Gretta Ceasar was “overwhelmed” when 37 CEOs showed up to build her new Habitat for Humanity house.
“Most of all of I’m grateful,” she said, watching roof trusses hoisted by volunteer crews Saturday morning.
Talk about heavy lifting: “We have the right amount of people today to lift those trusses,” said Randy Nobles, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County president and CEO.
Senior execs, 90% from Boca businesses, signed up for manual labor shifts Friday and Saturday at the 2019 CEO Build. Collectively they raised $300,000 toward the cost of housing materials and Habitat’s mission, according to the nonprofit.
Ceasar’s homesite is the first of five granted the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners.
Budd Solutions president Cheryl Budd was among volunteers repainting Maranatha Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church on the same corner.
Both Ceaser and next-door Habitat homeowner Reggie Moss will get keys to their new homes in about six months. “Different volunteers and businesses will continue the work,” said Crystal Spears, Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization director.
Among the CEO Builders were Pinnacle Advertising’s Peter Gary; Boca Resort & Club’s John C. Tolbert: Florida’s Peninsula’s Paul Adkins: Crocker Partner’s Angelo Bianco; YMCA’s Jason Hagensick; Allegiance Home Health’s Joe Martin; NCCI’s Bill Donnell; Boca West Country Club’s Matthew Linderman and Capitol Lighting’s Ken Lebersfeld.
Habitat’s next group build is for veterans’ housing for Veterans Day next month. Here’s the link; click on Get Involved. https://www.habitatsouthpalmbeach.org/
By Marci Shatzman