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Dream Builder Luncheon 2020

Join us on Thursday, November 12th from 12 – 1pm for Dallas Area Habitat’s First Virtual Dream Builders Luncheon. The Luncheon will feature chairs: Lee Bird and many more guest speakers. Join us to give back!

Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive, and decent housing has become particularly important during this pandemic as all families shelter in place.

This year, we are thrilled to present our signature event, the Dream Builders Luncheon on a virtual platform! We will celebrate this community, highlight the work of Dallas Habitat, and showcase the success of our partner families. This will be our first-ever Dream Builders Virtual Luncheon where guests will have the opportunity to hear personal stories of Habitat families, hear a word from our keynote speaker, and participate generously from the comfort of their own home.

The Chair

Lee Bird

Chief Executive Officer for At Home

Lewis L. (Lee) Bird III serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for At Home. Mr. Bird joined the company in December 2012 and in a short time has transformed the 35-year-old Garden Ridge brand into the more consumer-relevant At Home retail chain.
Before joining the company, Mr. Bird held a variety of leadership positions, most recently serving as Managing Director of The Gores Group, a global private equity firm that specializes in acquiring and partnering with mature and growing businesses. Prior to this, Mr. Bird served as President of Nike Affiliates for Nike Inc., Chief Operating Officer of Gap and Chief Financial Officer of Old Navy.

In addition, he was Vice President of Finance & Operations for Gateway, Inc.; Senior Director of Corporate Finance for AlliedSignal, Inc., and Director of Finance & Business Management at AlliedSignal Engines. He has also held various senior financial and strategic positions for Ford Motor Company and served as Assistant Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer for BayBanks, Inc. Mr. Bird received his MBA from Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. Lee is currently on the National Advisory Committee for Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University.

James R. Lites – Dallas Stars

Chairman
Alternate Governor

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi appointed Jim Lites President and CEO of the Stars on Nov. 18, 2011. Lites is very familiar with the position having held it twice previously under prior owners Norm Green and Tom Hicks.

Shifting his role to serve as the team’s Chairman and Managing Director of Northland Properties Corporation, U.S. Division in July 2020, Lites boasts a reputation as one the finest administrators in professional sports. He continues to work with Mr. Gaglardi on the day-to-day business activities of the Stars, while overseeing the hockey operations department and continuing to chair the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group. Lites also maintains his role as the organization’s Alternate Governor, a role he held from 1982-2007. Over the years Lites has served on the Board’s marketing, broadcasting, expansion and game committees.

Over the course of Lites’ two prior stints with the Stars (1993-02; 2003-07), the team won seven division championships, two Western Conference championships, two Presidents’ Trophies, and the 1999 Stanley Cup. He played an active role in the conception, design, construction and on-going business operations of American Airlines Center and Dr Pepper StarCenter ice facilities. Most recently, Lites played a significant role in hiring General Manager Jim Nill, purchasing the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the operating lease of the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas.

From 1999-02, Lites also served as president of MLB’s Texas Rangers, becoming one of only four executives at the time to simultaneously manage the affairs of two major league franchises. He served three years on MLB’s Executive Council and was President when the Rangers captured the 1999 American League West championship.

Prior to joining the Stars in 1993, Lites served 11 years as chief operating officer of the Detroit Red Wings, who during his stint, won three Norris Division championships and two Norris Division Playoff championships after having missed the playoffs in 10 of the 11 seasons before his hiring. During his tenure, the Red Wings were named by Financial World magazine as the most valuable franchise in the NHL in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. Lites was also instrumental in the defection of former Soviet stars Sergei Fedorov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Vladimir Konstantinov, each of whom played important parts of the Red Wings’ record-setting and Stanley Cup champion hockey clubs.

While with Detroit, Lites also served as chief operating officer of Olympia Arenas, Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest facility management companies. He was also responsible for the redevelopment of Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre, now the most successful entertainment venue of its type in the United States and the cornerstone of Detroit’s growing northside sports, entertainment and gaming complexes.

From 2007 until being rehired by the Stars in 2011, Lites managed the New York Football Giants’ Personal Seat License program at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. That program was one of the most successful of its type in history.

Born and raised in Pentwater, Mich., Lites received a bachelor of arts degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan in 1975 and graduated cum laude from Wayne State (MI) University Law School in 1978. He specialized in litigation and labor contract negotiations when he practiced law. Jim and his wife, Kim, reside in Frisco. They have four children, sons Chase, Sam, Chandler, and daughter, Brooke.

Deborah Ferguson

Co-anchors NBC 5 Today

Deborah Ferguson co-anchors NBC 5 Today weekday mornings from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.  She joined the station in 1991 after starting her journalism career as a reporter/anchor for WBAP Radio in Fort Worth. 

She’s earned professional recognition throughout her career including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor – News presented by American Women in Radio and Television. Other honors come from American Women in Communications, Association for Women Journalists, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas Press Club, and the Lone Star EMMY Chapter.  

Deborah’s time out of the newsroom is frequently spent at community and charitable events especially those focused on empowering girls through education or in area schools encouraging future journalists. Her pet project is the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth which supports YWLA, the first all-girls school in the Fort Worth ISD.

She graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in broadcast journalism which set her on the path to achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a reporter.  While in college, she interned at NBC 5 and joined the staff just a few years later. 
Deborah is married to WBAP sports anchor Steve Lamb.

Special Message By

Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin wants everyone to know one thing. He’s never going to stop pushing the envelope. Franklin’s latest musical offering—and 13th studio album—is the aptly titled LONG LIVE LOVE from his RCA-distributed label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings. But even before the album’s May 31st release date, its first single is already laying down some serious groundwork.

