Habitat to hold annual banquet Thursday

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County will hold its annual banquet at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18. All community members are invited to attend.

"This is our biggest fundraiser," said Nora Young, Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County president. "People of all kinds come to this just to support Habitat. For $20 each you can eat, fellowship with others and listen to some of the best music around."

The evening will offer musical entertainment by J. Rock and the Third Street Band. Calla Bacon and Cheryl Lee, of C and C Country Store in Exeter, will provide the catered meal. Board members will be recognized during the banquet.

Last year, the organization announced that Delene Abbott would partner with Habitat on a build in the Cassville area. That project is currently well underway on Forrest Circle Drive east of Cassville. Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County is also in the preliminary stages of a build that will be completed at Emerald Beach in Eagle Rock.

Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County accepts applications for housing throughout the year.

"The more houses we build, the closer we get to becoming a self-sufficient organization," said Young. "We really need more people to apply for housing."

Habitat homes are not free. Individuals who apply for housing must be able to pay a no-interest loan. Homes are purchased for the value of materials used in construction. Payments are recycled to help build other Habitat homes in the south Barry County area.

Partnering families are also required to contribute 300 hours of "sweat equity" during the building process. Of those hours, 150 must be completed by the head of the household. The other 150 hours can be provided by friends and family.

Tickets for the annual Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County banquet are available for a $20 donation at Sater Pharmacy, First State Bank, Laminated Panel Systems and the Barry County Neighborhood Center. Community members can also reserve a table for six for $100.

Proceeds from the banquet will benefit current and future building projects.

For more information, call Young at 847-0360 or email her at nora@mo-net.com.

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