Habitat hosts Blueprints & Bow Ties fundraiser Sept. 20
by Anna Oakes
Watauga County Habitat for Humanity provides one more way to
build an affordable home and one more excuse to get dressed up with Blueprints
& Bow Ties, a new fundraiser, on Thursday, Sept. 20.
The event features a live auction and cocktail reception at
Blowing Rock’s Meadowbrook Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 for a single
ticket and $75 for two.
The event begins with a complimentary glass of champagne,
and auctioneer Jesse Miller will start the bidding around 7 or 7:30 p.m. Heavy
appetizers will be served, and a cash bar is available. The dress is business
casual to cocktail attire, and the bow tie is optional.
“We rely on our donor base to keep us going so that we can
build simple, decent houses for people that need them,” said Alex Hooker,
executive director of Watauga Habitat. “All of our funding comes from donors
and donated money. We don’t get any government money.”
Watauga County Habitat for Humanity works to provide decent,
affordable housing to low-income county residents by building modest homes with
volunteer labor as well as land and materials that are donated or purchased at
“In tough times like this, it’s never been harder to raise
money,” said Hooker. “Events like this really help us out to keep our mission
Auction items include a two-acre lot near Watauga Lake, a
culinary package with cooking items and restaurant gift certificates, tickets
to the 2013 Wells Fargo golf championship, a dinner party for six from Reid’s
Catering, a guided fly-fishing trip, a Deer Valley pool membership, an outdoor
package from Mast General Store and River and Earth Adventures, a “weekend
warrior” package that includes an air compressor and tools, furniture
restoration services and more.
In addition, Hooker noted, guests can bid on services and
materials for future Habitat homes — whether it’s a box of nails or an energy
efficiency upgrade. A similar fundraiser held for a Habitat for Humanity in
Phoenix, Ariz., yielded a $17,000 bid for a box of nails, Hooker said.
For about 20 years, Watauga Habitat hosted Taste of the High
Country, a ticketed event that allowed guests to sample food from area
restaurants. But the event’s venue, Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Inn
and Conference Center, is no longer available for community or private events.
“We put those efforts into something new,” Hooker said. “We
hope to do Taste (of the High Country) again.”
Hooker noted that construction of the second home in the
Habitat-built GreenWood neighborhood near Green Valley School is moving along.
“We do think that we’ll have her in by Thanksgiving,” he
said, with construction of the third home in the neighborhood beginning soon
Tickets for Blueprints & Bow Ties are available online at http://www.wataugahabitat.org or at the Habitat ReStore on old U.S. 421 east of Boone. For more information, call (828) 268-9545.