Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hand-crafted Items and Personal Benefits Added To Auction Offerings

Personal Training Sessions at Terry's Total Fitness, hand-crafted porch swings, Kentucky's Official musical instrument--a Dulchimer--hand-crafted out of cherry and sassafrass woods--these are some of the new items added recently to Habitat's Annual Benefit Auction offerings. One hundred dollar gift certificates from Nu-Look Cleaners, an ice cream parlor table and four chairs, voice, drama, dance instruction at Riverbend Academy, a private wine tasting and tour for twenty at Equus Run Vineyards in Midway, KY, and a three-day weekend rental of a mini-van--all await the successful bid on Friday evening, October 3rd, at Wolf"s Banquent & Convention Center.
Tickets for Habitat's Annual Dinner and Benefit Auction are $25/person and are available at Henderson Habitat for Humanity's office, 459 Klutey Park Plaza, across from the YMCA. A preliminary silent auction with light hors d'ouvres, complimentary beer and wine and entertainment by Michael & Jennifer D'Alto begins at 5:30pm. Dinner and live Action begin at 7:00pm. Proceeds from this event enable Habitat for Humanity to continue building safe, basic shelter affordable to households at the lower end of the economic scale. Tickets are available until September 29 and can be purchased by VISA, Mastercard, cash or checks made payable to Henderson Habitat. For more information, please call Steve Hargis at Habitat (270) 869-9011.
For a complete list of auction items posted previously, click on "older posts" at the bottom of this page and scroll down to August 13th's posting.

High School Student's House Shaping Up!

Students in Brad Moyes' Construction Technology Class at Henderson County High School raise the roof trusses on their Habitat for Humanity house underway at 716 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. The new home of the Connie Madole family progresses each day by two groups of students whose class instruction comes on the job! Not only learning a practical skill and potential trade, the students also receive safety training and benefit from developing skills of teamwork, leadership and self-esteem from quality workmanship. In the white hard hat, Mr. Moyes helps students achieve goals they once thought were beyond their reach.

Deck Boards Given To Habitat's ReStore

Henderson Habitat's ReStore Manager Donna Phillips stands with Anthony Hazelwood and Bill Jones of Hazex Construction Company where the first of 18,432 linear feet of Mocha colored composite deck boards were unloaded. The 5/4" X 12 and 16 foot length boards will be sold at a discounted price through the ReStore and proceeds applied to the building of another Habitat house in Henderson for a family in need of safe, decent shelter they can afford to call their own. Customers will have to pick up their purchases at Hazex after paying for them at the ReStore on Klutey Park Plaza, across from the YMCA. The ReStore is open to customers 9am-4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9am-12noon on Saturdays.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Ms. Edith Suggs stands proudly on the porch of Henderson's FIRST Habitat for Humanity house. Seventeen years ago--August 26, 1991--Habitat celebrated its first Ground Breaking at 633 Seventh Street. Then Henderson Mayor Bill Newman and Judge Paul Herron attended the festivities. Ms. Suggs, now retired from the KY Dept. of Social Services, worked regularly with thirty volunteers to build her house. It was finished four and a half months later, in early January, 1992.

Ms. Suggs and Henderson Habitat's pioneer volunteers established a continuing legacy of the construction of safe, decent shelter affordable to households living at the lower end of the economic scale that presently has forty-three Henderson partner families and is building for three more.

Congratulations to Ms. Suggs and thanks for her faithful participation with Habitat. Her monthly principal-only mortgage payment has been helping to build all those other Habitat houses in Henderson since!

Habitat's Elimination Side!

Habitat's MISSION is multi-facited to be sure, building hope building houses for families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter. But often before the CONstruction of a new house can begin, the DEstruction of an unsafe, substandard one must take place. Workers with B & B Excavating Company recently accomplished that task for Habitat at 608 Letcher Street,
ELIMINATING a substandard house so that a new one can be built in its place. Habitat is grateful for the voluntary contribution of the building lot on Letcher Street from David and Dana O'Nan. Their generosity makes Habitat's work possible.

