Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln celebrated its 30th anniversary Feb. 3 at Creekside Event Barn in Roca with a night of honors, dinner, cocktails, birthday cake and a premiere Toolbelt Fashion Show and Auction.
Master of ceremonies Matt McKay from 106.3 KFRX hosted the evening, which included special guest speaker Beth Duffek, who moved into the very first Habitat Lincoln home (built from 1988-89) with her father and brother. Duffek recounted memories of her family's rental home that was across the street from a corn elevator, and many times they had snakes and mice inside their home.
Throughout her talk, Duffek reminisced, alongside photos of the build process, about the home her mother dreamed of building, but sadly she passed away shortly before the home was completed. Nevertheless, the Duffeks realized their mother’s dream, which Beth continues today as she has moved her family into her childhood home that provided her with safety, stability and hope 30 years ago.
Volunteer awards honoring longtime volunteers Joe Dappen and Tom Scott, as well as Chuck Sutton, were presented to Margie Dickinson for Outstanding Volunteer and Bill Utley for Outstanding Construction Volunteer, recognizing their service and dedication to building decent, affordable housing in Lancaster County.
Former board of directors member and past president Jo Lewis shared her passion for Habitat for Humanity. With her leadership in real estate and passion to help others, Habitat Lincoln built home No. 50 during Lewis’s board service.
To end the program, Habitat Lincoln debuted its 30 Years Celebration video, emphasizing the impact a stable home has on its occupants. The video can be found at lincolnhabitat.org.
The evening concluded with Habitat Lincoln’s Premiere Toolbelt Fashion Show and Live Auction. Models showcased several themed toolbelts while Habitat board of director member Matt Kasik performed as auctioneer. Attendees bid fast and high on packages, which included: A Night Out, Family Fun, Fitness Fun, New Homeowner, Pamper Yourself, Road Trip: KC, Super Bowl, Master Griller and Go Big Red!
All proceeds from the evening purchase the required building materials and subcontractors used in building local Habitat for Humanity homes. The evening raised more than $20,000.
Habitat Lincoln’s 30 Years Celebration was sponsored by Ameritas, US Bank, Union Bank and other generous community supporters.