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Habitat Detroit Honors “Stars” at 5th Annual Red Carpet Bash

Habitat Detroit Honors “Stars” at 5th Annual Red Carpet Bash 1000 400 habitatdetroit

On Saturday, February 27, Habitat for Humanity Detroit held its 5th Annual Red Carpet Bash, sponsored by Lear Corporation, at the beautiful Fillmore Theater in the heart of Detroit.

This evening included many visual artistic expressions including:

The event’s primary purpose was to honor the “stars” of Habitat Detroit – its volunteers, sponsors, community partners, homeowners and supporters.

Habbie Awards were given out to specific individuals in the following categories:

  • Construction Volunteer of the Year:  Craig Erzen
  • Non-Construction Volunteer of the Year:  Dorothy Rothgery
  • ReStore Volunteer of the Year:  Ernie Medeima
  • Blazing Blitzer Volunteer Award:  Vaughn Tolliver
  • Newbie Volunteer Award:  John Sims
  • Scot Norris Super Hero Volunteer Award:  Grosse Pointe Partners
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:  George Nicholson III and Jack Frakes
  • Sponsor of the Year:  Delta Airlines
  • Faith Partner of the Year:  Bethany Lutheran Church
  • Community Partner of the Year:  J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy
  • Homeowner of the Year:  Aretha Theus

Thank you to all for attending and supporting Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

Habitat Detroit and College for Creative Studies Collaborates on Project

Habitat Detroit and College for Creative Studies Collaborates on Project 1000 400 habitatdetroit

Habitat for Humanity Detroit Collaborates with College for Creative Studies to Raise Awareness for Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Issues

“Opening Doors of Opportunity” Art Exhibit Collaboration Begins

Detroit, Michigan – January 28, 2016 Habitat for Humanity Detroit and College for Creative Studies (CCS) is collaborating on a project where students will create art projects out of thirty recycled doors. Students from the Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Crafts programs will create meaningful and artful displays from doors donated from the Habitat for Humanity Detroit ReStore.

The “Opening Doors of Opportunity” Campaign is a chance for optimism to meet opportunity in the narrative surrounding the rebuilding of Detroit. With the continued rebuilding efforts surrounding downtown, Midtown and other business districts of Detroit, the neighborhoods are needing the same thrust of financial, community, political and public support. The significance of thirty doors is that it represents Habitat Detroit celebrating 30 years of impact in Detroit neighborhoods.

This campaign will be a traveling art exhibit around the city of Detroit and other targeted areas to bring attention to the need for affordable housing and encouraging people to move back to the neighborhoods of Detroit. The exhibit will center on wooden doors donated from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and will be designed, decorated and/or otherwise embellished to represent the need for rebuilding the neighborhoods and affordable home ownership in Detroit.

“We are very excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity Detroit on this project to raise the consciousness of the general public around the issue of housing and the need for neighborhood revitalization in the city of Detroit,” says Vince Carducci, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at College for Creative Studies.

It is envisioned that these doors will be placed in large traffic areas in the city of Detroit where passersby will stop, admire and engage with their personal stake in the redevelopment of Detroit’s neighborhoods. These doors will truly reflect the opportunities in waiting for a city reborn through its neighborhoods.

Each door will be individually designed as part of a contest for students at CCS. Students will have a chance to select a door, design and embellish it as each artist sees fit, then will enter it as a contestant where a juried panel as well as the public will have a chance to vote on the best designed door. The gallery exhibit opening will coincide with Habitat Detroit’s Red Carpet Bash on February 27. The top 3 winners will be announced at the event and will receive a scholarship toward their college tuition.

For doors that are appropriate to fit and suitable for installation, they could end up in a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in 2016.

“We’re honored and grateful to College for Creative Studies for helping us generate awareness for our mission to build safe, affordable housing in Detroit neighborhoods,” says Ken Cockrel, Jr., Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

If your company or organization would like more information about displaying one or more of these doors after Red Carpet Bash on February 27, please contact Lisa Prince at Habitat for Humanity Detroit (lprince@habitatdetroit.org).

