Habitat hosting benefit dinners for VanHoy family

First Posted: 9/1/2009

As the community is still coming to terms with the death of Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity Director Tim VanHoy, members of the Habitat family are looking to help out the family of the man who helped so many.
Staff members at the area Habitat for Humanity came up with the idea to hold two benefit dinners in VanHoys memory to help his family out with the medical expenses.
The first dinner will be held Sept. 26 at Haymore Memorial Baptist Church. The dinner will cost $5 per plate and will include spaghetti, bread and a dessert and will run from 5 to 8 p.m. This dinner is scheduled to fall on VanHoys birthday.
The second dinner will be catered by Titans of Taste and will be held at Salem Baptist Church in Dobson on Oct. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. A $7 plate will include barbecue, slaw, baked beans, bread and a dessert.
We thought it was a great idea to lift up this family in the community, said Ginny Anderson, faith and community relations with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Its a great opportunity to help a family whose husband gave so much to this community and worked to give deserving families what they needed. Its a great opportunity for the community to give back.
VanHoy died July 31 after suffering from a heart attack July 28. The 42-year-old collapsed at the Habitat Restore on West Pine Street and was rushed by AirCare to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
While his role with the area Habitat for Humanity chapter was great, workers are still persevering in his absence. The kick-off for a new building will take place Sept. 12 on Apostle Drive in Mount Airy and another house is planned to begin in early spring.
The board of directors has been accepting applications for a new director and plans to start interviewing the applicants to determine who would be the best fit for the organization and the county. In the meantime, board members are trying to work with the staff.
Weve just been trying to be available to the staff, said Kelly Giese, president of the board of directors. We will start with those interviews and get to know those people and their commitment to Habitat and Surry County.
Filling the vacancy will not be an easy task. VanHoy endeared himself to the community and the organization with his passion for helping others.
Tim is just a person people enjoyed to be around, said Giese. He had a way of getting people to think about what they brought to Habitat. He really believed in Habitat and was dedicated to the mission.
For more information about the benefit dinners or Habitat for Humanity projects, contact Anderson at 789-4663.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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