Habitat for Humanity Announces Annual Event “Hammers and High Heels” Women Build Fundraiser
Will Go Virtual
Event to Kick Off on May 10th with Online Auction, Wine Pull and
Social Photo Contest with Virtual Event “A Night of Songs & Stories”
to Take Place on May 20th
Franklin, TN – March 16, 2021 -- Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) has announced that the 2021 “Hammers and High Heels” Women Build fundraiser will go 100% virtual this year starting on May 10th with an online auction, wine pull and social media contest. Then, on Thursday, May 20th, a special virtual program and songwriters’ night - “A Night of Songs & Stories” with Tammy Rogers King, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay will take place online from 7:00PM -8:00PM CDT. The event will once again be emceed by Dawn Davenport, Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster and co-host of the 3HL radio show on 104.5 The Zone.
The fundraiser will feature an incredible online auction featuring trips, unique memorabilia from artists, sports icons, items from Franklin’s finest retailers, and much more. In addition, guests can participate in a wine pull sponsored by Arrington Vineyards as well as a social media photo contest showing off their favorite high heel or hammer. The winners will be announced during the event on May 20th.
“We are excited to be celebrating our 11th year hosting the Hammers & High Heels event,” Dawn Davenport
said HFHWM CCO Jennee Galland.
"And while the event may look different in 2021, the need is still the same. It’s incredible to know that this fundraiser has an immediate impact in the life of a local family in need of safe place to call home. Every dollar raised goes directly to funding our 2021 Women Build home.” Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program empowers women to take the hammer and take the lead to help local families in need build and purchase safe, affordable housing. The event, Hammer’s & High Heels, is HFHWM’s largest fundraiser and they hope to raise a much needed $70,000 for the “bricks and sticks” of this home. Habitat for Humanity has built 253 homes in Williamson and Maury Counties and continues to build 12-14 new homes per year.
This year’s future homeowner is single mother Searria Peoples and her four children, Lavaeh (10), Leslie (10), King (4), and Kynnedi (2). Searria, born and raised in Franklin, walked across the stage at her high school graduation with newborn twins in tow. Raised by a single mother, Searria adopted hard work and perseverance as tools to overcome life’s challenges. Searria has been working alongside volunteers this spring, putting in 200 hours of sweat equity on her home and the homes of others. She also has been attending budget-coaching sessions, homeownership classes, and will save $3,000 in closing costs to be eligible to purchase her house with an affordable mortgage.
Searria is most looking forward to her new home’s yard. It’s always been a dream of hers to have a vegetable garden. “I want to start a veggie garden so I can change the way my children and I eat. I want us to put healthier food in our body and live a more active lifestyle,” she said. The mother of four is grateful to HFHWM and the funding from the “Hammers & High Heels” event that is providing this opportunity to her. “Your kind hearts and passion for what you do will always be remembered. Without you, owning a home would be a greater challenge for my family.”
Sponsorships for the event are still available by contacting Harmony Trevino at HTrevino@hfhwm.org or 615-550-5614. Registration is FREE for the online auction with various ticket options starting at $20 to $85 that includes access to the songwriters broadcast and full program. Go to www.WomenBuildTN.com for more event details. Special thanks to our top event sponsors Schneider Electric, Pinnacle Financial Partners and Jackson National Life. Visit www.HFHwm.org for more information about the event or Habitat’s work in Williamson and Maury Counties. # # #
About Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) was fully incorporated as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International on December 5, 1992. We have built 253 homes in Williamson and Maury Counties and continue to build 12-14 new homes per year. Home construction, critical repair, and neighborhood development services are funded through tax-deductible financial contributions; in-kind donations from local businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals; and profits generated from our affiliate's ReStore. Homes built by Habitat are not given away, and partner families must complete a homebuyer's education program and earn at least 200 hours of "sweat equity" by working on their home and the homes of others. After a thorough qualification process, applicants are selected based on three criteria: the need for affordable housing, the ability to pay the mortgage, and the willingness to partner. Completed homes are SOLD with an affordable mortgage to the families, helping build strength, stability, and independence to build a better life. For more information about our homeownership program, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.hfhwm.org.