Habitat fundraiser a success

By Geoff Lee

May 18, 2016 3:01 PM

Cupcakes and champagne will help wrap up this year’s 100 Women For Habitat fundraising campaign.
So will a panel of women, lead by campaign hostess, Michele Charles Gustafson, the evening of June 9 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.
The speakers are local professionals, Linnea Goodhand, Kelly Sidoryk, Terra Weaver, Doreen McCaw and Wendy Plandowski.
The Building Women and Dreams event organized by Habitat for Humanity Lloydminster and the 1450 Marketing Collective will also reveal how much money has been raised this year for another Habitat build in Lloydminster.
“One hundred thousand dollars is our goal every year, but whatever we get is great,” said Habitat for Humanity Lloydminster executive director Vivian Pengelly.
Tickets to the new event, which is open to the public, are $25 a person or a table of eight for $200 and are available online at the habitat Lloydminster website and from Hey Sugar! Bakeshop, Olive & Birch and Vivid Hair & Esthetics.
“The wrap up event is to celebrate the 2016 fundraisers and volunteers and inspire future women to get involved for 2017’s campaign too,” said Pengelly.
This is the third year of the 100 Women for Habitat campaign that empowers women to fundraise what they can for new home builds through online tools and social events like barbecues.
“We are incredibly proud to have this community support us in anyway they can,” said Pengelly in reference to this year’s challenging economic climate.
“It’s 100 women raising money and this money stays in the community.”
Since it’s inception, the women’s fundraising circle has raised more than $100,000 for local build projects with the next one likely in 2017.
“We are not sure if we’ll be able to start a home this year—we hope in the near future to be making a land announcement,” said Pengelly.
“So if we’re able to do that, we’d probably be able to start building in the spring of 2017,” she said, noting “We’re negotiating to purchase land right now.”
In its first year, the 100 Women for Habitat campaign led to the construction of a seven unit townhouse called Forester Place on the east side of the city.
The Habitat for Humanity Lloydminster chapter has assisted with the building of more than 28 homes in Lloydminster and area since its launch in 1998.
“We are working on 10 builds in Meadow Lake right now on Flying Dust First Nation and another two retrofits will start there,” said Pengelly.
Habitat homes are for families who are living in sub standard housing who would never qualify for a conventional mortgage.
Program homes are built with donated cash, gift in kind contributions and volunteer labour. Each of the selected families have to provide 500 hours of sweat equity on their own homes.
“I would encourage anyone who has never been to a habitat build to join one – it is really lots of fun,” said Pengelly.
The Building Woman and Dreams campaign finale will also promote awareness for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lloydminster that accepts and sells donated goods to cover administration costs.
Applications to own a Habitat home are also available at the ReStore as well as online at the Habitat Lloydminster website.

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