Habitat for Humanity auction dinner draws festive crowd

April 02, 2006|By ROBERT SNYDER

It was a festive crowd that helped raise the roof on Saturday during the "Habitat Goes to Mardi Gras" auction dinner sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.

The fundraising dinner, which was held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown, marked the third year in a row the event sold out, with 421 seats sold, said Sherry Brown Cooper, the chapter's executive director .

"I think part of the appeal is that it's for a good cause," Cooper said of the event's success.

Dinner and Auction Committee member Teresa Dick said the organization hoped to raise $50,000 for this year's event, with all funds going to support construction of a house in Washington County.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County has helped in the construction of 22 homes since it was established in 1994, according to a news release announcing the event.


Last year's dinner raised $42,000, Cooper said.

Cooper said the annual fundraising dinner now is in its 13th year, with this year's event featuring more than 180 items available for both live and silent auctions, including a five-day stay for two at two resort hotels in the Caribbean, two season tickets for Baltimore Orioles games, a 60-minute massage by Bodyworks Massage Center, a stamped autographed football donated by the Pittsburgh Steelers, a custom-made dollhouse, furniture and numerous pieces of framed art.

The evening included entertainment by auctioneer John Compton and emcee Dave Barnhart, and live music by the Smithsburg High School Jazz Band, a first, Cooper said.

"We've never had live entertainment before, but it's Mardi Gras," she said.

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