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Community's support for Habitat Golf Classic appreciated

July 24, 2010

The Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity would like to thank the entire community for the support of the 2010 Phillips Financial Habitat Golf Classic.
The event was a great success, raising over $30,000. The winning team was Garan Manufacturing, team members John Smith, Dayne Smith, Tom Wilson, and Bobby Steenbergen.
All donated dollars including proceeds from the Phillips Financial Habitat Golf Classic are used to purchase building materials for a Habitat home. Support of the Habitat ministry not only helps build a home, but also helps partner families become better citizens of the Starkville Community.
Through a strong family selection/family nurture program, Starkville Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to select low-income, working families who view homeownership as a life changing opportunity and are willing to buy their own home through a 20-year mortgage loan, interest free and no profit.
The partner family for the 43rd Starkville Habitat home is Raymond and Loraine Bardwell and their eight children. They moved from a 2-bedroom, one bath home in need of much repair to a 4-bedroom, 2-bath Habitat home at 153 Bennett Street prior to June 30.
Raymond is employed at Starkville Manor and Mississippi State University. Loraine is employed at Wendy’s Restaurant. The Bardwell family understands and appreciates the Starkville Community for making possible this home and the life changing opportunity home ownership brings.
Construction of the 44th Starkville Habitat home, the second Annual MSU Maroon Edition Habitat home, is scheduled to begin early August with Dawg Days.
Last year, more than 800 MSU students, faculty, and staff volunteered 2,800 hours to complete the first MSU Maroon Edition Habitat home in record time.
The partner family for the Second MSU Maroon Edition Habitat Home is Katie Marie Gray and her two children.
The blessings of a Habitat home for this family include not only a decent home, but a handicap accessible home, making life easier for the oldest child suffering with Muscular Dystrophy.
In addition to helping make possible a home for a needy family, Habitat supporters are also giving volunteers an opportunity to see and help others in need.
Volunteers are often teenagers, seeing first hand the needs of others and experiencing in many cases for the first time the blessings of giving of their time and energy to not only help make possible a home but also offer a life changing opportunity that impacts not only this generation, but generations to come.
Community support of the Starkville Habitat ministry is greatly appreciated and brings lasting benefit to not only the Habitat partner family, but to the Starkville community as well.

The Board of Directors
Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity

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