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Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s Sept. 26 fundraiser, Blueprints and Bow Ties, will help
the nonprofit organization raise money to build families homes like this one in the Green Valley
area. File photo



Originally published: 2013-09-17 12:08:40
Last modified: 2013-09-17 12:13:15

Habitat hosts Blueprints and Bow Ties Sept. 26

by Anna Oakes

Help Watauga County Habitat for Humanity build homes for local families at the second annual Blueprints and Bow Ties fundraising gala and live auction Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-9 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock.


The event features cocktails and appetizers, music and dancing with the Lucky Stripes, plus a range of prizes and surprises. Auctioneer Jesse Miller will lead the bidding for prize packages and goods designed to help build Habitat homes.


"Clearly, the goal of Blueprints and Bow Ties is to raise money," said Anne Wright, Watauga Habitat board president. "Still, our focus extends beyond fundraising. This will be a fun event -- a high-spirited and festive way to raise Habitat friends and supporters, too."


Event tickets are $40 per person or $75 for couples prior to the event and $45 per person at the door. Tickets are limited and may be purchased in advance at the Watauga Habitat ReStore or online at wataugahabitat.org.


In addition, Habitat is raffling off a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at Blueprints and Bow Ties. Raffle tickets are $100 each, and you do not have to be present to win.


All funds raised from the event will support Habitat's mission to provide decent, affordable housing to Watauga families that otherwise would have a difficult time becoming homeowners.


Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry founded in 1987. Habitat for Humanity homeowners pay for the cost of their homes through zero-interest home loans, and those costs are reduced through financial donations, donated materials, volunteer labor and in-kind services.


"Funds and in-kind donations are always critical," said Alex Hooker, executive director for Watauga Habitat. "Yet we also need friends, volunteers and supporters who will join and sustain us in nurturing and mentoring our existing Habitat families."


The nonprofit is nearing completion of its 24th Habitat home and the third home in its GreenWood neighborhood, a 21-acre property near Green Valley School that will eventually include 18 to 22 Habitat-built homes.


Hooker said the organization hopes to have a family moved into the third home by Thanksgiving while also beginning construction on the fourth GreenWood home this fall.


"Because we're going to have two houses going at once, we really have to double our fundraising efforts," he said. Toward this end, Habitat will kick off a new campaign at Blueprints and Bow Ties asking 1,000 community members to donate $100 each.


Watauga Habitat is also launching a new program to assist community members with home repairs, Hooker said. As with Habitat homes, repair applicants must meet certain qualifications and must contribute labor hours to the project.


Applicants must be in need due to overcrowded or substandard conditions, unreasonable housing costs in relation to gross income, physical need requirements or inability to obtain a conventional home loan.


For more information about the event, the motorcycle raffle or to donate as a sponsor, call (828) 268-9545 or visit http://www.wataugahabitat.org.