‘Hard Hats and Heels’ raises funds for Habitat family home
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
May 07, 2014 | 838 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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DECORATED HARD HATS were the center of attention for the Hard Hats and Heels fundraising event put on by Habitat for Humanity. The unique hats were fashioned by select gentlemen and were auctioned off in order to raise money for the assistance in building a new home for the Perez family. Along with the Hard Hat fashion show and auction, live music was provided by The Ambitious Band and laughter came through the set of stand-up comedian Karen Mills. Banner photo: HOWARD PIERCE
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It was a night out for the ladies, and for one lady in particular.

Habitat of Cleveland held its “Hard Hats and Heels” event Saturday night within — appropriately enough — one of the maintenance shops at Toyota of Cleveland.

Habitat has a “Woman Build” team which has been helping Maria Perez and her three children realize the dream of having their own home.

The night was designed to have some fun as they raised funds to help complete the new house for the Perez family.

A crowd hooted and cheered as each model for the wildly designed hard hats each made their moves down a runway while hearing outrageous biographies read about them.

Surrounding the venue were plenty of eats from Tasteful Gatherings, music from The Ambitions, and the evening was rounded out by the comedy of Karen Mills.

Habitat Executive Director Matt Carlson said the event was a success.

“The women with ‘Women Build’ decided they wanted to do something fun,” Carlson said, adding the goal of the evening was met.

“We have been working on the house for six weeks and we are well on our way,” he said.

An official dedication for the Perez home is scheduled for Aug. 7 at noon in South Gate Hills.

Habitat will also be opening the doors for two families in the Victory Cove Subdivision, July 1 at 6 p.m.

Habitat of Cleveland is always looking for those who might be willing and able to help with providing homes to those who are able to work and be responsible citizens in gaining such a privilege.

Those wanting to help can call 423-476-6947 or can donate through the website habitatofcleveland.org.