Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (Habitat) announced that its annual Blueprints & Blue Jeans gala held this past weekend raised a record-breaking $508,618.56. The event, held at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale, saw a record-breaking 351 guests in attendance.

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The gala, which is known for being a little less formal and a lot more fun, featured a silent auction/cocktail hour that was enhanced by a classically-trained pianist. Once inside the ballroom, guests were entertained by Valley legends, Nate Nathan & The MacDaddy-O’s. The “Fund the Future” paddle raise was further elevated this year thanks to a longtime, anonymous donor who agreed to match every donation made up to $100,000. Supporters were so moved by the work Habitat does each and every day that gifts made during the paddle raise totaled $114,850. Combined with the challenge gift, Habitat raised a record $214,850 to Fund the Future.

On top of being an incredible celebration, Blueprints & Blue Jeans is also a crucial fundraising vehicle for Habitat. In that and every other regard, this year’s event was an overwhelming success. 

“We are blown away by the incredible generosity of our supporters,” said Jason Barlow, President & CEO of Habitat. “These funds will go a long way in helping us continue to provide safe, decent and affordable housing to those most in need in our community. We could not have achieved this without the support of everyone involved, especially those who volunteered their time to ensure everything ran smoothly and our guests enjoyed the event.”

Habitat extends its sincere thanks to all who attended and supported this year’s Blueprints & Blue Jeans gala.