NASHVILLE, TN — Hermitage Lighting Gallery was recognized by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville for its contributions to Habitat in a relationship spanning decades. On November 9 at 2 p.m., Habitat cut the ribbon at 340 Schoolhouse Ct., which was the 300th house for which Hermitage Lighting Gallery has donated the lighting packages.
In 2004, Jack Fleischer, owner of Hermitage Lighting Gallery, came to the grand opening of Habitat’s ReStore on 8th Ave. S. and never really left. He supported the ReStore opening by hosting lunches, along with Charles Sprintz of Sprintz Furniture, in order to educate other Nashville retailers about Habitat’s mission to help low-income families purchase homes through donations to the ReStore. In 2010, Jack completed an IronMan in which he raised more than $10,000 in support of Habitat’s mission, and has also served on Habitat’s Board of Directors and remains active on its Advisory Board today.
“Hermitage Lighting Gallery has been an enormous supporter of not only Habitat for Humanity’s mission to help low-income families change their lives through home-ownership, but Jack was also a great supporter of the ReStore since it opened in 2004. Jack has been a boundless presence and voice for Habitat’s mission and instrumental in positive changes for Habitat homeowners as well as the community. We are so grateful for his continued support,” said Danny Herron, president and CEO of Habitat of Greater Nashville.
Hermitage Lighting Gallery, celebrating 70 years of business this year, has supported Habitat’s sustainability program by donating lighting packages that meet ENERGY STAR standards. Habitat of Greater Nashville received its fifth ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award in 2014. Habitat’s construction innovations ensure homeowners’ monthly utility bills average $78 for a 1,200 square foot home. Of the 366 Energy Star certified Habitat Nashville homes, homeowners collectively realize annual savings of $293,160, or about $840 per family, on utility bills. Habitat homeowners save an average of $25,000 over the life of the mortgage that can be directed toward food, medical expenses, transportation and education, rather than utility bills. This degree of energy-efficient construction is a key component of how Habitat makes homeownership affordable for low-income families.
The 300th house for Habitat partner family, Hashi Said and Hebak Hersi, was sponsored by David and Roxane McGowan and the Regent Homes Board Challenge, Rotary Club of Nashville, of which Fleischer is a member, and Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. The Habitat Board and Advisory Board members were challenged to raise $20,000 which was matched by David and Roxane McGowan and Regent Homes.
“Habitat changes peoples’ lives and it’s the structure of the community that we are changing as well. Habitat is a game changer, community changer, and life changer,” said Fleischer. “When it comes to Habitat for Humanity, I really get it.”
About Hermitage Lighting Gallery
Hermitage Lighting Gallery is a 70-year-old, third generation company based in Nashville, Tennessee. It is Nashville’s largest lighting showroom with over 4,000 light fixtures, antiques, lamps and lampshades on display. It also offers a comprehensive variety of kitchen cabinetry, hardware, appliances and luxurious bath products. For more information, visit www.hermitagelighting.com or call (615) 843-3300.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Since 1985, Habitat of Greater Nashville has built or recycled over 875 homes, over 675 locally. For information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, call 615-254-HOME (4663) or visit www.habitatnashville.org.
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