CEOs gathered under a tent on the front lawn to see the results of their sweat equity building a Habitat home for a deserving family.
But this wasn’t just any family or the usual group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
It was the fourth time Florida Peninsula Insurance Company paid for all the materials for a Habitat of South Palm Beach County home. “People think we get most of the materials donated, but we don’t,” Habitat CEO Randy Nobles said later.
At Tuesday’s reveal, the company’s chairman Paul Adkins said Habitat’s mission and the firm’s are the same, to build a stronger community. He called up all the employees there for recognition. “The best part is when the family tells their story and you get to work with them to build their home,” he said earlier.
Longtime Habitat volunteers themselves, Tameka and Billy Hickman-Worthy were grateful for the company’s sponsorship. “This is a joyful day for us,” Tameka said, before accepting new house gifts from board member Cheryl Budd. Two of their four kids from 23 to 16, will live at home and the youngest said she was happy to have her own bedroom.
Then Adkins and Florida Peninsula president Clint Strauch handed over the keys to open the front door. And Tameka welcomed everyone into their new three-bedroom.
All the CEOs who helped build the house were welcomed in to check out their handiwork, announced Habitat’s Kari Oeltjen.
“I built and framed out this window,” said West Boca Medical Center CEO Mitch Feldman.
Also on the new house tour were Chamber CEO Troy McClellan, Town Center at Boca Raton’s Sal Saldana, Boca Raton Resort & Club’s catering director George Petrocelli and Community Foundation CEO Bradley Hurlburt.
“This was a long journey but well worth it,” said George Snow Scholarship Foundation’s Tim Snow.
For the family, this Delray Beach corner is familiar territory. As a child, Tameka played in this very spot, once the playground of the church next door.
Now she’s living next door to her mother, Robin Hickman. “I’ve lived here since 2002. I asked them to build the fence higher,” Hickman laughed.
By Marci Shatzman