Habitat hosts successful event

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Number one fan Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Alex Winborn nabbed an autograph from Harlem Ambassador Adrian Johnson before the team's contest against the Habitat Hometown Heroes on Saturday night. Nearly 500 community members attended the event, which raised around $2,000 for Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County. Pictured above, from left, are: Winborn and Johnson.

Nearly 500 local community members attended Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County's fundraising event held at the Cassville High School gymnasium on Saturday night. The event raised around $2,000 for the local organization.

"It was fantastic," said Nora Young, Habitat president. "I think everybody had fun. I think the basketball players had a lot of fun. We had a pretty good team.

"It was a successful event for Habitat," said Young. "We would like to do it again."

Area residents attended the event to see the Habitat Hometown Heroes play basketball against the Harlem Ambassadors.

The local team included: Tim Jordan, Exeter School District counselor; Mark Kelley, of Barry Electric Cooperative; Sammy Clapper, the voice of the Cassville Wildcats; Mark Scott; Jeremy Stearns, Cassville High School (CHS) alum; Terry Jamieson, Cassville Middle School principal; Chris Redmon, CHS principal; Eric White, Cassville Intermediate School principal; Matt Freeman, Purdy High School alum; Rachael Freeman, Barry County Advertiser editor.

Desiree Corn, CHS alum; Ken Cieslinski, owner of Ken's Collision in Cassville; Robbie Artherton, Shell Knob School coach; Mike Clifton; Chris Seymour; Cody Cantwell, CHS alum; Nancy Foulke, of Barry County Probation and Parole office; Andy Lambel, Cassville United Methodist Church pastor; Jeremy Marple, of Willis Insurance; Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator; and Bob Crouthamel, Cassville YMCA sports and youth director.

"I would like to thank our players for being such good sports and helping Habitat raise money," said Young. "The board did an outstanding job too. I couldn't have done any of it without all of them. I also want to thank all of the volunteers and all of the people who came."

Proceeds from the event will go directly into the local organization's building fund and be used to construct homes in southern Barry County.

"We are looking to start another project soon," said Young. "We have a few families approved for homes. We would like to have more apply. We are also always looking for lots for construction projects."

Individuals interested in being considered for a future Habitat home can obtain an application at the Habitat Restore, which is located on Main Street in Cassville.

To be eligible for a Habitat home, a family must be living in substandard housing, have the ability to make a no-interest house payment and be willing to partner with Habitat by completing 300 sweat equity building hours on the project.

In addition to fundraisers, Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County funds building projects using donations and money raised through the Restore.

"Donations to the Restore provide funding that stays in the county," said Young. "We accept and sell everything except clothing. The Restore offers household goods, building supplies and furniture."

Area residents can further help Habitat For Humanity by becoming a member of the Golden Hammer Club.

"By joining the Golden Hammer Club, you commit to donate to Habitat monthly for one year," said Young. "You can donate as little as $5 per month.

"If half the county donated $5 per month we could build a house with those funds," said Young. "A donation of $5 per month can put a door on someone's house. Every dollar that we put together with the other dollars we have collected can do some good."

Community members interested in joining the Golden Hammer Club can obtain a commitment form at Sater Pharmacy, the Cassville Chamber of Commerce or the Restore.

For more information on Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County or the organization's fundraising efforts, call Young at 847-0360.

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