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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Announces 9th Annual “Power Women Power Tools” Build Event at Sony Pictures Studios

pwmn2More than 200 Women Volunteers to Participate on Sat., June 15, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – May 21 2013Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (HFH GLA) highly anticipated “Power Women Power Tools” (PWPT) build returns to Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, June 15, 2013. More than two hundred volunteers will participate. The volunteers will be framing walls, which will be used for future construction of decent, sustainable and affordable homes in the local community. HFH GLA is also pleased to welcome back Lowe’s, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Union Bank as sponsors of this year’s event.

PWPT, now in its ninth year, attracts hundreds of professional women from various sectors, including corporate, entertainment, education and faith to build homes side by side. Since 2004, thousands of PWPT volunteers have helped build numerous homes locally and also have framed walls to be used in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf region.

“The amazing support of our host and honorary committees and the return of our valued sponsors, truly demonstrates the popularity and strength of this annual event,” says Erin Rank, president and CEO, HFH GLA.  “We look forward to this event year after year as a powerful way to spread awareness and support for our mission.”

Confirmed PWPT Hosts:

  • Maureen Ausura, Lowe’s
  • Jessika Borsiczky, Refugee Productions
  • Amy Gravitt, HBO
  • Wendy Kirk, Ziffren Brittenham, LLP
  • Hannah Minghella, Columbia Pictures
  • Whitney Showler, Music for Relief
  • Natalie Tran, CAA

Confirmed PWPT Honorary Host Committee:

  • Hon. Karen Bass, U.S. Representative, CA-37
  • Dotsie Bausch, Olympic Medalist
  • Carol Block, UCLA
  • Cher Calvin, KTLA
  • Tia Carrere, Actress
  • Melanie Cook, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Celine Cordero, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Hon. Cristina Garcia, CA State Assembly Member, 58th District
  • Jennifer Grey, Actress
  • Kristina Guerrero, E! News
  • Terri Haack, Terranea Resort
  • Hon. Janice Hahn, U.S. Representative, CA-44
  • Teri Hatcher, Actress
  • Gale Anne Hurd, Valhalla Motion Pictures
  • Eva Kalawski, Platinum Equity
  • Kate Linder, Actress
  • Lisa Ling, Journalist
  • Jennifer Livingston, Union Bank
  • Lisa LoCicero, Actress
  • Hon. Bonnie Lowenthal, CA State Assembly Member, 70th District
  • Kim McManus, Awaken Humanity
  • Hon. Holly Mitchell, CA State Assembly Member, 54th District
  • Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Hon. Fran Pavley, CA State Senator, 27th District
  • Emily Procter, Actress
  • Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. Representative, CA-40
  • Linda Russell, Wells Fargo
  • Hon. Meghan Sahli-Wells, Vice Mayor of Culver City
  • Hon. Linda Sanchez, U.S. Representative, CA-38
  • Hon. Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative, CA-43
  • Dean Margaret Weber, Pepperdine University
  • Danielle Zapotoczny, UN Foundation

“Lowe’s is committed to helping improve the local communities we serve through our longtime partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” said Maureen Ausura, Lowe’s chief human resources officer.  “We’re excited once again to make a lasting impact in the Los Angeles community with the support of our Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers.”

PWPT is an invitation-only event and additional sponsorship opportunities are available, including silent auction donations. To inquire about opportunities to partner with HFH GLA and support this event, please contact Jennifer Wise at

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About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 800 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit

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Media Contacts:

Jo-An Turman, HFH GLA

T: 310-749-6613


Angela Moore, Starfish P.R.

T: 310-429-8868