“Love Theory” bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and has kept the position on lock for thirty-nine weeks. The vibrant track marked the singer’s record-extending seventh No. 1, and his second start atop the chart. With 1 million U.S. streams in its first week per Nielsen Music, “Love Theory” also opened at No. 1 on Gospel Streaming Songs as well as Gospel Digital Song Sales. Its colorful and energetic video has accumulated over 17.3 million YouTube views and counting. The album “Long Live Love” and single “Love Theory” won two Grammys in January 2020. Franklin says, “It’s my constant story about this message of love, the love of God, and me trying to play my role in that conversation.”

“We’re living in an era where so many things compete for the attention of our hearts,” says Franklin. “They don’t all have to be bad, but these things can become what matters to us more than they’re supposed to. “Idols” and every song on the album just bubbled up and out—a tapestry of what I believe, how I feel, what I want, and my struggles. It’s the good, the bad, and the ugly,” says Franklin. After culling through 50 to 60 song ideas, Franklin began collaborating with his fraternity of co-producers, Ron Hill, Shaun Martin, Max Stark, and S1. His last album, 2015’s Losing My Religion, won a GRAMMY Award winner for Best Gospel Album in 2017. It boasted guest turns by gospel and R&B artists including Kim Burrell, Lalah Hathaway, Tasha Cobbs, and Tamela Mann. Franklin opted to let the music—a flavorful mélange of gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and other influences—play the feature role on LONG LIVE LOVE. Celebrating his 26th career anniversary this year, the winner of more than 40 Stellar Awards, an NAACP Image Award, and 16 Dove Awards is also busy pushing the envelope in other endeavors. Franklin brought his total GRAMMY tally to 16 Grammys at the 62nd annual ceremony this year.

In 2020, Franklin has his eyes set on another successful Exodus Music & Arts Festival, fantastic additions to the Kirk Franklin Praise channel on SiriusXM, and starting production on his bio-pic. “You already know what I’m going to say,” Franklin answers with a hearty laugh when asked about the secret behind his career longevity and indefatigable drive to keep pushing. “It’s because of somebody bigger than me and you. I’m the most non-perfect person in the world. But having an opportunity to be here still and communicate this faith that I believe in … I don’t know what else I could ask for.”

Register for the Virtual Event and Donate

Signature Sponsors

For more information about becoming a Signature Sponsor, please contact Carmen Holmes at cholmes@dallas-habitat.org

Please click the plus sign for each sponsorship level to see the features and benefits for each level.
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$50,000 Dream Builder
Top Billing on Event Sponsorship program posted on Habitat website Logo/Name on all event-related Material
Unlimited Tickets for Virtual Event – you can invite your own company to attend!
Name included in Dallas Habitat Press Release
Logo on Dallas Habitat Webpage
Full-screen logo placement in our Thank You video
Two (2) Team Volunteer Days of your choosing with logo placement on build site banner *
Accompanying media release for build day engagement
Mentions on Social Accounts
Company Representative participates in live event to express support for Dallas Habitat mission and introduce one of the event guests (first come first served)
50 encouraging signs donated to Habitat Families in your honor
$25,000 Foundation
Logo/Name on all event-related Material
Unlimited Tickets for Virtual Event – you can invite your own company to attend!
Name included in Dallas Habitat Press Release
Logo on Dallas Habitat Webpage
Full screen logo placement in our Thank You video
One (1) Team Volunteer Day of your choosing with logo placement on build site banner
Accompanying media release for build day partnership
Mentions on Social Accounts
Pre-recorded comments included in live event – opportunity to intro one of the event guests (first come first served)
25 encouraging signs donated to Habitat families in your honor
$15,000 Heartbeat of Habitat
Logo/Name on all event-related Material
Unlimited Tickets for Virtual Event – you can invite your own company to attend!
Name included in Dallas Habitat Press Release
Logo on Dallas Habitat Webpage
Full-screen logo placement in our Thank You video
Mentions on Social Accounts
15 encouraging signs donated to Habitat families in your honor
$10,000 Builder
Logo/Name on all event-related Material
Unlimited Tickets for Virtual Event – you can invite your own company to attend!
Name included in Dallas Habitat Press Release
Logo on Dallas Habitat Webpage
Full-screen logo placement in our Thank You video
Mentions on Social Accounts
10 encouraging signs donated to Habitat families in your honor
$5,000 Framer
Logo/Name on all event-related Material
Unlimited Tickets for Virtual Event – you can invite your own company to attend!
Logo on Dallas Habitat Webpage
5 encouraging signs donated to Habitat families in your honor
$1,000 Table Captain
Logo/Name on list of Table Captains shared during Live event
Unlimited Tickets for Virtual Event – we encourage you to commit to bringing at least 20 friends to attend the event.

Individual Sponsors

Individual sponsors are the driving force behind Dallas Area Habitat. All donations go towards helping reach our overall goal to support our families sponsored with the Dream Builders Program. Whether your donation is $1000, $500, or $100, every dollar counts.

Spread The Kindness Campaign

With your gift of $100 or more before November 12, we will deliver a yard sign to you promoting your partnership with Dallas Habitat. We will also deliver a sign with “words of encouragement” to a current Habitat Homeowner.” Republic Services volunteers will place these kindness signs in the front yards of Dallas Habitat Homeowners. Our goal is to bring kindness and encouragement to all 1206 Dallas Habitat Homeowners!

We are incredibly grateful to you for helping us spread kindness throughout Dallas!

Please complete the below form with your home address or the address you would like us to deliver your Donor sign to:

Thank you to our sponsors

Sign Printing

Sign Distribution

For more information please contact Carmen Holmes, Vice President of Development
at (817) 300-5478 or cholmes@dallas-habitat.org