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Habitat to build house, fight breast cancer with one project

Building a house, fighting cancer all with one project

EAST TAMPA — The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity will build two homes in a week as part of an event to support breast cancer research.

Volunteers for the Suzie Q Blitz Build will begin work next weekend. The second annual event is in honor of Suzanne Hastings, the wife of one of the chapter's volunteer crew leaders. She died of breast cancer in January 2008 at the age of 36.

Ralph Jackson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, said the main goal is to raise awareness and educate people about the disease.

Jackson also said the event will raise between $3,000 and $5,000 for cancer research at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

He hopes that the fundraiser will grow in years to come. "I think that this could become a major fundraiser every year," he said.

A total of 70 volunteers will work each day on the two houses on N 16th Street in East Tampa. There will be a women's team and a co-ed team. The event lasts from Oct. 24-31.

The $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt, lunch and snacks. Volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle. To register to be a volunteer, visit HabitatHillsborough.com.

HISTORIC HYDE PARK — The City Council is scheduled to decide Thursday if a vacant lot on S Boulevard can be converted to a parent parking lot for Gorrie Elementary.

The 1-acre lot at the northwest corner of S Boulevard and DeLeon Street is owned by Hyde Park Square LLC. Though the Hillsborough County School Board approved purchasing the lot for $1.5 million in June, it must first be rezoned to allow surface parking.

A summary of the proposal for School Board members says that providing parking at Gorrie Elementary "has been an ongoing challenge."

The lot could accommodate future expansions of Gorrie or nearby Wilson Middle School.

If you know of news in your community, contact Lee Logan at (813) 226-3436 or llogan@sptimes.com.

Habitat to build house, fight breast cancer with one project 10/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2009 4:31am]
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