The fourteenth annual Tool Belts & Bow Ties gala hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO (HFHS), held Friday, March 22, 2019, raised $134,171 to build a home for a local family. This is the highest grossing event revenue in the organization’s history, a 19% increase in revenue from the previous year. Funds will be used to build or repair a home for a local family in Greene County, Missouri.
The “Dia De los Muertos” themed gala was hosted by honorary chairs John and Sonya Wise, longtime donors and volunteers of Habitat for Humanity. During the fiesta, Grupo Latinoamericano, a group of individuals who promote the Hispanic culture, entertained guests with a variety of cultural dances from the Hispanic community. The gala also featured a 200 item silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner, and the ever popular Sponsor A Home auction where attendees bid on items needed to build a home, including toilets, windows, doors, nails, and more.
Event organizers shared the Habitat for Humanity mission by spotlighting Jennifer, a new HFHS homeowner. Jennifer moved into her home in the Legacy Trails neighborhood in May 2018. She shared her story of overcoming domestic violence to now being a successful, hardworking mother who now has the opportunity to own her own home.
“Tool Belts & Bow Ties brings the community together to support Habitat’s mission,” said Abby Glenn, development director of HFHS. “The support we receive from sponsors and donors allows us to give back to the community; building and repairing homes for local families.”
The fourteenth annual Tool Belts & Bow Ties gala was supported by 91 community partners. For a full listing of event sponsors, donors, and photos, visit the HFHS website habitatspringfieldmo.org/get-involved/tool-belts-bow-ties.