Among the 500 attendees at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s recent Welcome to Our Neighborhood gala was Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who rushed to the event after sending her teenage son off to his first prom

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Also in attendance was noted home improvement guru Chip Wade. The Emmy-winning HGTV host acted as auctioneer for the “mission moment,” in which event goers were able to donate via their phones to the building of a house that will join the more than 1,500 homes Atlanta Habitat for Humanity has built for deserving families since its inception in 1983. Now in its second year, the Welcome to Our Neighborhood gala, which was held at Legendary Events’ gorgeous venue Flourish, fittingly featured a block party theme complete with a photo booth, street artist, professional dancers, acapella singers and an after party with a DJ and dancing. The event, which is the first large-scale fundraiser in Atlanta Habitat’s history, raised more than $700,000.