Habitat Women Build gala a success

March 3, 2014

The Hard Hats, Heels and Hearts Gala held Feb. 15 was the major fundraising event held this year by the Women Build Committee of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. The gala was warmly hosted at Baywood Greens in Millsboro, and each guest enjoyed appetizers, a served dinner, three-hour open bar, received a complimentary photo, enjoyed the live band On the Edge, dancing and a live and chance auction!

More than $10,000 was raised from this event, which will help fund the building of a home in Georgetown for Theresa Dorrell and her two daughters. The Women Build Program for a single mom and her child or children was the catalyst for Committeewoman Bernie Polinski to join as a volunteer for Sussex County's Habitat for Humanity. The program helps to lift a mom toward a better life for herself and her family. The icing on the cake for her was to meet the woman who will earn the next home. She has the chance to turn her dream to a reality!

Women from all over Sussex County have joined together to become a part of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Women Build for many reasons. As a registered architect, Gretchen Spraul is proving that a woman can do anything a man can do in a male-dominated profession. As a mother, she is teaching her daughter that women are strong, confident, and should be proud of their accomplishments. As a citizen of Sussex County, she is improving the world around her. As a woman and committeewoman, she is bonding with other women from all walks of life and making lifelong friends who share a common goal and purpose.

Teena Twilley of the Women Build Committee and local business owner of Designer’s Edge Hair Studio said she considers herself to be a very blessed woman in business and personal life. She wanted to become a part of Women Build because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of families that just needed that little help, to live the all-American Dream of being a home owner. Women can make that difference in someone's life. It really warms her heart knowing she was a part of changing people's lives for the better.

Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting our Women Build 2014 Project: Marnie Homes, Accessible Home Builders, Del-One Federal Credit Union, Designer’s Edge Hair Studio, Studio Eight by the Sea, Giant, Bernice and Joe Polinski, Denise Beam - State Farm Agent in Ocean View, Vicki York of At The Beach Realty and The Sussex County Woman.

The gala may be over but Women Build will still be having events throughout the year! On March 20, a Dine and Donate will take place at Mixx Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., donating 30 percent of all their proceeds to SCHFH’s Women Build. A Women Build week is scheduled for May 5-10 where women will help build a home in Sussex County. A Lowe’s Women Build Clinic is also scheduled for May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lewes on Painting and Trim.

To find out more about Women Build and becoming a part of the Women Build movement in Sussex County, check out, email or call 302-855-1153 Ext. 208 and speak with Jacquie Sanders, theme build coordinator. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Sussex County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Melissa Korik
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity



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