WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys honored PrincessCruises and the Princess Cruises Community Foundation at its annualHearts for Heroes Builders Ball last night. Also honored were sevensurviving Santa Clarita veterans of World War II. The funds raised atthe event will be used to complete the remaining 24 homes of a 78-homeneighborhood for low-income veterans in Santa Clarita. The event tookplace at the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, CA. The event,with 470 guests in attendance, raised $291,000.
Princess received the Hammer of Hope Award from Congressman BradSherman. The Hammer of Hope is this Habitat’s highest honor and ispresented to extraordinary individuals or entities who are leaders intheir fields and communities – specifically those who serve veterans andlow-income families seeking to enter the middle class. Past recipientsinclude Anheuser Busch, Home Depot, Citibank, Mayor AntonioVillaraigosa, The Gas Company, Primestor, and many others.
Accepting the award on behalf of Princess was its Vice President ofPublic Relations, Brian O’Connor. Princess is a longtime sponsor ofHabitat for Humanity SF/SCV and a few weeks ago hosted a TEAM Build atwhich Princess employees spent the day building veteran homes.
WW II veterans being honored with a special tribute at the event wereLou Brousseau (Army Air Corps), Cal Erickson (Army Air Corps), RexGribble (Army Air Corps), Lloyd Lubensky (Army Air Corps), RichardRoelofs (Navy), Lee Shulman (Army Air Corps), and Tom Tucker (Navy). Theaward was presented by California State Assembly Member Dante Acosta.
Completion of the veteran neighborhood in Santa Clarita will bringHabitat’s total to over 400 homes to date. Next year, they beginbuilding 56 more Veteran homes in Palmdale and 12 Veteran homes in NorthHollywood. What makes this Habitat affiliate even more special is theirbelief that, in order for families to truly be successful, affordablehousing must include a supportive environment that encouragesself-sufficiency in a neighborhood culture. This program, called theEnriched Neighborhood® model, provides no-cost programs such asfinancial training, health and wellness programs, and social servicesthat are easily accessible in the neighborhoods where the families live.This allows their families to become self-sufficient and learn skillsand necessary tools to move out of the endless cycle of poverty housingand into the middle class. These programs are especially cherished byreturning veterans as they seek the comfort of others returning fromservice and the strength to reintegrate successfully into theircommunity at home.
This year’s event was chaired by Karen Brown, Sr. Vice President ofFirst Bank, and hosted by actress Alison Haislip, sideline commentatorfor ABC’s “Battlebots” and celebrated pop culture TV, podcasting andwebcasting personality. Other elected officials in attendance wereCalifornia State Senator Robert Hertzberg, Los Angeles County SupervisorKathryn Barger, Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Laurene West, Los AngelesCity Council Member Paul Krekorian, and Santa Clarita City CouncilMembers Bob Keller and Marsha McLean.
About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a globalcruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 18 modern cruise shipsrenowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices indining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience ofexceptional customer service. As world’s largest international premiumcruise brand, Princess carries two million guests each year to more than360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries rangingin length from three to 114 days. The company is part of CarnivalCorporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through aprofessional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237),or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.
About Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV:
Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys’ mission is tobuild affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families, andprovide services that empower them to build brighter futures ashomeowners. They are a locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profitorganization service North Los Angeles City and County, building housesand futures for low-income families. We currently specialize in buildingEnriched Neighborhood® communities which hold the promise to movelow-income families up into the middle class and have built 320 homes todate. Learn more at www.HumanityCA.organd follow Habitat SF/SCV on Facebookand Twitter.