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Serious fun: Annual event funds Habitat home

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pam Birtcil, right, director of Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity, and her husband Ted check out an array of items featured in the silent auction. The Habitat Ball was held Feb. 12 at the Blue Ribbon Circle.
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The Habitat Ball Committee wrapped up another year of campaigning Saturday with an evening of entertainment, testimony and fellowship.

"The Ball, once again, was a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for a deserving family," said Angelica Wortham, chair for this year's ball. "We had the support of our sponsors, patrons and guests to help us in our fundraising efforts. Each item that is donated and each ticket bought is one nail, window or door closer to helping us with our objective."

Numbers have not yet been tallied, but all proceeds from the ball go to Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity. In years past those funds, comprised of business sponsorships, ticket sales and silent and live auction proceeds, have been enough to build a Habitat home for a local family.

Sponsors and patrons who attended the ball saw the Blue Ribbon Circle club on the Celebration Grounds transformed into a romantic setting adorned with pink and black elegance. Following dinner prepared by Joe McCurry consisting of beef medallions, wild rice and asparagus, attendees listened to Rene Brown share her story of hope.

"As Ball Chairman, I can tell you that the committee is extremely dedicated to creating an event that will delight our guests," Wortham said. "But nothing beats having a Habitat Home recipient present to speak about what it means to them to have the ability to own a home that is built by our community -- Rene Brown did just that."

A live auction followed with attendees later dancing to the beat of Four on The Floor.

"The final number has not been fully tallied, but we will have one as soon as all monies are received and deposited," Wortham said. "Our financial chair, Diane Whitwell, is very careful about revealing our numbers until she has all the t's crossed and i's dotted. Despite the economy we had tremendous support and are looking forward to begin building another home this spring."

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