The third annual Spring Fling fundraiser for local charities, which takes place this Thursday (April 20) couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mountain View County chapter of Habitat For Humanity (MVCHFH), a spokesperson says.
Amy Christianson is the family services chair for MVCHFH, which operates under the umbrella of Southern Alberta Habitat For Humanity.
Christianson notes MVCHFH has raised enough funds to begin work this spring and summer on a duplex in the east end of Olds. When interviewed, one family had been chosen to move into one unit. The process was underway to find a family for the second half.
Currently, MVCHFH is looking for a project manager to oversee the build. They’re also inviting various trades to bid on the project. Once the project manager and trades have been determined, then construction will begin on the duplex.
Christianson says funds obtained via Spring Fling will go toward raising money for a second duplex MVCHFH plans to build later on the other half of that property.
“The fundraising piece is a beautiful – a very welcome gift. But above and beyond that is the media, the awareness that we can gather from this event to help propel into the next build for the next duplex,” she says. “It couldn’t have come at a better time for us. It’s really marvelous; we’re very grateful.”
The third annual Spring Fling takes place April 20 at the Cow Palace. It gets underway at 5 p.m. with cocktails, followed by supper and a program.
In addition to the Mountain View County chapter of Habitat For Humanity, the two other non-profits expected to raise money from the event are Padnoma Support Services, which works with people with disabilities; and the Olds High School leadership group.
There’s a baseball theme to the event because the three charities will each get five minutes to “pitch” their projects to guests who pay $100 a ticket to attend.
The three charities/non-profits will get 100 per cent of the proceeds. Guests will vote for the people’s choice (the winner), which will get $5,000. Runners-up will each receive $2,500.
Canadian Olympic wrestler and former Olds resident Danielle Lappage will also be there to speak to the crowd and mingle with guests.
“It couldn’t have come at a better time for us. It’s really marvelous; we’re very grateful.” AMY CHRISTIANSONFAMILY CHAIRMOUNTAIN VIEW HABITAT FOR HUMANITY