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Habitat for Humanity honors Jack Kemp’s extraordinary commitment to service with a three-day build event and memorial celebration

“When you participate in the Habitat movement, you encounter a true partnership experience. You find that the more we work together, the more we accomplish. Donors, volunteers, homeowners everyone shares in the rewards of partnership housing.”—Jack Kemp


Jack Kemp speaks before the Kouassi/Harper family receives keys to a new house (milestone 200,000th house).



Jimmy Kemp, son of the late Jack Kemp, continues his father’s legacy of helping to build affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity.

EDWARDS, Colorado (August 19, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties will host a three-day build event celebrating the extraordinary service of Jack Kemp, former Habitat for Humanity International board member, U.S. Congressman and secretary for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The event will recognize the tremendous impact of Mr. Kemp’s efforts toward affordable housing and will continue his legacy of service.

From August 20–22, members of Kemp’s family and Habitat for Humanity International representatives will join members of the local community to help build a home in Edwards’ Fox Hollow complex, located at 0060 Murray Road. There will be a public ceremony on August 21 at 3:30 p.m.

“Jack Kemp was a leader in the housing industry,” said Ron Terwilliger, chair of the board of HFHI, and chairman of Trammell Crow Residential. “He was instrumental in providing homeownership and housing opportunities to underserved and working families across the country. His presence will be deeply missed, but his contributions will be felt for years to come.”

Jack Kemp’s contributions to Habitat for Humanity will continue to impact families worldwide. Having served on Habitat’s international board of directors from 2000–2007, Kemp chaired multiple capital campaigns. Under his leadership, Habitat was able to raise more than $700 million, enough funding to build nearly 150,000 Habitat homes between the various campaigns.

Kemp was a part-time Vail resident, spending time in the area during summer and winter months with his extended family, including his grandchildren. He made great contributions to the Vail community. His spirit of service and commitment to community is felt in many ways throughout Vail Valley.

“He’s just been one of those wonderful people who come to Vail and behind the scenes, help make Vail a wonderful place,” said Harry Frampton, president of East West Partners.

The dynamic career of Jack Kemp began as a professional football player. After a successful 13 years on the field, Jack Kemp was elected to Congress in 1970 and represented the Buffalo, New York area for 18 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kemp served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1989–1993. In 1996, Kemp ran for vice president. Kemp also founded and co-directed Empower America, a public policy and advocacy organization. He also founded and served as chairman of the consulting firm Kemp Partners.

Members of the media are welcome to cover all segments of the build, and encouraged to participate in the public ceremony. For more information about Habitat for Humanity or the event, please e-mail or call 970-748-6718.

About Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties
Habitat builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with local families in need of housing. Founded in 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties has built 25 homes to date. By the end of the Fox Hollow home project, HFHELC will have completed 35 homes—housing 35 families and more than 100 children. Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties is one of 31 affiliates in the State of Colorado and part of a global organization serving 3,000 communities in nearly 90 countries. The affiliate Web site is

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit