Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity raised over $19,000.00 at their annual Building Homes, Build Hope fundraiser on November 10th at Alliance Country Club.
The group sold 200 entries into a reverse raffle for a $2000.00 grand prize, and 160 guests enjoyed food provided by Alliance Country Club, wine that was sponsored by Fidelity National Collections, Will Tolerton, and the Treehouse Brew Club, and Habitat logo cookies made by Val’s Goodies.
The night began with a blessing from Pastor James Gray, and a welcome from Executive Director, Niki McIlvain who thanked the crowd for their support. “Your support is making sure that your favorite waitress, grocery store clerk, or the person who looks after your children or parents has access to resources that will allow them to thrive,” McIlvain said. “Our community needs the people who need affordable housing. Thank you for making Alliance a place where they can succeed.”
Board President, Mark Locke took time to thank and recognize the veterans in the room, as the event was the day before Veteran’s Day, and thanked all the event sponsors. “We received an overwhelming amount of support this year,” said Locke. “These sponsorships allowed us to try some new things and to host a great event.” The sponsors for the evening included SARTA, Consumers National Bank, Grove Appliance, TV, Furniture & Mattress, Alliance Ventures, Robertson Heating Supply, Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral & Cremation Service, Rodman Capital Management, and Carnation Security.
The reverse raffle was led by Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity founder, Steve Kramer, and throughout the raffle guests participated in a live auction led by Pastor Raymont Johnson, which included a trip to Disney and roundtrip airfare donated by Disney Parks and Akron Canton Airport, a Yeti Cooler package donated by DeHoff’s Flowers, Greenhouse, & Landscaping and Pat Gates, Cleveland Cavaliers tickets donated by Wally Armour Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram, Indians tickets donated by Will Tolerton, and a week in a Myrtle Beach rental donated by Theresa Lattanzi in memory of late Alliance Habitat board member, Patti Oney. The audience had a moment of silence to honor the memory of Patti, who spent years working with the organization.
In addition to the reverse raffle and live auction, guests had chances to win by playing BINGO during the raffle, bidding in a silent auction that featured 24 items, and could purchase tickets to win 25 basket raffles filled with assorted items and experiences donated by area businesses and supporters.
“We added some new activities and opportunities to participate this year,” said McIlvain. “There was something for everybody.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing safe, affordable housing to area residents. The next build begins early April, 2019.