Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to Celebrate Change-makers in the Building and Real Estate Industries at Los Angeles Builders Ball®

Annual Event will Honor Trammell Crow, Delta Air Lines and Mauricio Umansky on October 13th

2015 LA Builders Ball Logo colorLos Angeles, CA (September 21, 2016) –      Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will host its annual Los Angeles Builders Ball® on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 from 6pm – 9pm at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. This year, Habitat LA will proudly honor Trammell Crow, Delta Air Lines and Mauricio Umansky who all share Habitat LA’s commitment to community focused building in an effort to change the landscape of Los Angeles for the better. In addition to recognizing Habitat LA’s counterparts in the building and real estate industries, this event will also raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit’s Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign to revitalize distressed communities throughout Los Angeles and provide hope for low-income families living in substandard housing.

Habitat LA will honor Trammell Crow, a preeminent commercial builder and developer demonstrating creativity and innovation in the Los Angeles building industry, with a Builder of the Year award. Delta Air Lines will be honored with the Foundation Builder award for their instrumental role in neighborhood revitalization in the city of Los Angeles as well as their commitment to volunteerism and advocacy for affordable housing solutions. The Dream Builder honoree will be Mauricio Umansky, founder and CEO of The Agency, whose passion for real estate extends beyond the luxury market and into creating more affordable homeownership opportunities in the local community and worldwide.

Featured at the Los Angeles Builders Ball® will be a VIP reception, followed by dinner, a live auction and special musical performance. The 15 homes that were completed on Santa Ana Blvd. in Watts during the 1995 Carter Work Project and the 32 families who now call this neighborhood home will be celebrated at this year’s event along with the two families in the neighborhood who have recently paid off their mortgages. The keynote speaker, Jose Tobar, grew up in one of the Carter Work Project homes and will share his family’s transformative story.

Habitat LA has built, renovated or repaired more than 750 homes locally, helping to transform the lives of more than 4,000 Angelenos. By 2020, Habitat LA has a goal to invest $100 million into revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing access to affordable homeownership and home repair opportunities. This investment will benefit the local economy by building strong and stable homes in partnership with families, individuals, volunteers, municipalities and donors, which will bring strength and stability to local communities throughout greater Los Angeles.

2016 Builders Ball Honorary Committee:

Hon. Ben Allen

CA State Senate, D-26


Hon. Art Barajas

Mayor of Montebello


Hon. Karen Bass

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-37


Hon. Xavier Becerra

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-34


Hon. Richard Bloom

CA State Assembly, D-50


Hon. Aja Brown

Mayor of Compton


Hon. Autumn Burke

CA State Assembly, D-62


Hon. James T. Butts

Mayor of Inglewood


Hon. Ian C. Calderon

CA State Assembly, D-57


Hon. Ed Chau

CA State Assembly, D-49


Hon. Jim B. Clarke

Mayor of Culver City


Hon. Kevin De Leon

California Senate

President Pro Tempore


W.H. (Bill) De Witt

Mayor of South Gate


Hon. Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Senator for California


Hon. Eric Garcetti

Mayor of Los Angeles


Hon. Cristina Garcia

CA State Assembly, D-58


Hon. Robert Garcia

Mayor of Long Beach


Hon. Mike A. Gipson

CA State Assembly, D-64


Hon. Jimmy Gomez

CA State Assembly, D-51


Hon. David Hadley

CA State Assembly, D-66


Hon. Janice Hahn

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-44


Hon. Isadore Hall, III

CA State Senate, D-35


Hon. Edwin Hernandez

Mayor of Lynwood


Hon. Reggie Jones-Sawyer

CA State Assembly, D-59


Hon. Don Knabe

LA County Supervisor, D-4


Hon. Dan Koops

Mayor of Bellflower


Hon. Sheila Kuehl

LA County Supervisor, D-3


Hon. Ricardo Lara

CA State Senate, D-33


Hon. Alan Lowenthal

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-47


Hon. Tony Mendoza

CA State Senate, D-32

Hon. Holly Mitchell

CA State Senate, D-30


Hon. Grace Napolitano

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-32


Hon. Sebastian


CA State Assembly, D-54


Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-40


Hon. Alex Saab

Mayor of Downey


Hon. Linda Sanchez

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-38


Hon. Miguel Santiago

CA State Assembly, D-53


Hon. Adam Schiff

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-28


Hon. Maxine Waters

U.S. House of

Representatives, D-43


Angela Bassett



Kristen Bell



Cari Champion

Sports Center Anchor


Keith David



A.C. Green

Former LA Laker


Tina Knowles Lawson




Richard Lawson



Kate Linder



Lisa LoCicero



James Pickens, Jr.



Paula Poundstone



Holly Robinson-Peete



Los Angeles Sparks

WNBA Basketball Team


Luc Robitaille

Los Angeles Kings


Kelly Rowland



Dax Shepard



John Terzian

H.Wood Group


Glynn Turman



Courtney B. Vance



Kim Whitley



2016 Builders Ball Host Committee:

Raul Salinas, AlvaradoSmith & LA Builders Ball® Co-Chair

Maria Salinas, ProAmerica Bank & LA Builders Ball® Co-Chair

Michelle Blay, Sedgwick LLP

Brad Cox, Trammell Crow Company

Lalo Diaz, Travers Cresa

Anthony Salcido, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Jocelyn Topolski, Bernards

Mary Leslie, Los Angeles Business Council

John Manganiello, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Michelle Meghrouni, Southern California Gas Company

Michael Flad, City of South Gate

Terri Haack, Terranea Resort

Janine Hamner, Waste Management

Carl Jordan, U.S. Bank

Top corporate underwriters of this event include Delta Air Lines and U.S. Bank.

Sponsorships and individual tickets are available and can be purchased online, or by contacting Patty Lee, Habitat LA Associate Director of Special Events, at plee@habitatla.org or 424.246.3178.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area with five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 1,200 homes locally and worldwide since 1990. The lives of thousands of individuals have been transformed as a result of having a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism, donations and supporting affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. To learn more, visit habitatla.org


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