Pacers & Fever team up with FOX 59, Williams Comfort Air for Habitat for Humanity

Aug 11, 2011 | Photos

The Pacers and the Fever teamed up with FOX 59 WXIN and Williams Comfort Air to build a house, literally, as part of Habitat for Humanity. CMH Builders, Inc. supervised the seven-week construction project less than three miles from Conseco Fieldhouse and on Thursday morning, August 11, Angelia Schmidt and her family cut the ribbon and walked into their new home just east of Fountain Square.

On hand for the Home Blessing Celebration were Pacers President Jim Morris, Pacers COO Rick Fuson, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, VP Quinn Buckner, VP Greg Schenkel, the Pacemates, Boomer and Freddy Fever.

Morris presented the Schmidt family with a signed Fever team basketball, assorted team gifts and tickets to a Fever game. Coach Vogel gave them a signed ball, wishing the family well as they begin a new chapter in their life.

“Talk about emotional,” said Vogel. “This family is so happy. You could just see it in the eyes of the kids. They are so excited to finally have their own home. It was very special for me to be a part of this.”

“I can’t thank Fox 59 and Williams Comfort Air enough,” said Morris. “It’s just another extraordinary example of people coming together in this community for the good. The Pacers and the Fever take very serious our roles as community assets. We are humbled and honored to have helped with this house.”

Fuson added that the Fever players really got involved. “Two of our great players - Shyra Ely and Jeanette Pohlen - are individually really proud. They came out one day and volunteered to help. They ended up helping build the front window! They are seriously very proud of their efforts. And so are we.”