Habitat for Humanity Hosts New Event
COLUMBIA - Habitat for Humanity teamed up with local Columbia artists to raise money for its Mid-Missouri chapter. More than one hundred people showed up for "An Artful Evening for Habitat for Humanity." It was hosted at Inside Columbia's 2011 Inspirational Home in Graystone Estates.
Attendees had the chance to bid on pieces in a silent auction. The President of Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity, Mike Hill, said pieces by local artists were auctioned off for several hundred dollars.
"We just looked for those who were willing to make a contribution and pieces folks were willing to bid on and we were very successful in that."
Monica Hansman attended the event and she won a black and white photograph of a dandelion.
"Everybody is always thinking that dandelions are junk flowers and I just thought it was beautiful, the photography of it."
This is the first time the group has done an event like this. Hill said the event changed this year in hopes of drawing a new and different crowd to local Habitat Humanity events.
"We try to bring some fresh faces to the group and some fresh interests in Habitat."
Attendees took tours of the home and got to check out drawings of new Habitat for Humanity homes in Mid-Missouri. The money raised tonight will be put toward building those homes.
Dixie Fisher has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years. She said the benefits of this program extend beyond this simple event.
"This has been a great reward, what it means to them to have a safe place to live. That's clean. It may be simple but it means everything to them. It's just a nice, secure place for the children to be raised in."
Fisher said she was nervous about the event's turnout because of the weather, but she was surprised. "We're very pleased, very pleased."