Realtors donate $5k to Habitat

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Habitat for Humanity received a financial boost Tuesday with the presentation of a $5,000 check from the Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors to help the organization continue its work in the city.
“This will help tremendously, because we’re going to be doing renovation work, and it has become very expensive over time,” Habitat executive director Abraham Green said.
He said the money will go toward renovating one of two Habitat houses in Vicksburg, adding, “We’ll just have to figure out which one.”
He said Habitat is in the process of renovating a third home, which is sponsored by four Episcopal churches in the city.
Sue Richardson, the board’s president in 2013, said the money was raised through a golf tournament held in September at Clear Creek golf course. She said helping Habitat for Humanity was her fundraising project for the year.
“We wanted something where we could give back to the community,” Richardson said, “that would reflect building the community through real estate in Vicksburg and Warren County.
She said the golf tournament had different levels of sponsorship, adding the Muirhead Agency and Nationwide Insurance were the major sponsors for the event.
“We had a good turnout. We had 18 to 20 teams, and we had players from New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla.,” she said. “All the sponsors were local. I’m very thankful for the money, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to give back (to the community). I’m appreciative of everything everybody did, because without them, we wouldn’t have done anything.”
Habitat For Humanity is an international non-profit Christian organization headquartered in Georgia. Families can receive a house if they are willing to help build it and if they otherwise qualify. Habitat clients pay the construction costs not provided by volunteer labor or donated materials.
Green said there are 23 Habitat houses in the Vicksburg area “and we’re getting ready to close on number 24.”

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