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Habitat honors Jack Kemp Friday in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake counties began its three-day build event yesterday in Colorado’s Vail Valley celebrating the extraordinary service of Jack Kemp, former Habitat for Humanity International board member, U.S. Congressman and part-time Vail Valley resident.

Members of Kemp’s family and Habitat for Humanity International representatives are joining members of the community to help build a home in Edwards’ Fox Hollow complex, at 0060 Murray Road. The public ceremony is Friday at 3:30 p.m.

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

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.

“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.

Kemp began his career as a professional football player. After 13 years on the field, Kemp was elected to Congress in 1970 and represented the Buffalo, N.Y., 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.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity or the event, e-mail kristi@habitateaglelake.org. or call 970-748-6718.

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