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Dinner will add to Habitat’s ‘Blueprint’

Published 6:24pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

By Aldo Amato


Staff Reporter


HUNTSVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Madison County will hold a dinner on May 2 for their Blueprint for Hope campaign.


The organization purchased around 11 acres of land in Northeast Huntsville in 2009 and is looking to develop around 33 homes. Greg Shultz with Habitat said they need around $3 million to accomplish that feat.


“We received a $495,000 grant from the Self Home Ownership Program (SHOP) to get this started,” he said. “This dinner at the VBC is a chance for us to meet with the community and companies to help reach our goal of building this neighborhood.”


Nothing is behind the proposed site on Toby Drive but Executive Director Myra Sanderson said all of that could change with a successful campaign.

“A requirement of the SHOP grant is project must be completed by May of 2015,” she said. “While this is a challenge, we believe that with God’s help and with the help of our many partners and friends in the community, we can make this happen.”


Last year the organization celebrated 25 years of community service and had a similar benefit dinner and had around 300 people attend it. This year, the event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville.  A reception will be held prior to the dinner, which will include a special program.


“We will also hear from special guest speaker, Rev. Tony Campbell, who once served as the Director of General Colin Powell’s America’s Promise,” a release from Habitat read.

Shultz said the goal is in reach and agreed with Sanderson’s optimism.

“We just started but I think we will make it to the target,” he said. “With donors and a great community behind us, this dinner and project looks to be a success.”

Donations are not limited to those who attend the dinner. For more information on how to donate to the project, call Habitat for Humanity of Madison County at (256) 533-2282.

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