The Catholic High School community welcomed Gabby Wicks and her two sons into their new home
The Catholic High School community welcomed Gabby Wicks and her two sons into their new home on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2019. CHS graduate Warrick Dunn ’93 partnered with CHS, Habitat for Humanity and Aaron’s Furniture to give the family the surprise of a lifetime.
Dunn, a CHS Grizzly Great and former Tampa Bay running back, fully supplied and furnished the Wicks home with everything the family could possibly need. From wall décor, electronics and bedroom furniture, to family board games, toothbrushes and groceries, the home was truly move-in-ready. On top of all that, Dunn contributed $5,000 toward closing costs.
“Catholic High is proud to partner with Habitat and is extremely grateful and proud to once again partner with CHS class of 1993 graduate Warrick Dunn in his Home for the Holidays Program,” said CHS Principal Lisa Harvey. “Through the efforts of Habitat for Humanity, Catholic High and Warrick Dunn Charities, Gabby and her sons received the keys to their completely furnished beautiful home. It was a privilege for members of the CHS community to be with her yesterday and share in her joy.”
Dunn and his Home for the Holidays program through his charity, Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC), have been serving the community for more than 20 years. WDC has awarded millions in home furnishings, food and other donations to single-parent families and children across the nation to combat poverty, hunger and ensure families have comfortable surroundings and basic necessities to improve their quality of life.
During the 2017-2018 school year, CHS announced it would sponsor and build a house for Habitat for Humanity, making it the third house sponsored by CHS. The student body committed to raise $50,000 and Habitat paid the remaining $25,000 for the build. CHS students, faculty, staff, alumni and volunteers began the build in fall 2018 with Habitat crew and the homeowner, Gabby.
“The presentation of the Habitat home to Gabby Wicks and her family was a tremendous moment for both the Wicks family and Catholic High School,” added Harvey. “I was particularly proud that the CHS students in attendance were the ones to hand over the keys to Gabby. It was a special moment for all of us and we can’t wait to begin the process for the next Habitat build.”