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Hearts and Hammers Will Fill Hyatt

On Saturday, March 5, Beth Massoud of Westport will enjoy an evening of dancing and celebration. She won’t be alone. Surrounding her will be as many as 200 guests at the 12th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich .

The evening is the main fund-raising event for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County , which provides affordable housing for families all over the region. “We’re very excited. We’re building for the first time in three communities. We’re building in Stratford, Bridgeport and Stamford,” said Massoud, vice chairman of the Habitat CFC Board and the board's representative on the gala committee. Traditionally, Habitat CFC has focused their builds in Stratford and Bridgeport.

This year, the gala will honor Ken Paul and the law firm of Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Paul is the outgoing Habitat board chairman and a seven-year board member. His efforts helped make the push for a third build a reality. Cohen and Wolf provides legal services for Habitat families as they close on their new homes. “The need for affordable housing in the area is tremendous. There is a great disparity of wealth in our communities,” said Massoud.

The Hearts and Hammers Gala will feature a cocktail hour, dining, dancing and the chance to bid on auction items from a variety of county-wide donors. Aside from the awards presentation for Paul and Cohen and Wolf, a Habitat CFC homeowner is expected to talk, Massoud said.

Massoud noted that she is one of several people who have worked on the fund-raiser. Cindi Bigelow, president of R.C. Bigelow, Inc., Stephanie Blackwell, founder and president of Aurora Products, and Jay Ireland, president and CEO of GE Asset Management, serve as the honorary co-chairs for the gala.  They are joined by a Volunteer Committee comprised of members throughout Fairfield County and chaired by local residents Beth Kohl and Georgette Scott.

Tickets and event sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting the Habitat CFC office at (203) 333-2642. Volunteer information is also available on Habitat CFC’s website. Massoud said people can also support Habitat CFC by visiting its Stratford ReStore sales location, where area builders donate construction materials and furnishings for sale.

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