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Trail Blazers, Wells Fargo, Habitat For Humanity Portland/Metro East Successfully Tip-Off 'Home Team Challenge'

Unprecedented group of 150 volunteers began the framing on eight homes

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers and corporate partner Wells Fargo teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East to tip off the 'Home Team Challenge' in Gresham on Thursday, Sept. 15.

A team of 150 volunteers worked together to begin the framing and fencing for eight houses, which will become home to over 40 people. The 150 volunteers made the collaborative effort the largest one-day build in Habitat's 30-year history.

"The Habitat program works because we don't have to pay people to build these homes," said Habitat's Executive Director Steve Messinetti. "We sell these homes to families at our cost. Thanks to the donations that we get from folks like Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers, we are able to provide the family with a 0% interest mortgage to make it affordable for the life of their loan." 

Among the volunteers were Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan and his coaching staff, and team ambassadors Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey and Dale Schlueter.

"The Trail Blazers mission is to make it better , helping kids and families live, learn and play in the community," said Porter. "Wells Fargo has always been very good partner of ours and they've done a great job helping us work with Habitat for Humanity on this project." 

Porter and Kersey captained separate teams that competed in light-hearted challenges throughout the day. The challenges will be posted on the Trail Blazers online digital network,  trailblazers.tv, in the coming weeks.

A photo gallery of the event can be found here.

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