Work on the Shulisa Barrett family's new home of will begin within a few days--the 46th Henderson County family to receive a Habitat for Humanity house since 1990. Habitat's dedicated volunteer "Thursday Crew," led by Fred Lauver, will be engaged in building this house, the third new house to be started within the past few weeks.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Junior and Senior students in Brad Moyes Construction Technology Class at Henderson County High School raise the first wall on the house they are building at 716 Martin Luther King Ave in partnership with Habitat, 1:00pm, Thursday, August 14th. The students earn graduation credit hours while learning a valuable trade and about teamwork, responsibility and quality workmanship.

Photos and updates will continue to be posted as the High School students work towards completion of the project.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Steve Hargis stands between the 100th and 101st riders Saturday stopping at the Hebbards- ville Volunteer Fire Department for refreshment and rest. Teri Ames and Linda Wulf of Newburg, IN were among the 339 participants in the Blue Grass Festival's Pickin' & Pedalin' Bike Tour. More than $4,500 were raised by the event thanks to the efforts of cyclists and the volunteers who were stationed at rest stops all along the 62 mile track.

Habitat for Humanity greatly appreciates the dedication of the following volunteers and organizations who helped make this year's event so successful: Steve & Debbie Hargis, Sally Hicks, Dave & Cathy Kast, Jennifer Mortis, Virginia Mortis, Megan Mortis, Rich Cocco, Bill Blackburn, Matt McClanahan, Gary Bell, Ken & Susie Middleton, Fred Lauver, John Gavin and family, John Berrong, Ryan & Sharon Head, Rev. Tim Hobbs, Ron Young and members of the Henderson General Baptist and Pleasant Valley Christian Churches. Thanks to the Hebbardsville Fire Department, Bluff City's Fairview General Baptist Church, Henderson General Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church and the Pleasant Valley Christian Church for providing the rest stop facilities.

Habitat expresses its gratitude also to Sureway Food Stores for the donation of fresh bananas and oranges provided at the rest stops to the cyclists.

Habitat's 12th Annual Dinner Auction: Friday Oct 3

Henderson Habitat's 12th Annual Dinner Auction is scheduled to start at 5:30pm, Friday, October 3rd at Wolf's Convention Center, 325 First Street. Reservations are $25 for dinner and the opportunity to bid on over a hundred items donated to benefit Habitat's house building ministry.
Steve Hargis, Habitat's Resource Development Director, stands with just some of the many items listed below that will be auctioned. Simply call Steve for a reservation at 869-9011 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
2008's Auction Items Include:
Four passes to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
KY Art Museum's T-shirt and Julien Dupre's In The Pasture notecards
Two admissions to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Two tickets for the Dixie Belle Boart Excursion
75% off certificate for an Enterprise Rent-a-SUV or minivan
Henderson author Joey Goebel's book Torture the Artist
KY author Linda Scott DeRosier's books Creeker and A Song of Life and Grace
One year memberships at YMCA for new members
Belle of Louisville sightseeing cruises for two
Centre College hooded sweatshirt, size large
Derby Print autographed by KY Governor Steve Beshear
6-5" "Country Scenes" pattern Stoneware cereal bowls
Family Pass for four to Diamond Caverns Cave
Four passes to KY Horse Park and Saddlebred Museum
One night's stay at Drawbridge Inn
2 x 4.5 inches Replica of Ft. Knox Gold Bar plated in 24 carat gold
Two adult & two children passes to the Frazier International History Museum
Two passes to the Creation Museum
UK Football tickets
UK basketball tickets
Golf for four at Rough River Dam State Resort Park
One night's lodging at Rough River Dam State Park
Michael Jordan Signature Putter
Dean Davis' print Tennessean No. 1
Tennessee Titans Memorabilia
Two admissions to Dinosaur World
KY Author Jesse Stuart package Beyond Dark Hills and Cradle of the Copperheads
Cook book W-Hollow Kitchen Adventure
Two passes to Ashland, Henry Clay's Estate in Lexington
Two boat tour passes at Lost River Cave
Keenland Race Track vintage-look hooded sweatshirt--xl
Book, From Red Hot to Monkey's Brow
Book, Kentucky Shakers
Tickets for two aboard My Old KY Dinner Train Murder Mystery Excursion
Book, Kentucky's Last Great Places
Two passes for Barn and Backside Tour of Churchill Downs
One evening's lodging and breakfast at the 1869 Shaker Tavern B & B
Malone's Restaurant certificates
A wheelbarrow filled with p-nuts and Budweiser
Assorted Wines
Four passes to Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum
$300 off certificate for a set of tires
Certificate for a complete car detail
Microfiber Vibrant Mop
Destin, FL Condo for one week
Weekend getaway at Green Turtle Bay/Lake Barkley
Year membership at Yew Dell Botanical Garden
KY author Gwyn Rubio's The Woodman's Daughter
Two passes to National Quilt Museum
Seven day/six night stay at Orange Beach, AL condo
Henderson's Jeff Lambert's handmade Dulcimer
Four passes to Headley-Whitney Museum
Overnight stay for two and breakfast at Casino Aztar Hotel
KY Bourbon liter
Stuart Austin Desk Clock
Marker's Mark bourbon-liter
Yard Barn 8 ft x 10 ft
Destin, FL Condo for one week for up to eight
This list will be updated weekly with additional items!
Plan to attend.
Make your reservations early!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fantastic Pickin' & Pedalin' Event Benefits Habitat

