Bless This House Dinner & Auction

by Charlotte Simpson

Excitement is building for the next Habitat fund- raiser, a dinner and auction on May 16 in Mary Norton Hall at Old South. We'll start the evening with a silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. A delicious dinner will be served at 6:30, followed by the live auction at 7:30. The Deacons have agreed to help with the dinner, and the Religion and the Arts committee will festively decorate the room.

There are still plenty of opportunities to help, both before the auction and the day of the event. If your talents lie in program preparation, donations, collection, publicity, table-setting , cleanup, bookkeeping, working as a runner, or coordination of the silent auction, please call Charlotte Simpson, 617-266-5494, or Rob Thomas, 617-247-2513. If you wish to make a donation, please contact Bonnie Jones at 617-536-4964.

Jim Crawford has agreed to play a round of golf with a winning bidder. I've heard that members are already saving to get this prize! Sonya Abbott has contributed one of her professional photographs, and we have a set of dishes from Catherine Dauber. Lise Beane has collected two $50 gift certificates from Bangkok Blue, a 1920s onyx and diamond 14K gold ring from Back Bay Estate Jewelers, a 24K gold rimmed bowl from Sellett and two special gift baskets of "Angel" products by Thierry Mugler. There will be museum passes, gift certificates from Ben & Jerry's, tickets for sporting events, baby-sitting services, and much more _ in short, something for everyone!

Please consider making a donation, helping with the event, and of course, attending one of the highlights of the Old South spring social season! So that we don't miss out on any of these goods and services, we ask that all donations be recorded on the master list which is kept in the housing box at the Narthex desk. +

Habitat for Humanity:How Does It Work?

A Habitat for Humanity family has to:
*Meet income requirements to pay for the house as well as insurance and taxes
* Show that they can budget properly
* Understand what is involved in property maintenance and upkeep
* Perform 300 hours of sweat equity

The payments made by the owners of the house at 17 Dale Street in Roxbury will go to Habitat to fund the building of additional homes. Six houses are being built in Boston this year; each year the number will increase. This means that more payments will be coming in, and we hope that more churches will be supporting Habitat. In 1997, over seventy homes were built in the Houston area. Boston has a ways to go to catch up, but there's no reason why it can't be done!

Cost of a Habitat House: $50,000

Gift by one Old South member: $25,000

Collection from Old South membership (concert, pin and tie sales, special collection): $18,500

Collected to date: $43,500

*Amount needed to meet our Old South commitment: $6,500

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