A year ago my family came together with a dream, a dream to build something lasting – to build a house for Habitat for Humanity, an organization we truly admire and believe in. We kicked off our dream last July with the annual Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament, and now, a year later that dream is finally a reality. The House that Kristi Built – Celebrating Community is being built.
The site for our Habitat House is fairly close to my home and I pass by it most days when I take my morning walk. At first there was just a mound of dirt, and then one day the mound turned into a hole in the ground. Now when I walk by, I see the beginnings of a foundation.
I realize that foundation represents the support of an amazing community of friends who have sustained my family over the past eleven years since my daughter Kristi died. Through your generous support, wonderful beginnings have sprouted from the ashes of grief. Kristi’s Fund has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships and support for area young women and organizations. Now, you have come together once again, to help us build this house. Thus the name: The House that Kristi Built – Celebrating Community. For we celebrate you and all you give to us and our city.
I take photos of the house as I pass, to chronicle the build. I imagine it emerging and growing piece by piece, like a tree sprouting from the ground, reaching towards the sky, one branch, one leaf at a time. The house will be strong and solid, because it is built on a foundation of love and kindness and a belief that we are all in this together, and together we can build anything. I invite you to be part of this special community project as we kick off The House that Kristi Built at two very special events:
Paint a Stud Party – That’s right, we’re painting studs – wall studs that is. Add your personal shade, signature and well-wishes for our Habitat family to the studs of the house. This colorful event will be on Thursday, May 27 from 5-7pm at the construction site 2902 Slade Drive. We will have free pizza, beer and soda. Families and children are welcome.
Wall Raising – What’s a Wall Raising? Much like an old-fashioned barn raising, we are going to build the walls and frame in the entire house – all in one day! (Walls made from the studs we painted.) I participated in a wall raising last year and it was remarkable. It was fun weilding a hammer and building walls, but the best part was operating the chop saw – wow, powerful! You’re invited to help us raise the walls on Saturday, June 14, from 8am – 4pm. No experience necessary. If I can I do it, you can!
PLEASE RSVP – Be sure to let us know if you are planning on attending either of these two events. You can contact me at 970-443-0732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are still raising funds to complete The House that Kristi Built and have dedicated the proceeds from this year’s golf tournament and Kristi’s Big Night Out to the campaign. We hope you will attend and support the project at these two fun events. We are also in need of in-kind products and services: windows, doors, light fixtures, insulation, carpeting and more. For more information on how you can help please contact me at 970-443-0732 or email@example.com or go to www.kristisfund.com
Thank you for being a beautiful part of my community. I am truly blessed.
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Each morning, as I stand in the shower, I repeat this mantra:
I choose that my thoughts, my words and my deeds reflect only my higher self and not my ego.
I remember who I am, a Divine Spark of God.
I walk in my essence of God.
These words set my intention for the day, creating an energy that helps me to balance the ups and downs and the challenges that life throws at me, keeping me on a steady course. And when I am mindful, and can maintain that energy, wow, what a difference it makes in my day and my life.
With this issue, we want to honor our daughter Kristi who died twelve years ago in an auto accident. She was the catalyst that started us on this soul journey and brought so much light into our lives. As we look back on the past twelve years, we marvel at where we were and at where we have come to be. The journey is not yet finished, but there is more joy in our hearts and we are confidently moving forward, knowing that Kristi is guiding us and smiling down on us always.
From the very beginning we have honored Kristi’s passing by hosting the Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament, the largest golf tournament in Northern Colorado, and Kristi’s Big Night Out event. (The absolute best party of the summer!) Since its inception in 2003, with the help and support of an amazing community, the Foundation has awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 90 area young women, $100,000 to build a house for Habitat for Humanity and over $100,000 in support to area organizations.
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