Haslam to speak at Wilson Habitat for Humanity dinner

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Gov. Haslam will be the special guest speaker at Wilson Habitat for Humanity’s annual Houses of Hope fundraising dinner Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theater in Lebanon, according to Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat. 

Wilson Habitat is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first house built in Wilson County.

“Gov. Haslam was a founding board member for Habitat in Knoxville,” said Tredway. “He knows what’s involved in starting a Habitat affiliate and will help us acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our original board of directors in Wilson County at the dinner.”

Haslam was elected in 2010, winning 90 out of 95 counties and securing the largest victory of any non-incumbent gubernatorial candidate in the state’s history. Economic growth and education are two of Haslam’s top initiatives leading to Tennessee’s ranking by Business Facilities as “State of the Year” for economic development. Haslam recently celebrated his 32nd wedding anniversary with wife, Crissy. The Haslams have three children and two grandchildren.

Houses of Hope is an annual fundraiser that supports the work of Habitat in Wilson county. To date, Wilson Habitat has built 59 houses and renovated three, serving 62 families in Wilson County. The annual event is a great opportunity to learn more about the important work of the local Habitat affiliate. There will be a request for financial support at the end of the program.

The dinner will feature comments from the first Habitat homeowner in Wilson County, special awards and recognition of the founding board of directors.

“The founding board members set the course for this organization with their vision and commitment,” said Tredway. “We are grateful for all the time and effort they gave. We are thankful for the continued work of all the board members over the past 20 years, and we want to express our gratitude at this dinner.”

Tredway also said attempts were made to contact all past board members, but the process has been challenging.  

“If there are any past board members who have not yet received an invitation, I encourage them to contact our office. We would love for them to attend the dinner and be recognized,” said Tredway. 

Past board members may contact Tredway at 615-453-4539.

Wilson Habitat will start its 60th home on May 31 at 410 Alydar Drive in Watertown. Habitat for Humanity seeks corporate, faith and individual contributions to fund its work to help lower-income families buy a home with a zero percent interest mortgage rate. Volunteers help Habitat partner families build their homes on the weekends, completing an entire home in four weekends. This enables Habitat to offer a zero percent interest mortgage rate and to help fund the next Habitat family.

To attend the Houses of Hope fundraising dinner or to learn more about Habitat’s upcoming year, contact Tredway at 615-453-4539.

Wilson Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to buy and own quality, affordable homes. Before becoming homeowners, Habitat partner families attend home education classes, work at the build site and volunteer at Habitat’s retail outlet, the ReStore. 

To request an application or to receive more information about Wilson Habitat for Humanity, call 615-453-4539 or visit habitatnashville.org/divisions/Wilson.

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