On May 17th, 2019, dozens of Orange County, Calif. executives and business leaders will join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County in Fullerton, Calif. for the 11th annual Leaders Build Challenge. Over the course of the one-day event, four participant teams will help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes for the area’s low-income families and raise over $300,000 to support future efforts.

The Leaders Build Challenge event is the culmination of weeks of online fund-raising efforts for each of the sponsor teams, who are competing against each other to raise the most money for the organization. On the day of the event, the teams will have the chance to earn additional points in a series of construction-themed games during the build. The winner will be announced at the end of the work day.

"Each year, I look forward to swapping my suit and tie for jeans and a hard hat to compete in the Leaders Build Challenge," says Dallas Imbimbo, co-founder of Big Rentz. "The best part is that I get to use my competitive nature for a good cause – building affordable homes for people in my community."

This year’s Leaders Build Challenge is sponsored by 34 local businesses and regional branches, including Big Rentz, Penn Mutual, Spectrum Brands, Wells Fargo, and Toshiba. The event will run from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Fullerton Richmond Park.

Habitat OC has built more than 200 new homes in Orange County since its inception in 1998, and assisted over 4,000 people experiencing financial hardship. The annual Leader’s Build Challenge has consistently supported the organization’s mission to provide Orange County families with stable and affordable single-family housing.

"For the past 11 years, our Leaders Build Challenge has enticed the most competitive business and community leaders in Orange County to skip a day at the office to make a difference in the community," says Chris Baiocchi, Habitat OC’s vice president of fund development. "I love seeing these accomplished executives get their hands dirty to build homes for families in need."