Habitat for Humanity Held 11th Annual Dream Builders Gala

MARDI GRAS MAGIC: Getting ready for the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity March 6 Mardi Gras Magic fundraiser are, from left, Erik Larsen, Paul Kent and Amber Larsen with event chairs Juley Langdon and Jim Langdon.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” Let the good times roll! On Saturday, March 6, Tulsans were invited to come and experience Mardi Gras Magic, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity’s 11th Annual Dream Builders Gala. This premier event benefited Habitat, Tulsa’s leading non-profit home-building agency.

Jim and Juley Langdon of Tulsa People and Langdon Publishing hosted the evening as honorary chairs while Lori Fullbright of News on 6 emcees the activities. Presenting Sponsor for the evening is Samson.

“Year after year I see dozens of new faces who’ve come with past Gala attendees,” notes Paul Kent, executive director of Habitat. “At the end of the night, I overhear people saying this is the most fun they’ve had at a fundraising event and how gratified they feel helping Habitat conquer this housing plague that debilitates hard working parents and their children, folks who seem to have no other housing options but substandard ones.”

The good times began at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. The “Black Tie Optional” event featured a reception with wine and other beverages, dinner, live and silent auctions. Gala patrons enjoyed the music of Grady Nichols as they danced the night away. Erik Larsen of Williams and his wife Amber chaired the steering committee for this event.

Tables for eight guests along with sponsorship recognition begin at $1,250.

Along with TulsaPeople and Samson, early supporters announcing Mardi Gras Magic included Advanced Industrial Devices, , Sue Blackburn Interiors, George Kaiser Family Foundation, GrantThornton, Helmerich & Payne, Holliday American Mortgage, Williams and Horn Investments.

Today one in four Tulsans cannot afford market rate housing and many families are relegated to spending too much of their income renting inadequate housing. Tulsa Habitat for Humanity creates opportunities for low income families to build and buy a home, investing in the future of their families.

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable EnergyStar houses and has launched a campaign to help 100 families become homeowners over the next 48 months. Families completing the 500-hour Habitat program will build their own home and pay out multi-year no-interest mortgages. Habitat makes no profit on its homes. In addition to support from the Gala, the organization sustains itself through its thrift shop, The ReStore, which is open to the public offering donated home building supplies (open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1234 S. Norwood, one block west of South Sheridan). For more information about Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitat-tulsa.org.

Updated 02-08-2010

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