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Volunteer Recognition & Fundraising Event

Habitat for Humanity DeKalb is pleased to announce its Blue Jeans, BBQ and Blueprints Festival. This free outdoor street festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and celebrates the tireless volunteers who support our mission. The festival takes place at 2380 4th Street in Tucker, GA.

During the event, Habitat DeKalb will honor four dedicated volunteers and one corporate partner with its highest volunteer honor, naming each of them 2024 Golden Hammer recipients.

The DeKalb County Human Services Department will have several agencies in the Community Resource Village, and craft vendors will be available as well.

The festival also showcases some of the finest local and regional talent, such as the Atlanta Drum Academy, Milkshake Mayfield, LiveWire, Illa Zilla and Gritz & Jelly Butter.

But the entertainment doesn’t stop there. Several teams will take part in our Playhouse Olympics, a friendly competition to build themed playhouses that will be gifted to families with young children. You can be a part of this noble cause – and vote for the best design on site.

Finally, DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson will make a special announcement to help older adult homeowners in DeKalb. Habitat DeKalb appreciates Commissioner Johnson's dedication to enhancing healthy and safe homes in DeKalb County.


Interested in volunteering at this event? 

Golden Hammer Recipients

A Golden Hammer Award recipient is among the most valuable Habitat supporters. They have demonstrated their belief in the mission and organization by providing ongoing support and assistance sustaining Habitat’s growth.

Tom Cordner

Tom, 77 years young, is from Buffalo, NY. He married in 1969, has two sons, and now has 5 grandchildren! He and his wife will be celebrating 55 years together this year. Tom earned a civil engineering degree from Clarkson College and also became a US Marine sergeant before starting his civilian life. For over 30 years, he worked in engineering, construction, and project management for heavy industrial projects.

Beyond work, Tom likes to camp and travel. He’s been able to live in 12 states, visit the other 38, and has been on 5 continents! He started with Habitat to work on a project his church helped sponsor and has stayed involved with Habitat in two counties. Tom truly enjoys helping deserving people (especially veterans), working with Habitat’s like-minded lead volunteers, and passing along his skills.

Rahim Shariff

Rahim is 43 years old and is from Karachi, Pakistan. He came to the states in 1988, attended Druid Hills High and then Georgia Tech. He’s been fond of coding since childhood and went on to work in the software industry for 30 years. He also got married in 2004 and has two kids.

When not working, Rahim enjoys drumming/strummig, rock climbing, and Habitating. Rahim regularly volunteers with Habitat because he desires to make a visible difference in the community where he resides. And he’s been able to do that surrounded by other like-minded volunteers.

Ron Abercrombie

Ron is 76 years old, soon to be 77, and is from Greenville, SC. He spent most of his career working at Emory University in the physiology department of the medical school. When not working, Ron enjoys gardening and hiking.

After retiring in 2011, he wanted to find a way to stay active and useful. He’s always liked carpentry and building things which were a natural fit for Habitat. Ron has been with us for a while and we’re glad he was able to find us. He stays involved because he genuinely enjoys donating his time and labor for worthwhile causes. Plus, it keeps him out of his wife's hair.

Allen Hoffman

Allen is 72 years old, originally from Pennsylvania, and moved to Georgia in 2015. Before retiring, he spent 29 years working for the Navy as a construction and maintenance supervisor. When not working, Allen enjoys working outside and using his hands.

With his background and experience, it made sense for him to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Since then, he’s been able to relate to many projects that we work on. As a bonus, he's able to share his knowledge with other volunteers who come once, a few times, or regularly.

Paragon Bank

We also wanted to include Paragon Bank as a special Golden Hammer Award.

Paragon Bank was founded in the early 2000s after independent banks nearly vanished from the Memphis landscape. A concerned veteran banker, Robert Shaw, decided to take action with other like-minded individuals.

In 2008, Paragon Bank established the Paragon ACTS (Assisting the Community Through Service), which is an initiative focused on providing needed volunteer support to nonprofit organizations that make a difference in education, hunger, or housing.

This partnership began in 2017 and was made possible thanks to long time board member and vice president of Paragon Bank, Eric Larson. Since then, Paragon has consistently provided support to our organization through donations and lots of volunteer hours.

Food provided by Ford's BBQ

Available for purchase


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Illa Zilla is a funk group from Charleston, SC and has wowed audiences in New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and is committed to creating alternate dance styles of original music.

