Sponsors thanked by Habitat committee
February will mark the 15th anniversary for the annual Habitat for Humanity Ball, one of the community's signature events of the year, which brings folks together for a great time while typically raising enough money to build a local home for a family in need. This year's event will take place Feb. 9 at the Blue Ribbon Club on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds. All of the money raised at the ball, much of which comes from sponsorships from local businesses and individuals, goes directly toward building a home for a well-deserving family. The cost of building a Habitat home is around $50,000, and contributions from the ball usually come close to providing one family a year with an affordable home they wouldn't otherwise be able to obtain. So far, Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity has built around 30 homes. Dianne Whitwell of Shelbyville is leading this year's steering committee and says so far everything is on target, with committee members working hard to garner sponsorships and work out the details of the ball, which promises to be an entertaining event. The ball will feature a catered dinner, live and silent auction, live music and a testimonial from a past recipient of a Habitat home. Prior to the ball, in January, a Habitat Ball Patrons and Sponsors party will be held at a home that will be announced soon. For more information about sponsoring the ball, contact Whitwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.