Hollywood For Habitat For Humanity Announces 2006 “Power Women, Power Tools” Annual Build

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Julie Bowen (Boston Legal); Cat Cora (Iron Chef America) & Constance Marie (George Lopez Show) Join Entertainment’s Most Powerful Women to Build Homes for Hurricane Relief. Annual Power Women, Power Tools Build Event takes place Saturday, June 10th at Dodger Stadium.

“Power Women” from the entertainment industry will don pink hard hats and swing hammers on June 10th as part of Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Power Women, Power Tools” build. The invitation-only event brings out some of Hollywood’s most influential women to raise awareness for and participate in Habitat for Humanity’s mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide.

This year’s honorary crew leaders are Julie Bowen (Boston Legal); Cat Cora (1st Female Iron Chef America/Founder of Chefs for Humanity); and Constance Marie (George Lopez Show). The build’s Host Committee includes Creative Artists Agency’s Megan Crawford; Endeavor Agency’s Adriana Alberghetti, Michelle Bohan and Elyse Sherz; United Talent Agency’s Blair Belcher and Barbara Dreyfus; Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Diane Nelson and Dawn Taubin; William Morris Agency’s Nicole David; and Melanie Cook of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande, & Wolf.    

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, this year’s build will focus on providing much needed shelter for families devastated by recent hurricanes. Two homes will be framed, disassembled and loaded into a container to be shipped to Louisiana where volunteers and the new homeowners will re-assemble and finish building the homes as part of Habitat’s hurricane relief program, Operation Home Delivery.

“This event attracts an enthusiastic group of women every year that cannot wait to get their hands dirty and feel empowered,” says Erin Rank, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles. “It’s exciting to build alongside these bright, vibrant women whose dedication to family and society is so heartfelt. With their help, we will give two families a helping hand and continue to restore hope to a devastated Gulf Coast.”

Volunteers will build in 4-hour shifts, beginning at 8 am on Saturday, June 10th at Dodgers Stadium and concluding at 5 pm. During the build, volunteers may participate in a workshop to help build garden boxes for local Habitat Partner Families.

Filmmaker Randall Wallace founded HFHFH five years ago to rally the entertainment industry to support Habitat’s work with donations, volunteer hours, and publicity. ”This has become my favorite build of the year. The energy is inspiring, and the pink tool belts swarm everywhere!” says Wallace.

“Power Women, Power Tools” is made possible through the efforts of its Host Committee and hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. Sponsors of the 2006 event include the Hollywood Reporter; the Los Angeles Dodgers; Women in Film; Promoshop (http://www.promoshopla.com); Edible Arrangements of West Hollywood, The Container Store and FRS Energy Drink (http://www.frsplus.com.)

2006 Power Women, power tools build event

Saturday, June 10th – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dodger Stadium – Parking Lots (40 / 41)

Schedule of Events:

8:00 am to 12:00 pm         1st Shift –Volunteers will frame home #1

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm     Lunch Break & presentation by Randall Wallace and Host Committee Members

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm         2nd Shift –Volunteers will frame home #2

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles:

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles serves 112 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County including 70 communities within the City of Los Angeles. Habitat Partner Families earn less than 50 percent of area median income. For Los Angeles County, that translates to as little as $20,000 / year for a family of four. Partner families must also meet the following requirements: demonstrated need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan; and willingness to partner with HFH GLA to invest 500 ‘sweat’ equity hours into building their home. http://www.habitatla.org

About Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity:

HFHFH launched in 2000 and has sponsored over 150 homes around the world from Los Angeles to New York and Northern Ireland to South Africa. Founding Advisory Board members include Melanie Cook (Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffleman & Cook), Gale Anne Hurd (Producer), Erin Rank (Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles), Tom Shadyac (Director), Roberta Turner (Turner & Adams), and Dave Wirtschafter (William Morris Agency). Past supporters include Patricia Arquette, David Arquette, Paige Hemmis, Dustin Hoffman, Chris Klein, Susan Sarandon, William Shatner, Maria Shriver, Stanley Tucci and Robin Williams. http://www.hollywoodforhabitat.com

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