Beyond the Build Luncheon 2022

Beyond the Build Luncheon 2022

Thursday June 2 | WA State Convention Center

Mark your calendars for our annual Beyond the Build Luncheon!

Join us as we gather at our luncheon on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, where we’ll celebrate accomplishments, look to the work ahead, and honor longtime supporters.

As more families in Seattle struggle to keep a roof over their heads, Habitat and our supporters step up to provide safe and affordable housing to those who need it most.

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Thanks to YOU We Surpassed Our Fundraising Goals at the 2021 Beyond the Build!

Wow – our community stepped up AGAIN to help us surpass last year’s amazing fundraising goals at this year’s Beyond the Build virtual event. We are thrilled to announce that we raised $1.64 million – even more than the record-breaking $1.42 million raised last year.

The June 3rd event was emceed by Dave Wagner of KIRO 7, and featured a keynote by Matthew Desmond, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, and the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Funds raised will support Habitat’s partner families and ensure the ability for Habitat to continue to move forward with an ambitious agenda to provide solutions to the Puget Sound region’s affordable housing and homeless crisis. Attendees donating $1,000 or more also gained entrance to an exclusive live VIP reception with Mr. Desmond following the event. View individual presentations, the full hour-long program and the VIP reception here

“Our community has again stepped up with amazing support during an unprecedented time in our region where housing affordability is increasingly unstable and homelessness at crisis levels.  It is clear we were able to communicate the urgency of our mission, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with and grateful for this result.”

Brett D’Antonio, Habitat SKC CEO

This year Habitat for Humanity Seattle–King County is celebrating 35 years serving hard-working and deserving families in King County, and while the organization is proud of what it has accomplished, it recognizes the urgency to address an even more significant need in the region. With 200 units in eight projects currently in its development pipeline, the organization has implemented innovative partnerships with private and public entities in order to help meet the need. Projects sites include those in South Park, Lake City, Renton, North and Central Seattle, North Bend and Burien. Additionally, two more will come online soon in West Seattle and Capitol Hill.

Brett added, “We couldn’t have achieved this amazing result without the support of our corporate and foundation partners, that at the platinum and gold levels included Microsoft, Bank of America, HomeStreet Bank, Regence, BECU, Blueprint Capital, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The ROMA Foundation, Lenore Hanauer Foundation, Credit Union Home Mortgage Solutions, FHLB, KLB Construction, The John C. & Karyl Kay Hughes Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, Suskin Foundation, Joshua Green Foundation and the Harnish Foundation.”

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) was honored with its Community Leader of the Year award, and Nancy Williams with its Volunteer of the Year award for serving as the local leader for Habitat’s annual Women Build Week. Nancy has been instrumental in volunteer recruitment, event support, and providing supplies to our build sites. In 2019, she recruited over 40 volunteers to join us at Habitat’s Sammamish site for a Women Build that raised $250,000 for the affiliate.

MBAKS’ partnership with Habitat has spanned 20 years, and incorporates engagement of its employees and members with significant financial support. Former MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims is a valued Habitat Board Member, and Habitat credits MBAKS’ COVID construction toolkit as critical in ensuring that construction was able to continue on Habitat project sites.

Habitat Explores the ‘Importance of Home’ During Annual Beyond the Build

SEATTLE (May 7, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity Seattle–King County is readying for its annual fundraising event, Beyond the Build on Thursday, June 3. Emceed by Dave Wagner of KIRO 7, the virtual event will feature a keynote by Matthew Desmond, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, and the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Funds raised will support Habitat’s partner families and ensure the ability for Habitat to continue to move forward with an ambitious agenda to provide solutions to the Puget Sound region’s affordable housing and homeless crisis. Attendees donating $1,000 or more will gain entrance to an exclusive live VIP reception with Mr. Desmond.

This year Habitat for Humanity Seattle–King County is celebrating 35 years serving hard-working and deserving families in King County, and while the organization is proud of what it has accomplished, it recognizes the urgency to address an even more significant need in the region. With 200 units in eight projects currently in its development pipeline, the organization has implemented innovative partnerships with private and public entities in order to help meet the need. Projects sites include those in South Park, Lake City, Renton, North and Central Seattle, North Bend and Burien. Additionally, two more will come online soon in West Seattle and Capitol Hill.

During the luncheon, Habitat will celebrate its work over the past 35 years, and communicate the need for support to continue its important work for the next 35 years. Attendees will hear from a variety of local and national elected officials and celebrities who are joining in the anniversary celebration and sharing what the ‘importance of home’ means to them.

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) will be honored with its Community Leader of the Year award, and Nancy Williams with its Volunteer of the Year award for serving as the local leader for Habitat’s annual Women Build Week. Nancy has been instrumental in volunteer recruitment, event support, and providing supplies to our build sites. In 2019, she recruited over 40 volunteers to join us at Habitat’s Sammamish site for a Women Build that raised $250,000 for the affiliate.

MBAKS’ partnership with Habitat has spanned 20 years, and incorporates engagement of its employees and members with significant financial support. Former MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims is a valued Habitat Board Member, and Habitat credits MBAKS’ COVID construction toolkit as critical in ensuring that construction was able to continue on Habitat project sites.

Said Brett D’Antonio, Habitat for Humanity Seattle–King County CEO, “We are excited by the wonderful program we have developed this year, and the knowledge and insight we’ll receive from Matthew Desmond’s participation. We have much to celebrate, but also much to do and are grateful for and committed to ensuring that all funds raised are put toward the best possible use during these challenging times.”

To register, visit the 2021 Luncheon page.

Desmond Beyond the Build Invite 2021

About Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County

In King and Kittitas Counties, and around the world, Habitat for Humanity brings people together as volunteers, homeowners, donors and community members to create strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The organization was named by Engage for Good as its 2020 Golden Halo Award nonprofit winner, the group’s highest honor for causes that engage in activities designed to do well by doing good.

In our local community, Habitat for Humanity constructs affordable homes, revitalizes

neighborhoods, repairs homes for low-income people and seniors, operates discount home improvement stores in Auburn, Southcenter, Bellevue, and Ellensburg, and mobilizes nearly 4,500 volunteers a year.

2021 Beyond the Build to Feature Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Matthew Desmond

Desmond Beyond the Build Invite 2021

We are so thrilled to announce that Matthew Desmond, the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, and the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will be our keynote speaker for the 2021 Beyond the Build Benefit.

Beyond the Build 2021 Benefit

June 3, 2021 | 12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Matthew’s keynote could not be more timely given the significant impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on affordable housing, even considering how limited the Puget Sound region’s affordable housing landscape was pre-COVID. The resulting loss of a large number of service-sector jobs has now put hard-working, low-income families at risk of eviction.

In his acclaimed book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew provides a look into the eviction situation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is told through the stories of families he lived with while researching his book.

The effects of his experiences go far beyond inadequate shelter, Matthew says. “I think that whatever we care about — whatever is our issue that keeps us up at night — a lack of affordable housing is going to be somewhere at the center of it.”

Register now for this amazing chance to hear more about these personal stories, and how you can help change this landscape and the future for us all – and help us celebrate our affiliate’s 35th anniversary!