Rays present keys to Habitat for Humanity home they helped build
Rays manager Kevin Cash presents the keys to a new Habitat for Humanity home to Lakeba Wallace and her daughter on Thursday, with St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, team president Brian Auld and other club officials and mascot Raymond looking on.
The Rays not only provided funding for the south St. Petersburg house, but helped build it during the five-week process, with 180 team volunteers logging more than 1,000 construction hours, providing the bulk of the work. Land for the home was donated by Bank of America.
"Our mission is to energize our community through the magic of Rays baseball, and this project has been a remarkable testament to that," Auld said. "I'm proud of the efforts of our staff members who worked alongside Lakeba and her family. We cannot be any more excited to hand over the keys."
Per a team release, this was was first time in the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County's 30-year history that a corporate funding partner has also provided more than 90 percent of the manpower hours required to build a home.