SANTA ROSA BEACH — Habitat for Humanity of Walton County raised $6,220 at the 2nd annual Hard Hats & High Heels women’s empowerment luncheon at Trebeache.

More than 100 community-minded women attended the event to support Habitat’s mission of affordable housing in Walton County, doubling the proceeds raised during the first event in 2017.

During the first half of the luncheon, women enjoyed networking, music by DJ 30A, "Construction and Couture" photo booth pictures, engaging activities and raffle competitions such as "She Nailed It" and "Home is the Key."

Attendees also bid in the "A Brush With Kindness" silent auction, which featured five local artists’ repurposed pieces from Habitat’s ReStore. Featured artists were Lee Hensley of Lola's on 30A; Maxine Orange Bern of Maxine Orange Art and Design; Jennifer Jones of Compass Builders of Florida; Kim Pall of Kim Pall-Art & Design; and Marisol Gullo of Not Too Shabby Boutique.

Custom created awards by Velia Lala Designs recognized the 2018 Glamour to the Hammer recipient and longtime Women Build Week committee leader Cindy McCue. Silver Sands Premium Outlets presented the Veronica Macias 2018 Power Woman of the Year award to JL Franklin.

“We were extremely pleased with the turnout for our second year,” Habitat Walton County Executive Director Teresa Imdieke said. “Women are concerned about the status of affordable housing in Walton County. We are bringing them together to advocate on behalf of those in need, educate them on the status of housing in our county and provide actionable ways they can help.”

Habitat for Humanity of Walton County has been serving the community for more than 20 years by building houses and hope. Habitat Walton County is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to eradicating substandard housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low and very-low income families in need. For more information, visit waltoncountyhabitat.org.