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May 08, 2013 - Breakfast for Humanity

What: Habitat For Humanity held its annual breakfast to raise money and awareness of its programs. 340 people donated $115,000 and many more were there to learn other ways to get involved.

Where: Infinity Park Event Center

When: Wednesday May 8, 2013

Time: 7:30 am

Ticket Prices: free

Beneficiary: Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver

Mistress of Ceremonies: Cheryl Preheim, 9NEWS Anchor

Executive Director: Heather Lafferty, CEO

Committee Members: Andrea Russell, Ashley Stoerkel, Erik Clore, Heather Hunt, Jay Cozza, Kate Jenullis, Kirsten Gromko, Lauren Shapiro, Mike Gestwick, Pat Griffith, Rebecca Raney, Sara Wilhelm, Stephanie Kyllo

President(s): Russell Kemp, Board Pres.

Catering: Infinity Park

Sponsors: Mercury, Integer, Fidelity National Title Co, EKS&H

Menu: Quiche with fresh fruit

Attire: come as you are

Board of Directors: For a full listing of the board and for more information on how you can help, go to

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 Emcee Cheryl Preheim addresses the crowd at the breakfast For Humanity.
Emcee Cheryl Preheim addresses the crowd at the breakfast For Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity held their 10th annual Breakfast for Humanity Wednesday, May 8, at Infinity Park Event Center.  The breakfast was held to raise money for, and awareness of, Habitat for Humanity's programs, which benefit the underserved members of our community.

As guests ate, emcee Cheryl Preheim introduced a short video called "A World Of Hope," which spoke a bit about Habitat for Humanity's work in the community and the world.  After the video, CEO Heather Lafferty addressed the crowd about the importance of decent homes for those who currently live in substandard housing.  Lafferty stressed that it wasn't just good for the homeowner, but good for the community.  By building homes, Lafferty said, we are building a better future.

Preheim then introduced another video, We Build Success, in which volunteers and business partners told in their own words, the stories of the work Habitat does in the communities.  It was obvious from their stories that these volunteers were very heavily invested in the projects and in the metro community.

In perhaps the most touching part of the program, Habitat homeowner Farhana Morales told the story of how Habitat for Humanity changed her life and the lives of her family by providing a home where she could raise her children without fear.  She explained that it is not a handout but a hand up, and told the crowd about the hours that she put in in 'sweat equity' helping to build her home.  In addition to gaining valuable construction skills, Morales and her family also gained, through Habitat programs, valuable education in home ownership to help them deal with issues that it brings. Because of Habitat for Humanity, Morales has built a better life for herself and her children.

Preheim then introduced Board President Russell Kemp, who provided a call to action for the guests, marshalling the table hosts to get donations.  There were many levels of donation available and nearly everyone present chipped in.  In the end, 340 guests donated roughly $115,000. That money will help fund Habitat programs in the community and around the world.  

The last item on the program was a videotaped message from former President and Habitat founder Jimmy Carter, inviting everyone to participate in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2013, a World Habitat Event.  The second week in October, Habitat will build 11 homes and repair 15 in Denver's Globeville community. For information on how to involved in this or other Habitat programs, visit the website at


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