the non-profit’s Executive Director in her welcome statement. “Habitat housing provides a family with shelter, not just for one night or one year, but for a lifetime one generation and then the next.”

Organizers hoped to raise $140,000 from the Tool Box Bash.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity SHR HERE!

See MORE PHOTOS from the Tool Box Bash HERE!

2013 “Tool Box Bash” VIDEO produced by Hampton Roads Social

 

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