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Habitat for Humanity invites the community to the Overall Ball

Scott Iwasaki

Two of the goals for the annual Overall Ball, presented by Habitat for Humanity Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah, are to have fun and celebrate with donors who support the nonprofit every year.

"It’s really important for us to show our gratitude for everyone who fund us and who volunteer for us in one place," said Shellie Barrus, Habitat’s executive director. "We also like to meet new people who want to know more about what we do in a casual, non-formal environment.

"We also enjoy talking a little more about what we’ve done each year and what’s coming," she said. "It’s about putting a face to what we do. I think that’s very important."

Habitat’s fifth annual Overall Ball will be held at Canyons Grand Summit Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 14. Check in is 5:30 p.m.

"We’re grateful for Vail’s EpicPromise," Barrus said. "They’re hosting our event and providing an amazing meal for our guests as well as valet parking."

Deadline to register and get tickets is Nov. 10. Visit http://www.habitat-org to register.

The event, which is also the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will feature a sit-down dinner and dessert, live and silent auctions, an overall and hard-hat costume contest and live music by the Peanut Benders, said Lisa Schneider, director of business development and communications.

"It’s turned into quite the signature event for Habitat and raises a significant portion of our budget," she said.

The evening will include a short program featuring news and presentations by staff and individuals who have been touched by Habitat for Humanity’s services, Barrus said.

"People meet some of our Habitat families or see them in our videos and realize that these people are really us as a community," she said. "We are so excited that we are about to hold our fifth annual Overall Ball."

The silent and live auctions are filled with various packages, items and experiences donated from businesses and people from the community, according to Schneider.

"One of the items is a women’s’ build week led by Olympic freestyle medalist Shannon Bahrke," she said. "It’s a nationwide movement through Habitat to engage women to be empowered in their abilities to come out to a Habitat build site to work on a home."

Other items include gear from Skullcandy and RAMP Sports, a fly-fishing getaway from Fish Heads in Heber at stay at the Blue Boar Inn, a private skeet-shooting session, donated by Blue Sky Ranch.

"It makes me emotional to see how these businesses continue to give and support us," Barrus said.

Park City-based lawyer and stand-up comedian David Williams will emcee the evening.

"He is such a fun and caring person," Barrus said. "I remember meeting with him and didn’t want the meeting to end."

One of the highlights of the Overall Ball is the fund-a-cause, which allows donors to give directly to a certain part of Habitat’s programming and mission.

"We lay out sections or pieces of a home, such as doors and windows, that people can select and donate specifically to," Barrus said. "We do this sort of live-auction style, and people can donate at whatever level that they can. Furthermore, it’s 100 percent tax deductible."

Habitat also will present this year’s growing challenge grant, Schneider said.

"We have a leaning-board gift of $10,000 and we are looking to building it up a little higher that that," she said. "We want to invited guests to hopefully see the value of matching or even beating the total."

The funds raised during the Overall Ball will benefit Habitat’s various programs that help fulfill its mission of "building and selling homes for working members of our community, so families in our area can live more proximately to the areas where they work, play and go to school."

"These are the people who make our community work," Schneider said. "They are the people who ensure all the services we rely on in this community happen every day.

"There are well more than 10,000 people a day commuting to the basin to work and this is a big number and is growing," she said. "It’s the workforce growth that is contributing to the traffic. Believe it or not, traffic and housing are like brother and sister. They are tied together."

So, the public needs to decide what kind of community it wants.

"Do we want it to be a bedroom community where people drive 45 minutes to an hour to a job where they make $12 an hour, or do we want some of our workforce to live closer and what would that take? Habitat puts a face to this issue," Schneider said. "It’s very easy for us to get busy with our day checking off the boxes on our to-do list and not remember the people who fix our cars, service our coffee, serve us lunch and help us at the ski resorts are the ones who actually make it work. And Habitat can bring that face to the community and compassionately connect the dots in a way that is real."

Last year, Habitat brought in an AmeriCorps and Triple C group for the summer.

"They were here for only seven weeks, but worked hard on our Brush with Kindness projects," Barrus said. "They completed 12 projects in the community. We worked with senior citizens in Coalville and did some yard clean up and little repair projects around their homes."

The groups also did a handful of fire mitigation projects with the local fire departments, and performed some community and maintenance work on the park and fairgrounds in Coalville.

As part of Habitat’s Home Repair Preservation Program, the group worked with the Summit County Health Department on septic systems repairs.

"That was new for us, but it was also a health, life and safety project and we were happy to work on it," Barrus said. "We really felt like we made a difference for that family and the community."

Groups also worked on a home weatherization project.

"Some of people who benefit from [our] programs are those who have lived in the community for a while," Schneider said. "They most likely own their homes and fall in the low-to-moderate income bracket."

Many are retired, veterans or disabled.

"They are usually people who can’t do a big project by themselves or they maybe don’t have the financial means," Schneider said.

Partnerships with Habitat makes these projects doable.

"We have partnered with Summit and Wasatch counties and we reach out to senior centers to make sure we’re touching the right people and finding out what the community needs," Schneider said. "We ask what people need and what resources can we bring in to meet those needs. If we can send a rover to Mars, we can darn well look at how we can solve our housing problems."

It just takes the will and desire to do it, according to Barrus.

"Look at this community and you will see we have resources and people who care," she said. "Habitat can bring these different resources together. When we do, the power is exponential."

This is where the Overall Ball comes in.

"It connects hearts and minds," Schneider said. "If we can connect people’s hearts to the issue, then we have a basis to connect their minds to the solution."

Habitat for Humanity Summit & Wasatch County, Utah, will present its fifth annual Overall Ball at Canyons’ Grand Summit Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 14. Check in is 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 10. For more information or to register, call 435-658-1400 or visit Habitat-utah.org.