Habitat For Humanity banquet to be held next week

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County will hold its annual banquet and fundraiser at the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Building on Thursday, Aug. 16. All community members are invited to attend.

"This event helps support the local Habitat For Humanity affiliate build homes," said Nora Young, Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County president.

The meal, which will be served at 6 p.m., will be catered by Calla Bacon, of C and C Country Store in Exeter. Attendees will enjoy brisket with all the trimmings, said Young.

Musical entertainment will be provided by J. Rock and the Third Street Band. The local band will take the stage at 7 p.m.

"We will have several giveaways this year," said Young. "We will hold drawings for a Branson vacation package and tickets to the Show Boat Branson Bell."

Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County Board members will introduce a new partnering family during the banquet. Delene Abbott, who partnered with the group on a build that was completed on Forrest Circle Drive east of Cassville, will also speak at the event.

"We need more people to apply for houses," said Young. "We can provide families with assistance in completing their application."

Applications can be completed at the Restore, located on Main Street in Cassville, the Barry County OACAC Neighborhood Center on Highway 248 in Cassville, or the local Division of Family Services office.

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.

Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County will also elect officers and new board members during the banquet. The current board includes: Young; Louis Metz, vice president; Justin Gates, treasurer; Gail Reed, secretary; and Donna Hayes, Robin Cooper, Judy Hayes, Darrell Ledenham and Leesa Tate, members. Tate, Reed and Metz will be leaving the board this year.

Tickets for the annual Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County banquet are available for a $20 donation at Sater Pharmacy, Security Abstract or Laminated Panel Systems in Cassville. Tables for six can be reserved for a $100 donation. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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

For more information, call Young at 847-0360.

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