Habitat for Humanity held their LA Builders Ball on September 27th, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. This annual event celebrates those in the building and real estate industry working with Habitat LA who are helping transform the landscape of Los Angeles. Partners and donors also joined in the evening to raise awareness and funds to help them reach their goal of empowering families and building strength in their communities through homeownership. Celebrity attendees such as Tina Knowles, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Kate Linder, Brett Lockett, and many others enjoyed a VIP reception followed by a 3-course dinner.
The evening included 3 award recipients: Actress and singer, Holly Robinson Peete, was honored with the Dream Builder Award for her commitment to helping those in need through the HollyRod Foundation, which “provides compassionate care and services to underserved individuals and families that are financially and emotionally affected by autism and Parkinson’s disease.” Holly has volunteered with Habitat LA several times and has served as its National Women Build Week spokeswomen.
Los Angeles’ professional soccer team, LA Galaxy, was honored with the Foundation Builder Award in recognition of their commitment to helping those in need through the LA Galaxy Foundation. The team had been an important partner and long-time supporter of Habitat LA for nearly a decade. The LA Galaxy Foundation has uplifted communities through soccer programming that promotes inclusion for all athletes, education opportunities, and a strong spirit of volunteerism.
Watt Companies, one of the nation’s largest owners, developers, and managers of residential and commercial real estate on the West Coast received the Builder of the Year Award for their commitment to creating holistic communities to work and grow while incorporating quality and innovation. Since their founding over 70 years ago, Watt Companies has been committed to finding solutions to resolve the homelessness crisis and the Watt family has a strong continued commitment to affordable housing solutions.
To conclude the charitable festivities, attendees were treated to a special musical performance by world-famous percussionist and entertainer, Sheila E.