LOS ANGELES February 13, 2018
Homes 4 Families (H4F) will host its annual Hearts for Heroes Builder’s Ball at the Universal Sheraton Hotel on February 16, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit empowers low-income veterans and their families to enter the middle class by providing them with affordable housing and holistic services that build resiliency, self-sufficiency and economic growth. Awards will be presented to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and H4F Board Director Tom Stemnock. The event will be chaired by Karen Brown, Sr. VP/Commercial Lending Team Leader, San Fernando Valley Region, First Bank.
“The Builder’s Ball is our largest fundraising event of the year, and we’re thrilled to bring the community of Los Angeles together to recognize the outstanding work of our deserving award recipients,” said Donna Deutchman, President and CEO. “Our honorees’ efforts in helping empower our veterans and their families are essential to their transitions back home.”
Dr. Vito Imbasciani, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), will present an award to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. Like Homes 4 Families, Lockheed Martin is committed to enabling transitioning veterans and their families to connect with their communities and find new purpose as they reintegrate into civilian life. Lockheed Martin has a long-standing commitment to successful job transition for America's veterans and today employs approximately 20,000 veterans. For 75 years, Skunk Works has built a rich history of aerospace innovation in Los Angeles and is proud to continue its commitment to strengthen the quality of life in the local community.
Homes 4 Families Board Member Tom Stemnock will also receive an award to be presented by former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno. Stemnock is a civil engineer and land use planner with over 40 years of experience in the development of residential, commercial and industrial properties in the City of Los Angeles. He is the owner of Planning Associates, Inc., a professional consulting firm which provides environmental land use planning and development entitlement services to clients for projects in Los Angeles. Stemnock has served on the Board of H4F for 15 years.
Several other local politicians will be in attendance as well, including U.S. Congressman Steve Knight, U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman, California Senator Scott Wilk, California Assemblyman Tom Lackey, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste, Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean, L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Santa Clarita City Councilmember Bill Miranda, and Santa Clarita City Councilmember Cameron Smythe.
Acclaimed singer, writer and actor Brad Sharp will sing the national anthem to open the event, which will be hosted by actress Alison Haislip, known most recently as the sideline commentator for ABC’s "BattleBots." Longtime "Major Crimes" star Tony Denison will announce the launch of the organization’s new Celebs4Vets initiative which will kick off on March 10th with its first-ever Celebs4Vets Build. Celebrities comprising teams from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as an All-Stars team, will raise money while spending the day building the remaining 18 homes of a 78-home Enriched Neighborhood® for low-income veterans and their families.
Mark “Bubba” Johnson, an Army veteran and single father of three, who will soon be moving into one of the new homes in the Enriched Neighborhood®, will speak about his experience as a transitioning veteran and the impact his new home will have for his family.
The Builders Ball will feature Homes 4 Families announcements, a live auction, dinner, and a new video for the organization narrated by Oscar-winner Keith Carradine, a member of the organization’s Celebs4Vets.
About Homes 4 Families:
Homes 4 Families (http://www.homes4families.org) empowers low-income veterans and their families to enter the middle class through affordable, full-equity homeownership and sustainable housing combined with holistic services that build resiliency, self-sufficiency and economic growth. Through its outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood® model, the nonprofit provides servicemen, servicewomen and their families with comprehensive wraparound services that equip them to succeed in civilian life, including financial education, therapeutic workshops, trauma-informed programs and veteran-to-veteran support. With more than ten years of research-backed experience and success, Homes 4 Families works closely with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and others to build permanent, thriving veteran communities.
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