Wednesday April 28, 2021 
8:00 – 8:45 a.m

Virtual Event – Free to Attend 

Join us for a powerful and inspiring virtual event which will raise funds to build and repair homes for families and individuals across the Portland region. Featuring award-winning journalist Ann Curry, this is a program you won’t want to miss. 

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Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Ambassador Council Co-Chair Nina Byrd

After a year of crisis, we come together to reflect on the power that a community of neighbors can have in improving our lives and building brighter futures.

The 45-minute long program features award-winning journalist Ann Curry who will bring her experience as a former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent to reflect on today’s realities, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll bring you news from our newly-merged Habitat for Humanity Portland Region organization and share stories of people whose lives have been changed because of the work we do. You’ll have the opportunity to support the building and repairing of more than 115 homes this year in Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro. 

Where & When

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
8:00 am – 9:00 am

2021 Program

Ann Curry

Keynote Speaker

Award-winning journalist and photojournalist Ann Curry is the current Executive Producer and reporter of “We’ll Meet Again,” a PBS series that features reunions of people whose lives crossed, and then separated, at pivotal moments and during world-changing events. A former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent, Curry has covered the wars in Syria, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Serbia, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq, reported on nuclear tensions from North Korea and Iran. She has also reported humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Japan and Southeast Asia, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter (@AnnCurry) is credited for helping to speed the arrival of humanitarian planes. She is also the force behind groundbreaking prime time hours on Climate Change, poverty in America and Iran.

TiWanna “TK” Kenney


TiWanna “TK” Kenney is the fearless hero we’ve all cheered on. After courageously serving our country, she decided to swap her combat boots for heels and change lives around the country, one nonprofit at a time. She has lived all over the globe and loves exploring culture. Service is her passion and supporting nonprofits get her pumped up. TK aspires to inspire change and is doing so as the first Black woman to earn the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation. Her journey has taken her from over 13 years in financial services, community relations to finally discovering her passion as an auctioneer/emcee.

Steve Messinetti

President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

Steve Messinetti began his 27-year Habitat for Humanity career working at Habitat’s International headquarters in Georgia. Since taking the helm at Habitat Portland Region 16 years ago, the organization has tripled the number of people served annually, and currently has plans to triple this number again over the next three years. Under Steve’s leadership, Habitat has been recognized as the Green Home Builder of the Year by Earth Advantage, one of Portland Business Journal’s Most Admired Nonprofits, and received the Rotary Oregon Ethics in Business Award. Steve is an active member of numerous local housing committees and the Habitat for Humanity International New Market Tax Credits Advisory Board.

Brenda Braxton


Brenda is a morning and noon anchor for KGW TV in Portland. In addition to Habitat, Brenda loves devoting time volunteering with organizations like the American Heart Association, Raphael House, and Self Enhancement, Inc.

The Event

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Wait List RSVP

At this time, our event capacity is full. Please RSVP  below and if a spot becomes available, you will be notified.

Event Sponsors






Supporting Sponsors

AMW Inc.

Dunn Carney

HB Design

Heritage Bank

KOZ Development

Law Office of Michelle D. Da Rosa

OnPoint Community Credit Union

Walsh Construction

William Wilson Architects

Wood Mechanix

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