Habitat Williamson-Maury to hold inaugural
Polar Plunge & Winter Festival

Westhaven to host family-friendly event



Who:  Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury

What:  Polar Plunge & Winter Festival

When:  Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 11am to 1pm

Where: Westhaven Residents’ Club – 401 Cheltenham Ave, Franklin, TN

Sponsored by: Westhaven, the Westhaven Foundation, Keller Williams, and Froggy’s Fog


For Immediate Release

(Franklin, TN) On Saturday, February 20, Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) will hold its first Polar Plunge & Winter Festival at the Westhaven Residents’ Club at 401 Cheltenham Ave, Franklin, TN 37064. This fun, family-friendly event will include children’s activities hosted by the Academy of Westhaven and the Junior Predators, a snow machine, music from DJ Louis Lee, and food trucks, including Brothers Burgers and Granite City. The event will culminate with warm-hearted volunteers taking a frosty dip into Westhaven’s outdoor pool to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing mission. WSVM Channel Four’s Chief Meteorologist Lisa Spencer will be the guest of honor at the event and will lead the plunge countdown.

“This is one for the bucket list!” notes HFHWM Director of Communications Jennee Galland. “There are a lot of great ways to support Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury, but this is certainly the one with the most bragging rights. We challenge brave souls to come out take the plunge to help us raise funds to build affordable homes for local families. And you don’t have to do it alone! You can challenge your friends, family, office, or church group to join you. All ages are welcome to take the plunge.”

HFHWM’s goal for the Polar Plunge is to raise $15,000. Each plunge participant is asked to raise at least $100 through donations from their personal network. “We want to make fundraising for the plunge as easy as possible,” explains Galland. “We have sample letters, emails, and online tools to make the process simple, and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Plus who could say “no” to this request!”

Corporate sponsorships are also available. “We would like to thank Westhaven, the Westhaven Foundation, Keller Williams, and Froggy’s Fog for their generous support of this event. There is still time to become an event sponsor,” explains Galland. “We have several levels of support, and it is a great way to showcase your brand while supporting Habitat.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Please visit www.hfhwm.org to learn more about the event, sponsorship, or participating in the plunge.  Please contact Jennee Galland at 615-550-5617 with any questions. For additional information or to get involved as a donor, volunteer, or business sponsor, please contact Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties at 615-690-8090 or visit www.hfhwm.org.



For 22 years, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties (HFHWM) has partnered with local churches, businesses, foundations, and the public sector to provide 200 Williamson and Maury County families with the opportunity to purchase their own homes. Home construction and neighborhood development is funded through tax-deductible financial contributions and in-kind donations from local businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals, as well as through profits generated from the affiliate’s ReStore. These contributions, along with the labor of sponsor employees, church members, high school students, and other volunteers, enable HFHWM to build and sell homes to families who qualify.

After a thorough qualification process, applicants are selected based on three criteria: the need for housing, the ability to pay the mortgage, and the willingness to partner. HFHWM partner families must earn at least 280 hours of “sweat equity” by completing a homebuyer’s education program and working on their home and the homes of others. HFHWM sells the homes at no profit and provides a zero-interest mortgage loan, which make payments affordable. For more information about our homeownership program, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.hfhwm.org.