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Building dreams

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Anna Morlan, left, and Habitat for Humanity board member, Judy Berry, stand in front of Morlan's Habitat for Humanity built home. She and her family, who are very happy with their lodgings, moved in December of 2000.

Habitat for Humanity builds dreams. They provide homes for families who otherwise, could not afford one. Many people also dream of traveling, seeing the world, taking a trip to some special place. Habitat for Humanity of Clay county wants to provide both.

The Clay County chapter of Habitat for Humanity has only been able to construct three homes in its six-year existence. That's due to the difficulty in acquiring the funding necessary to start and complete a project.

New Habitat fundraising chairwoman, Judy Berry, says the organization has developed a charity benefit that, hopefully, could provide enough capitol to build at least one home every year. Habitat will partner with the Ambassadair travel club and the Clay County Concert Band to meet their objective.

Ambassadair is a travel club that has been flying members to over 600 destinations worldwide each year since 1973. Some of the benefits they offer include non-stop or direct flights, trip protection, fully escorted flights and a 10 percent discount on ATA scheduled service flights to and from Indianapolis.

Habitat for Humanity of Clay County will have a Building Dreams with Habitat 10 for 10 raffle. The grand prize is a membership to Ambassadair, a nearly $200 value, plus a $1,000 travel fund. The winner can apply the $1,000 to any trip or trips until the money has been spent. There is no expiration date.

The cost for a raffle ticket is $10 each. There will be ten drawings, one each week for ten weeks. The first nine winners will receive a gift donated by a local merchant and a Longaberger basket with a total value of at least $100. The ticket of each weekly $100 winner will be placed back into the ticket drum and will be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

The drawings will take place at the Brazil Concert Band open-air concerts at Forest Park for ten consecutive weeks beginning June 22. The Brazil Concert Band is one of the oldest performing bands in the nation having started in 1858. It has been under the direction of the esteemed Matt Huber since 1982.

Besides offering some of the finest and diversified live music available to the community, the concerts will now provide the opportunity for area residents to purchase Building Dreams with Habitat 10 for 10 raffle tickets. Huber or a concert band member will draw out the winning ticket each week.

Rules for the Building Dreams with Habitat 10 for 10 Raffle are:

- Each ticket will cost $10.

- Every ticket will be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

- You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

- Members of Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors are not eligible. However, their family members, including spouses, may buy tickets.

- You need not be present to win.

- After the grand prize is awarded, it can not be transferred or sold for the face value.

Tickets can be purchased at the Brazil Concert Band Sunday night concerts beginning June 1. Tickets can be bought any time from Pages Food Store, Crossroads Studio or from any Habitat for Humanity board member. For further information or to purchase tickets, call Judy Berry at 448-2921, Clay Tobias at 812-939-2056, Janice Redenbarger at 448-1971, Linda Messmer at 448-8725, Don Ream at 835-4182 or Doug Inman at 812-939-2258.

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