Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Golden Hammer Breakfast
Cape Fear Habitat Celebrates 30 Years, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Celebrates 6th Build
Posted: May 02, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Honor Tarpenning
Today, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage had the privilege of hosting three tables at the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Golden Hammer Breakfast. The event, themed “The Year of the Pearl,” celebrated 30 years of Habitat “building strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership” in the Cape Fear Region.
This breakfast held exceptional meaning for the many Sea Coasters in attendance, as this was the culmination of a journey that we began over a year ago with a pledge to build our 6th Home for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Event planning, check writing, hammer swinging and all other manner of support was offered up by our Sea Coast Family, driven by our President, Tim Milam’s motto, “do something nice for someone every week.”
The program was emceed by WECT News personality, Jon Evans. Samantha Aryeetey, recipient of the 6th Sea Coast build, offered the blessing, and was followed by Cape Fear Habit for Humanity Executive Director, Steve Spain, who extended Habitat’s thanks to the volunteers, contributors, and staff who keep Habitat going. “The dream of homeownership is alive and well in the Cape Fear Region,” said Spain.
Lynne Wooten, Director of Development for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, introduced guest speaker, Wells Fargo Regional President, Kendall Alley, who discussed the substantial charitable contributions Wells Fargo has made in our region, as well as the enormous positive impact expected by the Wells Fargo Championship. The PGA event, most recently held in Charlotte, is the first time Professional Golf has found its way to Eastern North Carolina since the 1970s.
Damion & Tasha Allison, Habitat Homeowners, discussed the impact their involvement with Habitat has had on their lives, as well as the lives of their children. “This was God’s plan from the very start,” Damion said. They were followed by comments from Samantha Aryeetey, who brought her daughter with her to the stage.
Working side by side with Samantha, building her new home, we have happily wrapped her into our Sea Coast Family. “I had no one when I moved here,” she said, “and now I have a church family, and I have Coldwell Banker.”
As the driving force of the Sea Coast Habitat effort, Vice President Carolyn Thomason had the opportunity to become fast friends with Aryeetey. “When we committed to doing our 6th Habitat House, I agreed to organize the volunteers from our Company to assist with the 12 work weeks. It never occurred to me that this would be become an incredible gift to me, to be a part of something that was so magical and inspiring as I watched my co-workers dig-in to create someone’s dream,” said Thomason. “Samantha has become a permanent part of my heart and I know our Sea Coast family will forever embrace this powerful journey we had together.”
Chris Royal, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Leland Office Managing Broker, along with his tireless team raised thousands towards this build. “I am so incredibly proud to be associated with such a great team of agents in our Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Leland office, who worked tirelessly from October to February to organize and plan our Leland Habitat Dinner Dance which contributed over $15K toward the home build for a gracious and worthy homeowner, Samantha Aryeetey!” Said Royal, “it was so rewarding and fulfilling to witness the pride and joy exhibited by Samantha and her daughters at the dedication of her home!”
Following Samantha, Barbara Birkenheuer, former Habitat Executive Director, discussed a little about the history of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. “We come together as a community to help others,” she said, “we do it because we believe we are supposed to.”
Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity founders Reid and Linda Murchison spoke next, reminding the audience that “Habitat is not a hand out, it’s a hand up...It is a tangible, concrete way of putting love into action,” said Reid, “it is sound fiscally, it is sound spiritually.” Habitat Board President, Craig Johnson, followed, closing the program and asking that the Murchisons return to the stage to receive a gift to represent the Habit Board’s appreciation of their philanthropic vision over the last 30 years.
The event resolved with a lot of hugs, and a few tears, as attendees parted ways. There are few better ways to start the day than with Habitat for Humanity. If you’ve never been involved with a Habitat build, we at Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage strongly recommend it.