On October 17, 2017, the Habitat House Party rocked the Bowery!
We brought together more than 300 influential New Yorkers, including many of our Habitat Homeowners, for an evening of conversation and philanthropy. Because of their generosity, we raised $655,000!
Guests gathered at Capitale, a beautifully restored former bank building on the Bowery, where we ‘Ten Year Toasted’ Delta Air Lines with a special cocktail. Guests also visited a Habitat NYC construction site (with the help of virtual reality) and signed their name to Habitat NYC’s “Family Tree,” an original work of art created by former AmeriCorps and current staff member Jared Bravo. And that was all before dinner even began!
As we broke bread with new friends, Habitat NYC CEO Karen Haycox addressed the crowd, sharing with them our mission to build and preserve safe, decent and affordable housing for hard-working New Yorkers. Next, Talk Stoop host Cat Greenleaf interviewed our honorees, Henry Kuykendall, Senior Vice President of Airport Operations, Northeast for Delta Air Lines, and Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President. The three discussed what home means, why giving back is so important and, of course, their favorite travel snacks (Melinda; peanuts. Henry; a glass of red wine).
Then a very special guest took the stage – Clive Rainey, a 40 year veteran of Habitat for Humanity, and the very first volunteer for the organization. Clive told the moving story of a homeowner who found empowerment through building her own home. Clive then welcomed Erneita D. and her daughter Jasmin to the stage, where Erneita shared her hopes and fears of becoming a homeowner with our audience.
Then, because this is Habitat NYC, we built a house, live on stage! During the auction portion of our event, guests bid on “stages” of a virtual house, from the foundation all the way up to the roof. Our generous supporters completed the house, ensuring that New York City families can one day own a piece of the city we all love.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Habitat House Party.
Queens Borough President
Melinda Katz has been a dedicated public servant for nearly 20 years, serving in key governmental positions on both the city and state level.
Melinda represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill as City Council Member from 2002 to 2009. She rose to Chair the influential Land Use Committee which, under her leadership, secured private-sector partnerships that led to the creation of over 15,000 units of affordable housing. Melinda championed zoning measures that paved the way for redevelopment projects in all five boroughs, while safeguarding communities from overdevelopment.
Prior to being elected to the Council, Melinda served as Director of Community Boards for Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, helping to develop city budget priorities, plan economic development projects for Queens, and designate sites for city facilities. Melinda also represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and Glendale in the State Assembly from 1994 to 1999.
Delta Air Lines Senior Vice President, Airport Operations – Northeast
As Senior Vice President, Airport Operations – Northeast, Henry is charged with overseeing airline operations at LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport. Kuykendall currently serves on the boards of directors for the YMCA of Greater New York, New York Building Congress, The Business Council of New York State and the Queens Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of West Los Angeles College and University of Phoenix.
Delta Air Lines is commemorating a milestone with Habitat for Humanity New York City. The airline has supported the mission of Habitat NYC for 10 years with a total of one million dollars in giving – assisting hard-working New York families achieve the dream of owning their home.
Erneita Daley, Habitat Homebuyer, Brooklyn
Moderator – Host, Talk Stoop
Moderator – Habitat for Humanity’s first volunteer