First Posted: 7/13/2009
The local Habitat for Humanity is preparing to Rock the city again next week with a fundraiser to help it support its mission of providing affordable homes for families in Surry County.
The Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity is kicking off its 2nd annual Rocking Mount Airy gala and auction July 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and Annex. The cost is $10 per person.
Proceeds from the event help Habitat for Humanity, which is a nonprofit Christian housing organization, to build simple and affordable homes in partnership with families in need.
The international version of the organization was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, and it has built and rehabilitated more than 300,000 homes worldwide. Its idea was birthed from Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Ga. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
.The local habitat for Habitat for Humanity has been in operation since 1993 and is one of more than 1,700 affiliates in the United States that coordinate habitat house-building projects. The Mount Airy affiliate built its first home in 1995.
This years event will include live music from Rhythm, food, gourmet coffee from Mobys Coffee and a silent and live auction.
The silent and live auction will include several uniquely decorated rocking chairs sponsored by local businesses. Most of the chairs are displayed at the sponsoring businesses and are equipped where visitors can make donations to Habitat for Humanity.
There are a few tweaks to this years event as opposed to last year, said Ginny Anderson, the faith and community relations assistant at Habitat for Humanity.
We are doing things a little different this year. The cost of tickets have been reduced from $25 to $10. This years theme is Rockin Music, Rockin Food, Rockin Chairs. Each year there will be a different theme. The concept on auctioning the decorated rocking chairs (is) still the same as last year, she said. We have some repeat chair sponsors from last year along with some new chair sponsors this year.
One aspect that remains the same is the goal to raise $20,000, she said.
The proceeds benefit Greater Mount Airy Area Habitat for Humanity by supporting our mission to provide affordable homes in Surry County, she said. What we want the public to know is that this event is open to the public anyone is welcome to attend. Admission at the door is $10 per person. We would also want the public to know that Greater Mount Airy Area Habitat for Humanity supports the museum by making a donation as a thank you for (its) partnership in holding the event at the Annex building.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact Ginny Anderson at 789-4663.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.