Flower City Habitat for Humanity recently celebrated its 17th annual gala, “Framing for the Future,” at Main Street Armory in Rochester.
Guests helped raise over $144,000 to support the organization’s mission of bringing partners together to build homeownership, communities and hope.
Karen Wozniak, senior manager of brand and content strategy at Paychex Inc., served as event chairman for the second year in a row. Wendy Bello, vice president and general manager at WROC-TV, Nextstar Media Group, stepped in as honorary chairman.
Hosted by voice personalities Terry Clifford and Steve Hausmann, of 92.5 The Buzz, the gala provided FCHH staff, board of directors, volunteers and supporters an opportunity to bring outstanding individuals and organizations together who contributed to the growth and development of affordable housing in Rochester. Proceeds will provide a hand-up to families in the Habitat Homebuyer program, who will “frame their own future” as they work toward homeownership in the community.
In keeping with the theme, beams of a fully framed Habitat house were constructed inside Main Street Armory and signed by guests, who left letters of support in the attached mailbox for soon-to-be homeowner Keisha Betts.
“Habitat motivated me to never quit or give up on my dream of homeownership, and has given me the strength to literally build home ownership for others,” Betts said.
Guests enjoyed a tapas spread with tasting stations from local food establishments, such as Amiel’s Original Submarines, Basha Mediterranean Eatery, Bitter Honey, Cheesy Eddie’s, DocPopcorn, Fusion 4 Restaurant, Get Caked Bakery, Lento, Madeline’s Catering, Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Perri’s Pizzeria, Rochester Riverside Hotel, Starbucks, Tasteful Connections, Unkl Moe’s BBQ & Catering and Zweigle’s.
The interactive gala included games such as “Name! That! Tool!” and a Welcome Wagon raffle full of concert and other entertainment giveaways from Entercom Rochester. Silent and live auction items included sapphire and diamond earrings from Cornell’s Jewelers and a four-hour color consultation with Merkel Donohue Interior Design Group, combined with two professional painters for 80 hours of interior painting services from Profeta Painting.