Americus, Ga. - May 4, 2000 - Habitat For Humanity International founder and president Millard Fuller and his wife Linda will spend this weekend celebrating the Indianapolis 500 Festival. The Fullers have good reasons to celebrate: this year's Festival's theme is "Back Home Again in Indiana" and Habitat is now the world's largest non-governmental provider of low-income housing.
The Fullers, who together started Habitat for Humanity in 1976, will host a news conference on Friday afternoon with First Lady Judy O'Bannon and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson. At that conference, Mr. Fuller will announce Habitat for Humanity’s plans to host their international 25th Anniversary Celebration in Indianapolis in September 2001.
"We are going to invite the entire world to Indianapolis," said Fuller from his Georgia office. "Habitat works in 67 countries around the world and in more than 1500 communities in the United States. When we gather in Indiana 16 months from now, Indianapolis will become the focus of a global movement to make sure that every person on the face of the earth has at least a decent, safe place to sleep."
The Fullers will spend their weekend at the 500 Festival highlighting Habitat's 21st Century Challenge, an initiative that challenges and equips cities and towns to eliminate poverty housing in their communities. The 25th Anniversary celebrations will feature dozens of cities announcing the dates by which they expect to reach this goal. The Fullers will also join thousands in Saturday's AmerUs 500 Festival 5K walk, an event which will raise nearly $50,000 for Habitat's efforts in Indianapolis. Mr. Fuller will also throw the first pitch at Saturday evening's Indianapolis Indians baseball game.
The press conference with the Fullers, Mrs. O'Bannon and Mayor Peterson will take place at 2:30pm, Friday, May 5, at Pan Am Plaza, 201 South Capital, Indianapolis, IN.
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its more than 1,900 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 85,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.