The mission of the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity Summit and Wasatch Counties, a branch of Habitat for Humanity International, is to build and sell homes for working members in the surrounding community.

To accomplish the goal, a large amount of funding is needed.

Since being established in 1995, Habitat for Humanity Summit and Wasatch County has organized different fundraisers, said Executive Director Lisa Schneider.

"We've put on 5K runs and triathlons, garden parties and casino nights," Schneider said in an interview. "They were all very fun events, but we felt our fundraising goals were much higher than what we could do with those events."

So, last year, they presented their first gala called the Overall Ball.

"We felt a gala was more the direction we needed to go," Schneider said.

The event was a success, so, Habitat decided to do a second annual event that will be held at The Yard on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The night will include appetizers, libations, dinner, live music, a live auction and a silent auction.

"The music will be provided by the Park City High School Jazz Ensemble," Schneider said. "Last year they did such a great job, so we wanted them to do it again."

Some of the items that will be auctioned during the event will include a Laguna Beach Montage getaway that includes airfare, an "Out of This World" Jupiter Bowl party for 20 people and a porcini and vino dinner.


"The dinner is an event where up to eight people will be able to go out in the Uintas when the porcinis are in season with a first-generation family who knows how to look for and harvest the mushrooms," Schneider said. "Afterwards, everyone will go to this family's home and enjoy a traditional Italian meal."

Sponsors include Chuck and Carla Coonradt, Deer Valley Resort, Swire/Coca-Cola, Harvest Moon Events, Done to Your Taste Catering, Photography by Neets and Mountainside Printing.

"We are very appreciative of all they have done for us," Schneider said.

The emcee will be Hollywood screenwriter Jack Amiel, who is known for the family film about a whale rescue called "Big Miracle."

"Jack is also a comedian and he will be working with auctioneer Tim Partridge," Schneider said.

The money raised during the auctions will benefit Habitat for Humanity's various projects for the next year, including the affordable housing project on Marsac Avenue.

Last week, Habitat was given a LEED Platinum Award for one of the houses at 157 Marsac Avenue, and teams are framing another house right next door, Schneider said.

"We also have a restoration project in Heber that we're doing," she said.

While most fundraising galas require a black tie, the Overall Ball doesn't.

"We refer to the Overall Ball as the 'best dressed-down gala in town,'" Schneider said. "People, especially the gentlemen, have told me that they are so happy to be able to come to a gala wearing their jeans and not have to dress up.

"They have told me that they like wearing something comfortable to an event," she said.

"We have the mountain casual cowboy boots, Wranglers or ski-sports wear, which is how we are up here in Summit County, and then there's the construction theme and we welcome hard hats and overalls."

This year, like last year, the night will feature a hard-hat and overalls decorating contest.

"Jay Cooper, who doesn't live here anymore, won last year's hard-hat contest after he glued fuzzy balls on a hard hat," Schneider said. "And Elizabeth Thompson won for her overalls that honored breast cancer. She took her overalls and some pink fabric and made this beautiful gown and put some pink ribbons on it."

This year, the entire planning team is going to do something very special with their overalls, Schneider said.

"There are a lot of things people can do and we encourage everyone to be creative," she said.

Habitat for Humanity's Overall Ball will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Yard. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. For tickets call (435) 658-1400 or visit www.habitat-org.