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Gritz & Jelly Butter is one of the top cover bands in the Southeast region, specializing in finger snaps, head nods, swaying hips, foot taps, and good vibes. A seamless mixture of soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, and Classic Rock, this band is the refreshing, high energy soul/funk phenomena that keeps a crowd jamming.


The Atlanta Drum Academy was recently featured on “America’s Got Talent” and was selected as a finalist.  This talented group of young percussion artists promises to kick off the BBB Festival in grand style and excitement!!


Milkshake Mayfield is an Atlanta based world-renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn player and has traveled the world and played with the likes of Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis.

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Live Wire is a dynamic local cover band that has inspired audiences throughout Metro Atlanta. They are extremely talented and promise to provide excitement and thrills for the festival audience.

Sponsors & Tiers

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DFMi is a premiere specialty sales and marketing company, focusing on the travel and transportation industry. DFMi provides innovative solutions to our worldwide customers, building our position as a global food and service ware company.

D2GM Mechanical Services provides top-rated HVAC and refrigeration residential and commercial services. Their mission is to provide each client with quality service and integrity to make each home or business as comfortable and safe as possible.

At MVP Walk-ins, they know you want the ability to safely, independently bathe at home. For many struggling with mobility, the bathroom has become a place of fear and uncertainty. MVP Walk-ins believes no one should be afraid to bathe in their own home.

Kelley Contractors LLC is a small family owned multi-specialty contracting company. They are your source for home improvement, custom building and kitchen & bath remodels.

Kelly Contractors LLC

Palace Roofing Restoration & Gutters, LLC. Right has become known as a leading force in the roofing industry. They understand that your home is a significant investment, and will treat it with the respect and attention to detail it deserves.

Platinum - $5,000

  • Ability to use event's name and/or logo for sponsor targeted promotion
  • Sponsor logo + link to sponsor page of website, thank you board at kick-off party and event
  • Sponsor created logo signage placement throughout festival grounds
  • Promotional sponsor created 10x20 booth with product sampling option

Platinum Sponsor: DFMi

Gold - $2,500

  • Sponsor logo + link to sponsor page of website, thank you board at kick-off party and event
  • Sponsor created logo signage placement throughout festival grounds
  • Promotional sponsor created 10x10 booth with product sampling option

Gold Sponsors: D2GM Mechanical Services, Kelley Contractors, MVP Walk-in Tub and Shower, Palace Roofing Restoration & Gutters

Silver - $1,000

  • Sponsor created logo signage placement throughout festival grounds
  • Promotional sponsor created 10x10 booth with product sampling option

Silver Sponsor: Lorraine Cochran-Johnson

Playhouse - $2,000

Your team will compete with other area corporations/organizations in an on-site build of a playhouse that will be donated to a child in DeKalb.

  • Sponsor created logo signage placement throughout festival grounds
  • Promotional sponsor created 10x10 booth with product sampling option

Playhouse Sponsors: Tucker High School, Chamblee United Methodist Church, Board of Directors/Emory University


What is the Playhouse Project?

The Playhouse Project is a unique opportunity that allows sponsors to partner with Habitat DeKalb to build a playhouse for a local family in need—providing children with a safe place to play and imagine what home means to them. It's designed to teach young children the pride and joy of homeownership.

Sponsoring a Playhouse Build is an easy way to engage with your employees, boost company morale, and build your corporate social responsibility standards. Teams work together on tasks such as putting up the walls, shingling the roof, and attaching the playhouse trim.

Once assembled, teams get a chance to show off their creative skills by decorating each playhouse to fit the likes and interests of the child they've been paired with. We encourage ALL of our sponsors to show up and show out with their most creative designs!!

Project Playhouse donations not only give children a space to call their own, but the funds raised from this event directly support building more affordable homes in DeKalb County.

Become a sponsor

David N. Mitchell

Phone: 770-270-6813 ext. 105
Mobile: 404-313-4774
Email: [email protected]

About Habitat DeKalb

Habitat For Humanity- DeKalb is one of the few nonprofits in DeKalb County that provides affordable home repairs for older adults through our Aging in Place Program (AIP).

We focus on providing home repairs and modifications that'll allow seniors and veterans to age in place safely. Through AIP, we do things like install walk-in showers and grab bars in bathrooms, build wheelchair accessible ramps, upgrade water heaters, HVAC systems, and electrical work, repair floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, doors, windows, plumbing leaks, and more.

We are funded through sponsorships and donations from churches, corporations, and individuals like you! We operate with an Executive Director and small staff, supported by a volunteer Board of Directors and many volunteers.


Our Mission

Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb seeks to put God’s love into action, by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.


Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live.