From "Italy" to "Beijing" and "Canada" to "Ireland", from Owensboro and Evansville and Henderson and Ohio and New York and Bowling Green --from all over the place--they came and had a great time on a great day. Young ones and younger ones, ladies and gents, father and daughter they pedaled for Habitat and picked and sang to the enjoyment of all.

What a great day for a bike ride! Low humidity, mid 70's, dedicated bikers and Bluegrass Music players.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Visit Habitat's ReStore For Great Buys!

ReStore Manager Donna Philips and volunteer Annie Sallier welcome customers with smiles and lots of friendly help. The ReStore is open Wednesdays 9am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-12noon. Annie is one of a growing number of volunteers at the ReStore who help receive, price and display merchandise and assist customers. The ReStore schedules the pick ups of contributions on Tuesdays but is not open for sales and is closed on Mondays. For more information or to schedule a pick up, please call Donna at 826-0015, or better still, come by and see her smiley face!

Habitat's ReStore's New Look Looks Good!

Customers find home furnishings, electrical and plumbing fixtures, furniture, housewares and fix-up supplies more easily now as a major rehab effort concludes at Habitat's ReStore, 459 Klutey Park Plaza. Isles are wider, items for sale are located together--it's just easier to shop and find terrific buys!

Members of Habitat's Thursday Crew work to install a storefront double door which will enhance the entrance to the ReStore and facilitate better customer service with removalk of purchases. Significant changes inside the store during the past two weeks include increasing the sales floor, building a new sales checkout counter and reorganizing merchandise presentations. The new look includes dedicated areas for furniture, antiques and collectables, books, housewares, doors, windows, cabinets, electrical fixtures and plumbing fixtures. Everything in the ReStore is donated and available to the public for sale at a discount. Proceeds from ReStore sales enable Habitat for Humanity to build more basic and affordable houses for families living in substandard circumstances at the lower end of the economic scale.

AmeriCorps Team Builds Henderson's 45th Habitat House

Lindsey Hodges leads a team of seven female and three male AmeriCorp National Civilian Community Corps volunteers building Henderson's 45th Habitat house, starting September 8th. Assembling from flood relief work in Iowa and Katrina rebuilding in Gulfport, MS, these young adults will spend eight weeks here working with Habitat for Humanity and house recipient Laura Green on her new home at 32 North Julia Street. The team's goal is to complete the four bedroom house construction during their stay under the director of Tommy Zvara, Habitat's Construction Manager.
Ms. Hodge's team is the fifth AmeriCorps NCCC team hosted by Henderson Habitat over the past several years. These teams have previously built two Habitat houses in Corydon and one each on Clay and Washington Streets. They look forward to enjoying some of the same Southern Hospitality previous NCCC teams have reported receiving during their stays in Henderson, thanks primarily to the efforts of Steve Hargis, Habitat's Resource Development Director. In partnership with Habitat, Bennett Memorial United Methodist Church will provide sleeping and eating accomodations and the YMCA will provide shower and recreational opportunities.
The AmeriCorps NCCC teams all across America have as their goal--"strengthening communities and developing leaders through team-based national and community service." Henderson Habitat's staff and Board of Directors are excited about this Team's arrival and the work they will accomplish to benefit both a family in need and the community.