DC Habitat’s 25th Anniversary Celebration to Honor Extraordinary Area Leaders on November 20

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Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat) will celebrate 25 years of building hope and changing lives in the nation’s capital on the evening of Thursday, November 20 with “Raising the Roof,” a celebration fundraiser to be held at Union Station.

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“By helping Habitat for Humanity provide quality shelter for our nation’s veterans, we have the honor of giving back to those who have given America so much,” said PenFed President & CEO James Schenck.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat) will celebrate 25 years of building hope and changing lives in the nation’s capital on the evening of Thursday, November 20 with “Raising the Roof,” a celebration fundraiser to be held at Union Station.

The event, chaired by the Honorable Henry Cisneros and emceed by WJLA/ABC-7News Anchor Scott Thuman, will honor three extraordinary leaders for their commitment to affordable and energy-efficient housing in the District.

The honorees are:

Sheila Johnson - CEO of Salamander Hospitality and president, managing partner and governor of the Washington Mystics, and a co-founder of Black Entertainment Television;

Joel Towers – Executive dean of Parsons The New School for Design, well known for initiatives in environmental and sustainable design, urban design and transdisciplinary design;

Dee MacDonald Miller – A senior vice president in the Tenant Representation Division of Jones Lang-Lasalle, she and her colleagues contributed hundreds of hours on DC Habitat’s Empowerhouse site.

The event is largely underwritten by two title sponsors, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) and Valspar. Both companies have supported DC Habitat in previous years – PenFed through the local “Homes for Vets” initiative, and Valspar through its contribution of paint to Habitat homes in DC as well as around the country.

“By helping Habitat for Humanity provide quality shelter for our nation’s veterans, we have the honor of giving back to those who have given America so much,” said PenFed President & CEO James Schenck. “PenFed is thrilled to be part of such a unified effort to ensure the DC community continues to grow and flourish.”

“Congratulations to the DC Habitat team for 25 years of building healthier neighborhoods and stronger communities in our nation’s capital,” said Kimberly A. Welch, Vice President of Communications and Chair of the Valspar Foundation. “As Habitat for Humanity’s national paint partner, Valspar looks forward to helping the DC team in 2015 to transform many houses into homes.”

Both PenFed and Valspar are partnering with DC Habitat as Legacy Sponsors in 2014, meaning they are each helping to underwrite 25th anniversary event costs while also sponsoring construction of affordable homes in the Ivy City community of Northeast DC.

For 25 years, DC Habitat has been working to reduce poverty housing and homelessness in the nation’s capital by building affordable, energy- efficient homes for low-income working families. With “Raising the Roof,” DC Habitat is seeking to raise $1 million to fund construction of its next 25 homes in the District.

The anniversary comes at a time when affordable housing in the District is increasingly scarce and even dilapidated properties command higher rents out of reach for many low-mid income working families.

“Providing decent, affordable housing in DC takes the work of many partners – corporations, foundations, local government and individuals. We are taking the opportunity of our 25th anniversary to recognize and celebrate those who have generously partnered with us over the years,” said Susanne Slater, DC Habitat’s President & CEO.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. believes that everyone deserves a house they want to call home. That's why we work to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building affordable, energy-efficient homes for people in need.

For more information on “Raising the Roof,” including sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales, please visit http://www.dchabitat.org/25years or call Heather Phibbs, Director of Marketing & Development at 202-882-4600 ext. 233. You may also contact Maria Mastorakos at 202-741-1282.

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