Super Bowl fans in Eastern Iowa huddle up for Habitat for Humanity

Charity hopes to raise funds for program at Super Bowl watch parties

Published: January 14 2014 | 7:00 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:03 am in
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Super Bowl Sunday is a day for house parties dedicated to football and food.

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity is hoping some Eastern Iowa residents will use the parties they’re already hosting to also raise funds for homes for families in need.

“Our tag line is party with purpose,” said Bea Flodeen, director of communications for Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity. “Folks that are enjoying their home and a party with their friends - if they could just share even a little bit of that, they can help someone be able to enjoy being in a home of their own next year.”

The fundraising effort is called “Home Team Huddle.” Habitat is looking for area residents to sign up to host a Super Bowl Party on Feb. 2. Party hosts will receive a “party pack” with promotional materials and will be asked to collect donations for Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity during half-time.

This year, the Cedar Rapids Titans will team up with Habitat for Humanity again for two Home Team Huddle parties. One will be at the Clarion Hotel and the other at Planet X. (The Gazette)"

For those who would like to support the effort but don’t feel hosting a party is for them, Habitat is partnering with local football team Cedar Rapids Titans and with Collins Road Theatre to host two parties.

Collins Road Theatre, 1462 Twixt Town Road, will show the game and will be accepting donations. Doors open at 4 p.m. before the 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Titans, who play for the Indoor Football League, are hosting two parties. Half of the Titans players, coaches and members of the Titans Dolls dance team will watch the game at the Clarion Hotel, 525 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, with anyone who wants to attend. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m., and entry is donation-based. The other half of the team will be at a Home Team Huddle Party at Planet X Fun Center, 4444 First Ave. N.E. Suite 3001, Cedar Rapids, from 3 to 6 p.m. Entry is $10, with $5 being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Everyone who registers and donates during one of the parties will be entered into a drawing for a trip for two to an NFL game next season.

Flodeen said last year’s efforts raised about $10,000, with 55 parties around the area. That money helped Habitat’s mission of partnering with local families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford adequate housing.

In the Greater Cedar Rapids area, Habitat has built or renovated about 120 homes. Partner families make a $500 down payment, invest 300-400 hours of “sweat equity” labor into the homes and attend a series of financial and basic home maintenance training classes. Their monthly payments on a no-interest, no-profit mortgage go into a revolving “Fund for Humanity” which helps pay for the construction of more Habitat homes and daily operating expenses.

“We do all of our own local fundraising. We don’t get anything from Habitat International,” Flodeen said. “We’re really fortunate to have some folks who are involved with local giving.”

People who want to learn more or to host a party should visit www.habitatfootball.com.

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