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“Uniting” with Cedar Rapids Youth to Build & Dedicate Homes
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity and local area youth welcome special guest workers Kurt and Brenda Warner as they raised the walls on one home and dedicated another as part of the inaugural Youth United program made possible through $125,000 in grant funding pledged by First Things First at the end of 2011. The Warners and First Things First have been involved with Cedar Valley Habitat since 2009 in response to the flood of 2008 which devastated Kurt’s hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since then First Things First has helped generate nearly $1,000,000 in financial support for Cedar Valley Habitat and its families. In addition to financial support, Kurt and Brenda have made several visits since 2009 donning hard hats and construction gloves to swing hammers and work miter saws to be part of the wall raising on several of the homes the foundation has funded.
A Special Family Reunion
Twenty-two families who took part in the annual “We’re Going to Disney World” trip since 2006 gathered in Scottsdale for a special reunion with First Things First hosted by the Warner family. Everyone enjoyed swimming, ping pong, air hockey, basketball and more as they reminisced and reconnected. Special thanks to Carrabbas Italian Grill for providing a delicious dinner and Sandey Tenudo for capturing the event with photos. Check Kurt’s Facebook page for more pictures from the fun evening. First Things First is hosting another reunion for the Midwest Make-A-Wish/Dream Factory families in St. Louis this summer. In addition, First Things First and the Warners head to Orlando in June for the 12th annual Disney trip!
Big Funds Raised in 10th Annual Event
The Ultimate Football Experience presented by Amway’s Nutrilite brand raised nearly $270,000 for First Things First! Gridiron warriors from Amway (4 teams), Prosource, Remo Tulliani Gear for Men, and PetRays along with individual players who formed teams of eight took to the field with NFL players of the past and present including: Anquan Boldin, Andy Dalton, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Flacco, Michael Irvin, Greg Jennings, Brad Johnson, Brock Osweiler, Terrelle Pryor, Brandon Weeden, Steve Young and of course Kurt Warner. Ultimately Steve Young and PetRays proved victorious over Joe Flacco and last year’s winners, First Things First, to win the Championship. Click here to view the event program with full details on this unique two-day event. Click here to view a highlight video of the weekend’s activities.
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