Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity (AVHFH) has announced that Arkansas State head football coach Gus Malzahn will be the featured guest speaker at the first annual Food, Fun & Faith Luncheon on August 26, 2012. This fundraising event will be held at the Fort Smith Convention Center – Hall C at 1:00 pm. A special meet and greet session will take place at noon for all VIP ticket holders.
Malzahn was named head football coach at Arkansas State in January 2012, allowing him to return to his home state after enjoying three successful NCAA assistant-coaching stints. Previously, Malzahn served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Auburn for three years, including during their BCS National Championship season.
A native of Fort Smith, Malzahn spent 14 seasons as a high school coach, leading seven teams to the state championship game and winning three titles. He served on the coaching staff at both Arkansas and Tulsa before joining the Auburn staff. Following the 2010 season, Malzahn received the Frank Broyles Award, the nation’s top collegiate assistant coaching award.
Malzahn is known for his high-powered, innovative offenses and his ability to inspire and motivate young athletes. “We are very excited to have Coach Malzahn, a man not only known for his coaching record, but also for his strong faith, as our guest speaker at our first annual Food, Fun & Faith Luncheon,” said Debbie Everly, AVHFH’s Development Director. The luncheon will include a silent auction with several autographed items, plus a question and answer session.
For more information, including package details and ticket information, visit www.habitatfs.org, or call 479-782-8255. Ticket pricing is as follows:
Sideline Sponsor Package: $1,000 for table of ten in front two rows (Limited availability)
Box Seat Sponsor Package: $500 for one premium table of 10
Individual VIP seating: $100 per ticket
Individual General Seating: $50
Student General Tickets: $25 (Limited availability, must show valid current student ID
at the door)
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian homebuilding program with a mission of eradicating poverty housing and the philosophy of “‘a hand up, not a handout.” Habitat offers a true partnership arrangement by which families with limited incomes can attain their goal of home ownership. Habitat provides interest free mortgages, requiring 300-400 hours of sweat equity from each partner family. Quality, simple and affordable housing for families stabilizes and invigorates neighborhoods and contributes tremendously to the health and vigor of our local economy. Neighborhoods that have higher ownership rates are statistically safer and more stable, and have higher property values and less crime. It has also been proven that student test scores improve tremendously when moved from poverty housing to a home of their own.
Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 88 homes in Sebastian and Crawford Counties since the affiliate opened in 1989.