HBAGNO To Host Gala Celebration In Honor Of 75 Years Of Building Strong Homes And Stronger Communities

NEW ORLEANS – In 2016, the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans (HBAGNO) will celebrate 75 years of building homes and strong communities.

         This being New Orleans, the HBAGNO plans to kick off its celebration early with a 75th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

         The evening will include the installation of 2015-2016 board president and members, recognition of past HBA presidents and a celebration of the future of the HBAGNO with live musical entertainment, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction.

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         A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s celebration will benefit Camp Challenge, a grass roots non-profit organization dedicated to giving Louisiana children with cancer and chronic hematological disorders a free, one-week, summer camp experience.

         Over the past 75 years, Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans (HBAGNO) has served as the preeminent voice and leader of the metro area’s residential construction industry. HBAGNO members have built entire communities and subdivisions throughout the region – housing thousands of families safely, affordably and professionally. And, by educating members and the general public as to the best and most dynamic construction practices, its professionals have set the region on a course for future decades of healthy housing construction and growth, while contributing to the betterment of countless neighborhoods and communities.

         Additionally, in the years following Hurricane Katrina, the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans offered solid housing advice, such as practical tips for hiring a contractor, which helped thousands of residents returning to the city to rebuild their homes or build new ones; tips for preparing homes for storm season; and worked in conjunction with the NFL Players Association to build new homes for returning residents in the city’s hard-hit Lower 9th Ward.

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         The association has also served the community in various capacities, including through several large-scale housing events like the New Orleans Home & Garden Show, which takes place annually at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, via its annual Parade of Homes, and through a host of other events, programs or public policy initiatives.

         “Home ownership creates strong communities, which benefits all of us,” said Jon Luther, executive vice president of Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans. “Local home construction, in and of itself, is a tremendous economic-generator, creating thousands of good paying jobs and driving revenues back into local treasuries. This is what we have done throughout our 75-year history and what we look forward to continuing into our next 75 years and beyond.”

         HBAGNO is a professional organization representing the residential housing industry, serving its members and the community since 1941. Membership is comprised of more than 1,000 dues-paying home builders, developers, remodelers and associated businesses. The HBA serves the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James.

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         The black tie, 75th Anniversary Gala event is open to the public and tickets are $100 ($75 for HBA members) and are available online or by calling (504) 837-2700.

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