Event to benefit Habitat projects

Published 5:15 pm Sunday, July 21, 2013

Building a home takes lots of hard work and lots of hard cash. With the completion of two projects just this spring, funding for the next Escambia County Habitat for Humanity project is critical.

HFH Director Alecia Glaize said the two most recent projects have created a cash-flow issue for the group.

“Our financial resources for new projects was deplenished this spring and we are looking for ways to find some money to fund the next project,” Glaize said. “Habitat Restore certainly helps out with finances, but it just can’t do it all. I saw a project by another affiliate that worked well for them and we’ve decided to adapt that for our community as a fundraising event.”

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Hard Hats and High Heels is an event planned for next month that could produce enough resources to help get another project on the planning board for the group, Glaize said.

“This event could be a fun way to welcome fall and raise needed money for Habitat,” Glaize said. “This event will allow us to get local merchants an home based businesses involved in our work.”

Glaize said the event will allow anyone with clothing, accessories and other fashionable items a chance to show off their products while raising money for Habitat.

“We have a lot of wonderful things available in Brewton and the surrounding area in retail and even some great home-based businesses,” Glaize said. “This will give everyone a chance to present their products to the public in a fun way that will benefit everyone — including Habitat.”

The event, set for Aug. 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Hourglass in downtown Brewton, will include a fashion show, display areas and even a silent auction, Glaize said.

“We have some really good looking people who can be models for the event,” Glaize said. “We are hoping that those who plan to have fashions shown at the event can arrange to have their own models, but we will be willing to help find models if they need them. We are also trying to arrange for some interesting, fun items for our silent auction.”

Glaize said anyone who would like to participate will have a few choices on how to get involved.

“We need to get some commitments from area vendors who want a space for displays,” Glaize said. “The cost to reserve a table space is $50 for displays and sales of wares. For those who simply want to enter their items in the fashion show, there is no charge. However, we still need to know who will be participating so that we can make arrangements to accommodate times and products.”

Glaize said non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers will be served and even some entertainment will be provided during the event.

“We have someone who will be playing and singing during the event and they are even recruiting some friends to help out with entertainment as well,” Glaize said. “It should be an enjoyable, fun evening for everyone.”

Glaize said she hopes that a variety of goods and services will be represented at the event. “We hope to have something available for everyone on display,” Glaize said. “We are hoping to include fashions, accessories or other items for all ages including men, women, youth, children  — just anybody. We want to show real clothes for real people for everything from exercising, school, church, dress-up events and everything in-between.”

For details on how to get involved or to reserve a space, contact Glaize at the Escambia County Habitat for Humanity office at 867-0095, visit them inside the Habitat Restore on Douglas Avenue or contact by email at alecia@escambiahfh.org.