Last updated: August 27. 2014 12:17AM - 350 Views
By Keith Strange kstrange@civitasmedia.com

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Their mission is simple. To provide clean, safe housing for those in need.

Now, the Greater Mount Airy Area Habitat for Humanity is asking for your help in raising much-needed money to continue its mission.

A pig-picking fundraiser is set for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Elks Club, according to Executive Director Neal Cothren.

He said that while the pig-picking is designed to raise money, it is also a chance to get the word out about the Habitat for Humanity mission.

“We view these kinds of events as a chance to promote what we do and educate the community about who it helps,” he said.

Cothern noted the event is a chance to raise money to continue the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

“We work on very limited resources, pretty much like everyone else in this economy,” Cothren said. “And with so many groups trying to raise money, we’re trying to be more creative with our fundraising efforts. We thought a pig-picking would be fun.”

The event will feature dinner for two that includes “the typical pig-picking meal,” including potato salad, baked beans and all the fixin’s, Cothren said.

“In addition, there will be drawdowns throughout the evening, so people attending will have the chance to win cash prizes throughout the night,” he added, noting that the grand prize in the drawdown will be $4,500.

Music for the event will be provided by local favorite None of the Above, who Cothren said is a “great, talented band.”

“It should be a really fun evening for a great cause,” Cothren said.

As for carrying out Habitat’s mission, Cothren said the more the merrier.

“The construction side of the coin is our pride and joy because we have everything in place on that end,” he said. “We’re looking to grow our list of volunteers, though. There is an opportunity for anyone who would be willing to help us.”

At the moment, the local Habitat for Humanity is in the process of finishing three homes, Cothren added.

“Our goal is to get to the point that we’re building six homes a year,” he said. “But we need money to do that, and we could also use donations at the Habitat ReStore. Income from the ReStore is critical for us.”

Cothren said he appreciates the continued support from the community.

“We want to continue to grow in the future, and we’re working as hard as we can to eliminate substandard housing in Surry County,” he said. “The need is just so great.”

Tickets for the pig-picking are $100 per couple. For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at 336-789-4663, or online at info@mountairyhabitat.org.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.

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