at Infinity Park Events Center benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver at 7:30 a.m.
Area coffee shops surely felt a slowdown in business on Wednesday, May 7, as nearly 700 supporters got their java jolt at the 11th annual Breakfast for Humanity, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. The event, held at Infinity Park Event Center, was a celebration to thank sponsors, vendors and volunteers for their time, donations and hard work. It was also a chance to introduce the Habitat “building a foundation for success” credo to newcomers.
CEO Heather Lafferty, the Angel Meza family and Cheryl Preheim
The organization’s largest fundraiser of the year featured a packed one-hour program of speakers and video presentations that surrounded a complimentary sit-down breakfast served by Footers Catering. Vivacious 9News anchor Cheryl Preheim emceed the program with energy and sincerity—not only an event host, but an active Habitat hammer-wielder. She promised guests they would be so inspired by event speakers, “…you will be skipping to work.” Rev. Dr. James E. Fouther, Jr., of United Church of Montbello not only offered a pre-meal blessing, but a short inspirational talk surrounding the “theology of the hammer” concept, quoting from Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller’s book.
Heather Lafferty, Habitat Metro Denver’s CEO and project participant, spoke about the positive impact of Habitat projects on families and the community along with the definition of home—and the difference that Habitat owners felt after being part of the build-and-buy process. Angel Meza, along with her children Christian, Danielle, Rebekah and Paris, each spoke about their Habitat home experience, and guests were also treated to videos celebrating the organization’s 35th year. Board vice president Steve Shaffer ended the program with a call for donations—and most of the guests grabbed a pen to fill in various dollar amounts on their pledge cards.
Habitat for Humanity was established in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller to address poverty housing on a global scale through “partnership housing.” The Fullers’ concept centers on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. Habitat’s no-profit and no-interest financing is affordable. And the “Fund for Humanity” (homeowner mortgage payments, no-interest loans and fundraising dollars) provides the capital needed to build. Today Habitat for Humanity has completed more than 600,000 homes around the world, completing the construction or repair of a home at the rate of one every 5.5 minutes.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver was established in 1979 by a group of passionate volunteers who worked tirelessly to raise funds, acquire land, select families and manage all of the logistics to build the first Habitat homes in Denver. Since then, Habitat Metro Denver has become one of the largest affiliates in the U.S., celebrating the construction of a 500th home in 2012. In 2014, the organization announced a goal to serve 500 more families in five years. For more information, please visit: https://www.habitatmetrodenver.org/
Table decor made clever use of blueprints and building materials as centerpieces.
CEO Heather Lafferty (left), with event emcee, 9News anchor and active Habitat supporter Cheryl Preheim
(l to r): Kenneth Pinkham, David Culburton and Tom Whyte
John Odell and Sarah Hatfield
Some of the Denver Public Schools contingent gathers before breakfast.
Early birds at registration
(l to r): Jim Murphy, John and Debbie Kimley, and Karen Pinkham
Marion Colliander and COO Mike Criner
Rev. Dr. James Fouther, Jr., of United Church of Montbello and Lisa Shane
The Angel Meza family and Habitat home residents (l to r, back row): Christian, homeowner Angel, Rebekah and Danielle; front row: Paris Meza
Cheers, coffee style: David Smith (left) and board member Marc Ducnuigeen
Representatives of sponsor Zunesis
(l to r): Lisa Moacham, Michelle Hulett and Kent McSparran
(l to r): Scott Southworth,board member Gretchen Lenamond and Jacqueline Sundstrom
(l to r): Cal Isaak, Al Powell and Sara Sayers
The stage is set for the breakfast program.
(l to r): Gary Kohn, Bill Jackson and Scot Smith
(l to r) Mark Thompson, board president David Honeyfield, Tim Green and Greg Raih
(l to r): Jeff Merman, board member Tim Wieland, John Robbins, Mark McIntosh and Russell Kemp
(l to r): Jacqueline Sundstrom, Anne Garcia, Ann Horland, board member Gretchen Lenamond and Amy Hanophy
Robyn Burns (left) and Carley Piper
Reps at the Mercury sponsor table are ready for the program.
The crowd of nearly 700 enjoys a sit-down breakfast from Footers Catering.
Rev. Dr. James E. Fouther, Jr., United Church of Montbello, gave the blessing with a “Theology of the Hammer” reference.
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan chats with the Meza family during breakfast.
Representatives from sponsor Kaiser Permanente enjoy their breakfast.
Watching “A World of Hope” video presentation
Breakfast is served.
CEO Heather Lafferty talked about the definition of “home.”
Dr. Jim Falko enjoys a video presentation.
Coffee was the beverage of choice for most during the early-morning gathering.
Angel Meza, Habitat homeowner
Angela Meza (left) and Danielle listen to Christian address the crowd.
Danielle Meza talks about her family’s Habitat experience.
The crowd applauds Angel Meza and her family as they leave the podium.
Angel Meza (left) with Paris and Christian
Board VP Steve Shaffer urges the crowd to “help build it” with donations.
The call for donations resulted in generous pledges.
Sponsor table: The Integer Group
Representatives from sponsor EKS&H
(l to r): Ann Fretz, Martha Karnell and Joe Fretz
Representatives from sponsor Citywide Banks linger after breakfast.
Danielle, Rebekah and Paris Meza
(l to r): Rebekah, Paris, Christian and Danielle Meza, with emcee and 9News anchor Cheryl Preheim
(l to r): CEO Heather Lafferty, the Angel Meza family and Cheryl Preheim
The Angel Meza family (center) poses with CEO Heather Lafferty (left) and 9News anchor Cheryl Preheim
CEO Heather Lafferty, the Angel Meza family and Cheryl Preheim
Susan Gerek (left) and Kay Sweigert
Board vice president Steve and Joan Shaffer
Rebecca Fernandez (left) and Susan Halstedt
Marissa Darnell (left) and Lea Abeyta, annual fund manager with paint-can table decor.
Amy Burkett (left) and Gail Fritzinger
William Holland (left) chats with board president David Honeyfield
(l to r): Russell Kemp, Maggie Peterson and Andrew Castillo (right)
(l to r) Vandna Jerath, Holly Ollier and Connie Higgins
Diane Schindler (left) and Jameka Spencer
Andrew Castillo (left) and Eddie Koen
(l to r): Elyn Moldow, Rabbi Evette Lutman, Joan Wallis and Rabbi Karen Gorban
Rev. Dr. James E. Fouther, Jr., United Church of Montbello
Habitat homeowner Angel Meza and family, CEO Heather Lafferty and board VP Steve Shaffer
Top Tier: The Integer Group, Citywide Banks, EKS&H, Fidelity National Title, Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Business Bank, Mercury, 5280 Home; see website for additional information
From Footers Catering: Homemade quiche with warm egg, cheese and seasonal veggies baked with flaky crust; caramelized bacon; fresh fruit salad; orange juice, coffee, hot tea and iced water
Come as you are
Lea Abeyta, Annual Fund Manager
Jay Cozza, Kate Jenulis, Mike Gestwick, Rebecca Raney, Sara Wilhelm, Meg Griffin, Tara Thorne and Andrew Thorne
Board of Directors:
David Honeyfield, Board President; Steve Shaffer, Board Vice President; Kristin Jacobs, Board Treasurer; Michael Criner, Board Secretary Retired; Nicole R. Ament, Assistant Board Secretary; Marc Ducnuigeen, Roxanne Fie, Jaime Gomez, Lisa A. Goodbee, Peter E. Kalan, David Karnell (Retired), Gretchen Lenamond, Michael R. Miller, Tom Sattler, Molly Urbina, Tim Wieland