Harlem Ambassadors return to Cassville Saturday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Harlem Ambassadors will take on the Habitat Hometown Heroes at the Cassville High School gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will raise funds for Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County.

"Community members should plan to come out because this event will help support Habitat and offer family fun at the same time," said Nora Young, local Habitat president. "We are building a house right now, and this event will raise money to help finish that build."

On Saturday night, the Harlem Ambassadors will show off their Harlem-style basketball skills, including slam dunks, ball-handling tricks and comedy routines. Their shows offer positive messages for children and families.

The Habitat Hometown Heroes will include the following local community members: Jeremy Stearns, Terry Jamieson, Chris Redmon, Bob Crouthamel, Matt Freeman, Rachael Freeman, Desiree Corn, Nancy Foulke, Austin Johnson, Junior Bombard, Kelby Hayes, Haley Haynes, Keith Hayworth, Justin Brattin, Chris Musick and Sadie Musick. Chad Yarnall will serve as the team coach.

Justin Gates, Habitat Board member, will serve as scorekeeper for the game, and Seth Forgey and Ryan Pace have volunteered to serve as the referees.

The Cassville High School Booster Club will offer concessions during the event, and the Harlem Ambassadors will be selling T-shirts, basketballs and other souvenirs. Players will be available to sign merchandise after the game.

Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County will receive a portion of the proceeds from the concession stand and from the sale of Harlem Ambassador merchandise, said Young.

Local businesses serving as sponsors for the Harlem Ambassadors show include: First State Bank; Freedom Bank; Security Bank; Commerce Bank; Laminated Panel Systems; Sater Pharmacy; the Barry County Advertiser and Litho Printers; Fastrip; Mike Riehn Law Office; USA Mortgage; Security Abstract; Dr. K.L. Hall; Jack and Jean Nickols, Four Seasons Real Estate; Dr. Carolyn Hunter; Buford Communications; Country Dodge; Aire Serve; Willis Insurance; Barry County Abstract; Sportsman's Corner and Wayne Hendrix; Allene Patterson Tax Service; Les Jacobs Ford; and Whitley Pharmacy.

Tickets will be available at the door for $8 each. Children under the age of 10 will be admitted at no cost with a paid adult admission.

"Habitat For Humanity is a Christian Ecumential housing ministry that uses volunteers to build affordable housing for lower income families with the families' assistance," said Young. "Your donations are life changing for our local partnering families. Because of the generosity of our local people, by donations of money and items to our Restore, we have built three homes and have started a fourth one."

The building project, which is being conducted at 103 West 13th St. in Cassville, is approximately one-third completed, said Young. Leah Moss is partnering with Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County on the build. Moss and her family will be required to contribute 300 hours of "sweat equity" during the construction process.

"Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in south Barry County," continued Young. "As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, we recognize that everyone, regardless of nationality, race or religion, in south Barry County deserves the comfort of safe, affordable, high-quality housing."

The local group is looking for volunteers to assist with the current building project. A volunteer coordinator is also needed for the project. Individuals interested in volunteering are asked to call Young at 847-0360.

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