To celebrate its 25 th  anniversary, MWV Habitat held a Blue Tie semi-formal gala fundraising event at the Living Shores Aquarium on November 2 nd .   Upon arrival, 250 guests received red carpet complimentary photographs prior to wandering through the expanse of underwater displays and a magnificent aviary.  At the same time they were able to indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres, visit food stations and partake in a cash bar while enjoying background acoustic guitar music provided by Ben Cook.  Prior to the featured auction, the three founders of the affiliate, Al Risch, Ted Pettingell and Bob Morrell were honored with introduction of immediate surviving relatives.  Rob Clark hosted the live auction that featured takeaway prizes as well as house construction components, e.g., doors, windows, siding, etc.

Led by Barbara Reilly, board VP, a committee comprised of Habitat volunteers (pictured below) l – r, Dot Seybold, Dot Gilbert, Lauren Hawkins, Barbara Reilly, Chris Gillette and Lindsey Maihos worked tirelessly for several months in bringing the event to fruition.  Barbara said that each felt tremendous pride in being able to honor not only the founders of MWV Habitat but all the volunteers who over the years have built 23 houses for underserved families, ensuring that 62 children could be raised in safe, secure and stable environments.