 

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About Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Habitat for Humanity Detroit is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing decent, safe and affordable housing to low-income families in Detroit. Since 1986, the Detroit affiliate has rehabilitated and/or built new houses in partnership with more than 350 families. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations and volunteer labor allow Habitat for Humanity Detroit to continue building affordable homes with those in need of improved housing. For more information please visit www.habitatdetroit.org or call (313) 521-6691.

For information on Red Carpet Bash, please visit www.redcarpetbashdetroit.com

For information on Metro ReStores, please visit www.metrorestores.org

 

About College for Creative Studies

Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) educates artists and designers to be leaders in the creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees.

Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing and Precollege Studies programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

Nominations for the 2016 Habbies

Nominations for the 2016 Habbies 1000 400 habitatdetroit

Today, the nominees were announced for the Academy Awards. We’re also announcing the nominees for the 2016 Habbies! We’re so thankful and excited to celebrate with all of these nominees and all of our volunteers, sponsors, community partners and supporters at the 5th Annual Red Carpet Bash on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Join us as we celebrate Habitat Detroit’s 30th Anniversary of impact in Detroit neighborhoods! Buy your tickets and reserve your spot today at www.redcarpetbashdetroit.com.

2016 Habbie Nominations

All nominees have been submitted by volunteers and staff of Habitat for Humanity Detroit. Each nominee has worked hard and dedicated many hours throughout 2015 to support and elevate the mission of Habitat Detroit.

Scot Norris Super Hero Award

  • Bob Layne
  • Grosse Pointe Partners
  • Gary Earnley

 

ReStore Volunteer of the Year

  • Michael Page
  • Ernie Miedema
  • Chris Ghanem

 

Non-Construction Volunteer of the Year

  • Carol McCall
  • Dave Buckler
  • Bonnie Dunkerley
  • Donna Woods
  • George Nicholson III
  • Dorothy Rothgery

Construction Volunteer of the Year

  • Craig Erzen
  • Ted Fly
  • John Sims

 

Blazing Blitzer – an award specifically for those volunteers who went above and beyond during Blitz Build 2015

  • Vaughn Tolliver
  • Katie Williams

 

Habbie Newbie – an award for first time Habitat Detroit volunteers who have gone above and beyond during 2015

  • Ken Pierce
  • John Sims

We welcome Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as new Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Detroit

We welcome Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as new Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Detroit 1002 401 habitatdetroit

KenCockrelJrHabitat for Humanity Detroit, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, whose nonprofit mission is to provide low-income working families with decent, affordable housing in which they can raise their families, has announced the selection of Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as its new executive director.  The selection was made after a thorough six month search process.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Board Chairman Bishop Edgar Vann ll.  “Ken will bring leadership and creativity to the organization and will strive to strengthen our programs with a deep sense of commitment.  Ken has the experience, the knowledge base and the relationships to be successful in helping us reach our goals and objectives. We are looking forward to him taking Habitat Detroit to the next level.”

Previously, Ken served as the executive director for the Detroit Future City Implementation Office. In that capacity, Ken led a 13 person team in efforts to realize the potential of the Detroit Strategic Framework, a 353 page document which lays out a 50-year land use vision for Detroit.

Prior to this, Ken had an illustrious political career, serving on the Detroit City Council for 16 years, including one term as City Council president, as well as serving four terms on the Wayne County Commission. He also served as Mayor of Detroit in 2008-09, following Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s resignation.

As a Detroit city councilmember, Ken passed several very important pieces of legislation including: ordinances to prevent the over-concentration of liquor stores, pawn shops, and other disruptive businesses in residential neighborhoods and an ordinance mandating timely payment of vendors. He also established the Green Task Force to educate the Detroit community on green principles and encourage the implementation of green practices in new construction, existing buildings, neighborhood revitalization and government operations.

Ken has a B.A. degree in journalism from Wayne State University, where he graduated cum laude.  He also holds a M.A. in International Relations from American University in Dublin, Ireland.

“I am looking forward to this new challenge and continuing to serve the public in this important role,” states Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.  “I am dedicated to the nonprofit sector because it provides vital human services and cultural enrichment to our communities.  Habitat for Humanity plays a key role in visioning and championing Detroit’s neighborhood revitalization and I’m excited to lead this great organization into the future.”

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