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Greene County Habitat for Humanity is holding a fundraiser on Monday, April 28 to raise money to build affordable housing in Greene County. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian organization working to eliminate substandard housing by building simple, decent houses for those families in need. Since 1997, Greene County Habitat for Humanity has built 42 homes in the community and is currently in-process with their 43rd and 44th homes.

Join Greene County Habitat on April 28 at Festival Hall in Downtown Greensboro for Habitat Downs, a Derby-style event to raise funds for affordable housing. You and your friends can bet on your favorite wooden horse, using Fun Money, as dice are rolled to progress the horses down the track. Tickets for this event are $50, and include a delicious buffet-style dinner catered by da Corrado Ristorante along with $5,000 of Fun Money. Race winners are paid out in Fun Money which can be exchanged for raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes. Among the raffle prizes this year will be a 60-inch flat screen smart TV valued at $1,000. Additional fun for this evening includes a Reverse Raffle with a $500 prize, a favorite hat contest, and many wonderful silent auction items to bid on. The evening’s schedule is as follows: 5 to 5:45 p.m. Cocktails and Auction Preview; 5:45 to 7 p.m. dinner; 7 to 10 p.m. races.

Opportunities are available to sponsor, and name, a horse in one of six races. Horse sponsorships are $300 and include two tickets to the event.

Greene County Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers from all walks of life to join as they build decent, affordable houses in partnership with God and those families in need. Though the vast majority has no construction experience or building skills, volunteers are involved in most phases of construction. By working side-by-side with the family who will live in the house, volunteers experience for themselves the joy created when a family is able to realize their dream of home ownership.  All families selected to become Habitat homeowners must contribute an agreed-upon number of hours of labor called “Sweat Equity” toward Habitat activities, including the construction of their home.

Volunteer opportunities are available to work at the construction site or to provide a meal for those at the build site.

Tickets for the Habitat Downs fundraiser are available at BankSouth or by calling Elaine Mathews, executive director of Greene County Habitat for Humanity, at 706-453-1718, extension 5.

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