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    www. sandhillshabitat.org April 2017    
Letter from Our Director –
Strong Partnership Create Common Goals and Huge Successes!

2017 Habitat Gala
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Amie Fraley
Executive Director

(910) 295-1934



Everything that happens in Habitat world happens because of our strong partnerships.  2017 Gala Logo Icon Only 2Building good homes, strong homeowners, and creating awareness in our community as to the need for affordable housing cannot be accomplished without many hands and minds of our community.

A beautiful example of our powerful partnerships occurs each spring at our Annual Habitat Gala.  As our signature fundraising event, we rely on the proceeds to build an entire home.  This build is then added to our construction schedule along with our Faith Build, Business Build, multiple ReStore Builds and additional Sponsored Builds to create homeownership opportunities for approximately 10 families each year.
However, no other build starts with the glitz and glamour of Gala.

Our 2017 Gala was no exception.  Beginning as you approached the doors of the Pinehurst Member’s Club, you could feel the enthusiasm emanating from within.  The Pinecrest High School Jazz Band set the tone, and many guests lingered at registration just to hear more from the band.  The senses continued to be dazzled as you proceeded to the auction room and veranda. 

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Sandra Blake Trudeau and Green Sheila and Brian theune Charles Powers
Lisa Fagan Hernandez Jennifer and Keys Marilyn and Guest

Our gala committee is like no other, after many months of hard work it always amazes me to see the transformation that Ice Sculpture_Chris Curriertakes place when they take the auction items and create the beautiful display at the gala.  Adding to the elegance, we had two incredible ice sculptures from award-winning artist, Chris Currier of the Sandhills Community College.  The volunteer committee begins early in the fall to set the details and delegate responsibilities.  We have been fortunate for many years to have a committed group of volunteers eager to use their talents and networks to create a huge impact for our mission. 

The gala committee recruited sponsors, sold advertisements for the program, asked friends and leaders to serve as table captains, and left no stone unturned in seeking fabulous auction items.  Our generous Board of Directors and many of our loyal and longtime donors and community members contributed trips, experiences, jewelry, and art…even a motorcycle! 

Before the night began, our goal had been to fill the rooms with as many people and auction items as possible…and once the evening started, our goal was to empty the room of all the items and provide our guests a gourmet dinner food and memories of a spectacular evening for a great cause.

As often happens in Habitat world… many, many hands pulled together to get the job done!  I’m thrilled to report that we will not only build an entire home with the proceeds we raised at the gala, but we will also be able to critically repair approximately 10 homes for elderly and disabled residents in our community.  As we tally the final bills, we can celebrate that our work raised a net total of over $100,000 to be used for home construction and repair.  This is an amazing feat, and we thank you for being a part of the success!  It won’t be long before we begin to brainstorm for next year’s gala, and we are growing our committee – we invite you to contact us if you are willing to lend your talents to this special event.  Together, we can build louder!

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Habitat’s next Faith Relations Meeting for Moore County will take place April 19th at the Village Chapel in the Pinehurst. The monthly event provides a great opportunity to learn how your church can partner with our mission. Habitat initiatives include our Apostle Build, in which churches work with Habitat toward the creation of a new home for someone in need. Please RSVP to Rosemary at 910-295-1934 or at rweber@sandhillshabitat.org  and to learn more about how your church can get involved.

Sandhills Habitat is getting "Social"gold-coast-social-media-marketing

We are thrilled with the growth of our Facebook Family. Over 2,400 Facebook fans have liked and follow our page. Our posts have an audience of over 800 people per post.  Over 10,000 viewers saw our post last month (including paid); it is an excellent way for the Sandhills Habitat to get our message of creating affordable housing out to our audience and beyond. Everyday, followers are joining us to hear about past and future events. Check our page daily for ReStore Sales and new items, as well as photos of all the hard work our volunteers do for Habitat.

If you have not yet "liked" our page @sandhillshabitat, we invite you to join us on Facebook.

linkedin-512Sandhills Habitat will also be expanding our online outreach to local business by way of our new LinkedIn page. We hope to network with the business leaders, owners, and their employees to create public awareness and team building through cause marketing. It is a great way to engage employees and give back to the community that is creating growth and economic development. Through LinkedIn we hope to stay in the minds and on the radar of Moore County’s business leaders.

Please be on the lookout for your invitation to LinkedIn!

Habitat will also be reviving our Instagram page so that we can share all the wonderful photos that our staff, instagram-icon_1057-2227
volunteers, and supporters send to us.

