The annual Home Is Where the Art Is celebration recently attracted hundreds of guests to the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell where they dined, danced and rededicated themselves to supporting East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity (ESTHFH).
“None of this is me,” said Rene Arcemont, president and chief executive officer. “The Home Is Where the Art Is committee is phenomenal, and they work all year long to make sure this event is a success for Habitat.”
Presented under the entertaining direction of Ashley Rodrigue, the celebration featured music by Overboard and two types of auction excitement. Ten tables were brimming with silent auction opportunities, and a live auction featured prizes including an original work of art by Home Is Where the Art Is founding artist Tami Curtis, tickets to the Neon Fleur De Lis Light-4 Brewery at the Abita Brewery, a one-of-a-kind Camellia Chair created by Slidell artist Dawn Rivera, and a top-tier Who Dat package to watch the New Orleans Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons on Christmas Eve in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Among those receiving special recognition at the event were Assistant Executive Director Kentrell Jones and members of the ESTHFH 2017 Board of Directors. They are Chris Kaufmann, chairman; Elwin Ordoyne III, past chairman; Lisa Harris, vice chairperson; Kristen Stanley-Wallace, secretary; Kelly Rodriguez, treasurer; and Board members Amanda Trosclair, Brenda Scofield, James Miller, Kendra Maness, Lesley Beard, Michael Tassin, Tyler Gugliuzza and Vicky Magas.
And while partying the night away is a given at Home Is Where the Art Is, the true purpose of the event is to generate funds to enable ESTHFH to continue its mission of assisting families in need purchase and own decent, affordable housing. “Our goal is to build a house every year, which costs $70,000 to $80,000,” Arcemont said.
Incorporated in 1992 to serve eastern St. Tammany Parish, Habitat and an army of volunteers have built 138 homes for 458 parents and children in Slidell, Lacombe, Pearl River and Alton. But home construction is not ESTHFH’s only service. “Through affordable homeownership opportunities, financial education, advocacy efforts, and neighborhood empowerment programs, Habitat transforms families, revitalizes neighborhoods, and is working to build a better St. Tammany,” Arcemont added.
For more information on ESTHFH, visit www.esthfh.org.
Carol Wolfram photographs and writes stories about the people and events of the Slidell community. To reach her, email email@example.com.