Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2001

Habitat for Humanity fund-rasiers underway

January 18, 2001

Local volunteers are cooking up some fun-filled activities to raise money for a Habitat for Humanity house to be constructed soon.

The fund-raising campaign will help pay for construction costs associated with the project. Habitat helps qualifying persons by finding land, building homes and selling them at cost and with no interest. Eudora resident Karen Williams was selected in August 2000 to receive the house.

The house will cost $55,000, but donations of labor and items valued at $22,000 have decreased the expenses. However, there is much to be raised. Funds for the Eudora Habitat house are at $9,500. It will take $33,000 to finish the house.

To help meet the deficit, some upcoming events will hopefully hit the nail on the head.

Kansas University has agreed to give half of the earnings from concessions at two women's basketball games. Some Eudora High students volunteered to work the first game last Saturday and local volunteers will work another game Feb. 24.

Coordinator for the project Marilyn Laws Porter said the eight students participated at Saturday's game were helpful.

"They came over and were wonderful," Laws Porter said. "They were a great group."

A chili feed at 5 p.m., Jan. 26 at the EHS commons area will also help raise funds. The feed will coincide with the EHS boys basketball game. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children.

Media relations officer Debi Hamlin said a dance and silent auction will be held 7-11 p.m., Feb. 3 at Kim's Barn, located southwest of Eudora.

Hamlin said items such as an autographed 2000 EHS football from the championship game, two KU basketball tickets, one ticket to a KU baseball camp and Eudora merchant gift certificates will be available. Other items will also be available such as stained glass and woodworking items. An area band, Attune, will play and Eudora City Council member Rex Burkhardt will serve as disc jockey for the dance.

Laws Porter said she hoped the events would help make up the difference in needed money. But, these events may be the only opportunity aside from individual donations where the whole community can get involved.

"I don't know that we will do any more events because they take a lot of work and a lot of time," Laws Porter said. "We're hoping if we raise a lot of awareness with these events, we'll get more people to donate."

Hamlin said two gracious donations from area businesses have been helpful. Jack Cooper Transport Company, Kansas City, Mo., donated $5,000. Douglas County Bank donated $1,000.

Laws Porter said construction on the house is slated for late February or March. Though final funds are not yet available, there will be enough money to begin construction and lay the foundation. She said it would take about 30 days to build the house.

For more information on any of these events, call Laws Porter at 542-3406.

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