In-Bound marketing is a preferred way to get our news in front of the supporters that helps us grow. Please post, comment, and share our online social media accounts with your friends and family, it is a great way to support the Sandhills Habitat. We hope to see you online on our social media connections.

More information will follow on the invitation, on the Habitat website, as well as Facebook.
So, be sure to “Like” our page @sandhillshabitat.

 A Community Celebrating Partnerships
Dedication and the 2017 Business Build

It was a very cold day, but that did not stop our heart-warming dedication for Jenitta Hollingsworth and her family at her new home on Hardin Street in Southern Pines. Over 200 community members gathered on March 23rd to offer Jenitta well wishes, prayers, and gifts for her new home. 
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After the dedication, business leaders from Moore County began the hard work of “raising the walls” for an additional house on Hardin street. The 2017 Business Build is launched and in full speed mode. Sandhills Habitat is actively involved in the neighborhood revitalization of West Southern Pines and has received an USDA grant for further redevelopment. We were also delighted to have the youth group from the University of Maryland on board for the build.
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Courtesy of The Pilot Newspaper.
It is with the utmost gratitude that we thank all of the
business sponsors who continue to help us thoughout the build
and help to spread our mission to all of their employees.
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If your business would like to sponsor a build day, please contact Amie Fraley at (910) 295-1934.

Kim Kinney with Title 2The ReStores received 2 truckloads of brand new donated merchandise from Lowe’s Home Improvement center. Stop by and shop the deeply discounted merchandise available for your home and/or garden.

Our Habitat Restore is always looking for cashier volunteers. The shifts are half day, morning or afternoon, and it is a great way to make friends and meet new people.

Richmond County ReStore needs merchandising, display, design and decorator volunteers, as well as volunteers to help with our donation pick-ups.
Please call Trey at (910) 817-9576 for more information, very flexible hours.
Watch us on Facebook for added merchandise photos to get an idea what great donations we get from the community. And speaking of communities, don’t forget to book your Stuff the Truck pick up for your next event, the calendar is filling up. It is a great way to engage your church, business, or other social group. Spring Cleaning is up and running!
Donation Hours:
Mon- 9-4  |  Tues-Fri 9-5  |  Sat-9-4

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Yard-saleMark your calendars now for our upcoming May Yard Sale.  It will be held on Saturday May 13.  Multiple  vendors will be selling, and you can catch some great deals on our already low prices.
Lastly and most important, we have received our Lowes Home Improvement donation from their corporate center.  It has started hitting shelves in late March and will be in full swing during the Month of April.  Be sure to shop often as new merchandise will be coming out weekly.

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Moore County Restore Update
‚ÄčThe ReStore will be continuing the Silent Auction (Mobile Bidding) in order to reach a larger customer base. Select high value items that are donated to ReStore will be featured on the ReStore Silent auction site with bids starting at 50% the projected value. Our next auction will launch in May at www.restoreauction.com.
Come visit our ReStore in Moore County in May to view a great selection of new items on the floor and visit the silent auction section for more information. To learn more about mobile bidding through Bidpal click on this link “How to Bidpal”
Moore County is eagerly accepting donations and is available to Pick Up large items.
Please note that the ReStore has a direct number (910) 295-2798
Volunteers in the Spotlight
Max Richgruber
Moore County- Max

Habitat ReStore
Our volunteer of the month of April is Max Richgruber, he’s the definition of a awesome volunteer. Max has come in and mastered some of the things we do here as far as customer service, pricing, and running our production area. He’s what we love in a young volunteer. Max is a senior at Pinecrest High School and he plans on attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We really appreciate the efforts that Max puts in every Saturday or even some days during the week. The Habitat ReStore would like to say thank you Max for all you do!

Lee Anna
Richmond County–Lee Anne
Habitat ReStore
Lee Ann is the side kick to last month’s volunteer of the month.  She is from Wadesboro, a county over, quick to let you know that, but she knows everyone who comes in the door here in Richmond County.  She has been volunteering with Tonya since 2014 and not only a great asset to our store, but a vital family member.  Thank you Lee Ann and ‘how you doing today?’
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Group Builds – Without volunteers on site and in the Re-Store, we could not do what we do in the community.  Thank you for volunteering and please talk with your friends and neighbors about becoming a volunteer with Habitat.

Cashier – The Moore County ReStore is looking for volunteers to work the cash register for the Thursday shift of either 10am - 2 pm or 2pm- 5 pm.

 Please call Rosemary Weber at (910) 295-1934 to get more information.
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