A great turnout for a fun event

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I was once again impressed by our local community on Saturday night. Area residents packed the Cassville High School gymnasium to watch the Habitat Hometown Heroes take on the Harlem Ambassadors. Those in attendance likely left a positive impression on the professional players as they cheered for both teams playing in the contest, which raised around $2,000 for Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County.

Habitat Board members organized the event, Jerry Marple served as the Habitat Hometown Heroes coach, and over 20 local business men and women volunteered to play in the basketball game. Habitat was also assisted by the CHS Athletic Booster Club, which offered concessions during the game and donated a portion of proceeds to the home-building organization.

I hope all local residents who had the opportunity to attend the fundraiser had as much fun as my family and I did. In addition to enjoying a night out, I hope that each attendee took a moment to think about the importance of Habitat For Humanity. The local organization works to build affordable housing for low-income individuals. Families that partner with Habitat do not receive free homes. They take part in the building process by donating sweat equity hours and in turn receive a home that they are required to pay for through a no-interest loan.

Homes are built using monetary and building supply donations. Often, partnering families donate supplies toward the building project to help lower the cost of their new home. Habitat For Humanity hosts several fundraising events each year, including its annual banquet. The organization also accepts monetary donations and building materials throughout the year and receives support from shoppers who visit the Habitat Restore on Main Street in Cassville.

An easy way local residents can help support the organization is to sign up for the Golden Hammers Club. Members of the club make a commitment to donate as little as $5 per month to Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County. Club membership forms can be obtained at Sater Pharmacy, the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce or the Restore.

Thank you to all who came out for this weekend's event. By attending, you made a positive impact on our community by helping to provide local residents with adequate housing at a low cost.

Lindsay Reed