Habitat upcycles for the annual Overall Ball
September 6, 2013
Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties calls its annual Overall Ball fundraiser the "Best dress-down gala in town."
The main reason is simple — a tie, black or otherwise, is not required for entry, said executive director Lisa Schneider.
"The guys love they don’t have to wear a tuxedo," Schneider told The Park Record. "They can come in jeans and flannel shirt and are good to go.
"We do, however, encourage a group who come together to take on a theme," she said. "A table of people can be something like ‘The Plumbers or Park City’ or something like that."
The third annual Overall Ball will be held at The Yard event center, 1251 Kearns Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
The evening will feature live music, contests for the best overalls and decorated hard-hats and a live and silent auction.
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Individual tickets are $150 and a table of eight can be reserved for $1,000. Tickets can be purchased through Sept. 16 by visiting http://www.habitat-utah.org .
The money raised during the event will go toward Habitat’s 2014 projects, Schneider said.
"This year, Habitat will take a hard look at what is out there that has yet to be addressed," she said. "We have worked hard the past couple of years to complete homes on Marsac Avenue and have done a renovation of a home in Heber City. And we’ve continued to do home maintenance and repairs in Summit County.
"As we look ahead, we see so many housing issues — safety, health and renovations — that still need to be done," Schneider said.
One of the new attractions for this year’s ball is the ReStore lounge/Green Pavilion.
"We have been wanting to do this from the very beginning," Schneider said. "We have been accepting donations for our ReStore program for years, and last year, we were able to establish an actual ReStore.
"One of the fun things that we like to see happen is when someone takes an item that is old and upcycle or repurpose it, to keep it out of the landfill," she said. "This year, we have a couple of up-cycled items that will go into the Green Pavilion."
Attendees will be able to get a drink at the open bar provided by Top Shelf and then enter the lounge, which will be underwritten by Swire Coca-Cola, and relax on restored furniture.
"All the items that will be in the lounge have been repurposed from other items and people will have the opportunity to make bids on them along with the other items in our auctions," Schneider said. "We have two carpenter volunteers who selected some armoire cabinets and repurposing them into other things. One, redone by Ace High printing owner Matt ‘Sully’ Sullivan, is going to become a tiki bar, which you won’t want to miss seeing."
The ReStore Lounge/Green Pavilion will show the concept of upcycling firsthand.
"We’re very excited for that because we have always wanted to have something that demonstrates, visually, to the community, how we reuse materials at Habitat for Humanity," Schneider said. "We do it in our housing projects, but we also wanted to show the possibilities for other uses. We have people who visit the ReStore every day who reuse some of the donated items in their own home-improvement projects."
The other new change for this year’s ball is Habitat’s partnership with a Denver-based company called Tomboy Tools.
"They make quality tools that are pink, because they are made for women," Schneider said. "They joined with us to bring dollars into our housing projects."
During the event, 25 percent of any purchase for a Tomboy Tools item will be donated to Habitat.
"In addition, we will have a fund-a-cause drive and whoever makes a donation of $150 to Habitat during the Overall Ball will receive a gift from Tomboy Tools," Schneider said. "A company will be at the event with some tools and utility belts so people can examine and purchase them."
A few of the Tomboy Tool utility belts will also be offered during the evening’s live auction.
"We will be giving away a Women’s Build Day, where the winner and seven friends will receive their own pink utility belts, pink safety glasses and the opportunity to go help on a building project for a day," Schneider said. "The package will also feature a spa experience at Hotel Park City for the group to relax with after the hard work is over."
The Women’s Build Day was inspired by the various women’s organizations in the community.
"I can’t tell you how many women have approached me, asking to set up a women’s build program," Schneider said.
Other items offered in the auctions will include men and women cruiser bikes, Park City Hot Air Balloon rides, a Gold Creek Farms experience, which will include cheese making and a gourmet picnic for six, and a Jupiter Bowl party, to name a few.
"The fun thing about the Overall Ball is that people can come experience a fun evening, but also take something tangible home," Schneider said. "Sometimes people want to just give a charitable contribution and they can do that during the evening, too."
The night will be highlighted with live bluegrass music by Group Therapy.
"The band is made up of some Habitat volunteers," Schneider said. "They performed for our ReStore grand opening and wanted to do more."
Schneider also wanted to thank the event sponsors that include Deer Valley Resort, Swire Coca-Cola, Charles & Carleen Haggerty, the Yard, Whole Foods, Harvest Moon Events, Done to Your Taste Catering, Mountainside Printing, Silver Bean Coffee and Tomboy Tools.
"We have a very generous community and everyone has stepped up to make this event happen," she said.
The third annual Overall Ball, presented by Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties, will be held at The Yard, 1251 Kearns Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $150. Tables of eight are $1,000. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.habitat-utah.org .
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