Maria Shriver and Entertainment's Most Powerful Women Join Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity's All Women Build - 'Power Women, Power Tools' Set for June 25th

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The 2nd annual Women Build 'Power Women, Power Tools' is an invitation-only event where Hollywood's top women will help build homes for seven Los Angeles area families currently living at poverty level.

Hollywood for Habitat For Humanity (http://www.hollywoodforhabitat.com) announced today its second annual Women’s Build event. The ‘Power Women, Power Tools’ Build, featuring some of the most powerful women in the entertainment industry, will take place on June 25th from 9 am to 2 pm. The invitation-only event will kick off with a welcome address from HFHFH founder, Director/Screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers) and California First Lady, Maria Shriver.

HFHFH hopes the build will empower women to tackle the issue of poverty housing hands on and encourage others in Hollywood to come forth in support of future builds. The Power Women Host Committee this year includes Melanie Cook (Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffleman & Cook), Nicole David (William Morris Agency), Barbara Dreyfus (United Talent Agency), Paige Hemmis (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Diane Nelson (Warner Bros. Entertainment), and Maria Shriver.

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach, the Host Committee, along with other top-level entertainment industry executives, will help build homes for seven Los Angeles area families currently living at poverty level. These families – the future homeowners - will be on hand to build side-by-side with volunteers as part of Habitat’s ‘sweat equity’ program. Each family selected must volunteer at least 500 hours of build time on their home as a down payment before paying back a no interest loan.

“The entertainment community has become a valuable partner in building awareness and raising funds to build homes so that these families can move out of the substandard conditions they are currently living in,” says Erin Rank, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach. “The Power Women, Power Tools Build demonstrates that women have the power to break stereotypes in all industries, and become a part of the solution to ending poverty housing in our community.”

“In this Power Women, Power Tools build, women who are blessed in status and career are reaching out to women who are rich in their love, courage, and determination to build a better life for their families. Both sides bring a blessing to each other, ” says HFHFH Founder Randall Wallace.

The event could not take place without support and donations by its sponsors. The state of California contributed $200,000 in Self–Help Technical Assistance funds to Habitat for Humanity to support the building of the sixteen-home site. The Ralph’s / Food 4 Less Foundation is sponsoring breakfast, Starbuck’s is supplying coffee, Chef Robert Catering will graciously provide lunch for all volunteers, and a Ben & Jerry’s truck will be on site to serve complimentary ice cream. Additionally, Warner Bros. has donated tote bags and t-shirts, and Paige Hemmis of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has donated her signature pink Tuff Chix brand tool belts.

Launched in 2000 with a twenty-home “Blitz Build”, HFHFH involves the entertainment industry in raising money, publicity and volunteer support for Habitat for Humanity’s mission of eliminating poverty housing from the world and making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. HFHFH has sponsored 150 homes around the world from Los Angeles to New York and Northern Ireland to South Africa.

Power Women, Power Tools is made possible by the efforts of its Host Committee and hundreds of volunteers throughout the year and takes place Saturday, June 25th beginning at 9 am at 22526 Halldale Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90501. The event will begin with a welcome address by Randall Wallace and Maria Shriver. Please visit http://www.hollywoodforhabitat.com for more information.

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