Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills presents its 2020 Spring “Gala To Go” on Friday, May 29. The evening dinner and virtual auction celebrate the organization’s mission to change lives by providing affordable housing opportunities for families.
“Our goal is to build an entire home with proceeds from the Gala,” said Executive Director Amie Fraley.
This year’s event kicks off at 5 p.m. with ticket holders selecting a specific time to pick up a three-course meal prepared by Pinehurst Resort. Local DJ King Curtis will be entertaining people driving up and the Habitat Gala committee will be there to say hello.
The benefit continues online at 7 p.m. with featured guest speaker Bridget Cotton followed by the virtual live auction.
“We are usually constrained by how many people can fit in the room. But since we are going virtual, anyone who wants to participate in the auction may join us,” Fraley said. “We have some great auction items including beach houses and trips.”
Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance. The deadline to respond is Monday, May 25 at 5 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets call (910) 295-1934 or visit www.habitatgala.org
Bidding for auction items is open now and “Build-A-House” contributions can also be made directly through this Gala website.
“We are looking forward to bringing our Gala guests some fun surprises to help us all remember what this evening makes possible. An entire home for a local family in need willing to earn the opportunity to build their future with an affordable home for their family,” Fraley said.
Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization, founded on Christian principles with a vision to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in the Sandhills. Since 1988, the local affiliate has served over 300 families in Moore and Richmond Counties through home construction and repairs.
The innovative and affordable homes are sold to families with a zero interest mortgage. To qualify for the home, future homeowners are also required to put in a minimum of 300 “sweat equity” hours in the form of classes and physical labor toward helping volunteers construct their home or assisting with other Habitat projects.
“Perhaps the importance of a safe and affordable home has never been more evident than now,” Fraley said.
Since mid-March, Habitat’s staff construction has been working non-stop to complete four homes that were already underway when the COVID-19 situation required the organization’s volunteers to step back.
Two of these houses were sold in April to homeowners with two more nearly finished. Habitat held its first “virtual dedication” on Facebook live on April 28. New homeowner Alicia McCoy works at FirstHealth Moore Regional’s emergency room.
“We are excited to know our mission supports so many of our local employees on the front line of this crisis,” Fraley said.
“Habitat is not an emergency response organization, a good home is very much appreciated during any crisis,” she added.
Future homeowners must earn 300 hours of sweat equity which has required some creative input while volunteering was on-hold.
“We’ve invited our families to cook meals together and share those on video with each other. It’s really been cool because it’s gotten them engaged and also their kids have been engaged. They feel like they are part of the house too.”
Volunteers will be permitted to begin working again on June 2 and the 2020 Women Build house located in Aberdeen will have a “walls up” event on June 6.
Fraley said build site hours will be extended to allow two volunteers shifts each day, while limiting the number of people on a property at any given time. New handwashing sinks have also been installed at the different build sites and also outside the ReStore location.
Also on June 2, the Habitat ReStore is scheduled to reopen on N.C. 5.
Fraley said their phone has been ringing off the hook with people looking to donate items. Habitat began accepting some household goods two weeks ago and they’ve already filled five truckloads.
“We are overstocked for sure. Once our doors open on June 2, we will be pushing sales,” she laughed.
In addition, Habitat launched a new website where some of the larger furniture pieces and more unique donations will be marketed. Check out what’s available at ShopSandhillsRestore.org