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Dr. Jennifer Buchanan
Community Crusader - April
Founder, Smiles for Habitat
Dr. Jennifer Buchanan founded Smiles for Habitat with the vision of providing local support to residents in McKinney, Texas, who qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home. She hopes to be able to raise enough through Smiles for Habitat in the future to build several homes a year in the area.
In 2001, Dr. Buchanan began hosting the annual Smiles for Habitat party to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. In 2008, Dr. Buchanan took her Smiles for Habitat project to the next level by organizing a free outdoor concert open to the public. Smiles for Habitat has raised over $90,000 for the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity through private contributions and corporate sponsorships for its headlining event, the Smiles for Habitat Concert and Family Festival, which is held annually during the Memorial Day weekend. Two families are now living their dream of home ownership thanks to Smiles for Habitat. The organization is currently sponsoring the build of a third home.
Dr. Buchanan wants to bring Smiles for Habitat to several cities nationwide in order help hundreds realize their dream of home ownership.
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