Chattanoogans will be ‘raising the roof’ to benefit one of the city’s most-loved non-profit organizations on Oct. 3. Habitat’s annual fundraiser is being presented by Crown Cars of Chattanooga and Cleveland as well as by The Mark Hite Team at Real Estate Partners.
This year’s chair is Dr. Elaine Swafford. Dr. Swafford has a long-time commitment to the community and public education, serving as the founding CEO of the Chattanooga Preparatory School in 2016 and most recently, receiving permission to open the first Chattanooga public charter Montessori Elementary School at Highland Park. Dr.
Swafford has also served as the CEO of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and the Executive Principal of the Howard School of Academics and Technology.
Dr. Swafford said, “We know that the stability of a home provides a strong foundation for young students pursuing their educational paths. Habitat meets the needs of families who work to provide a down payment through their sweat equity, educational efforts and savings to begin a path toward independence. For many, homeownership is the end to generational poverty and I’m proud to serve as this year’s chair.”
Raise the Roof co-resenting sponsor Mark Hite said, “As a real estate professional who has spent my entire career assisting families find their first homes or forever homes, it’s critical to support Habitat as they fill a niche that is desperately needed in Chattanooga just as it is in communities across the country. For our team, it’s an honor to support an effort that is as transformational for our community as it is for each individual homeowner.”
Crown Cars general manager and co-presenting sponsor Ken Nichols noted, “Our company has a significant commitment to the communities we serve. Habitat is a critical part of that commitment. We’ve built over ten Habitat homes and are pleased to support this year’s annual event that will ‘raise the roof’ for some very deserving future homeowners.
Habitat President and CEO Jens Christensen encouraged individuals and companies to visit www.habichatt.org to purchase tickets while they are still available. “This is always a sold-out event and once again, our tickets are selling quickly. We hope that the lunch will sell-out in the next couple of weeks and look forward to seeing everyone as we make a difference in providing housing in Chattanooga.”