February 4, 2017 marked a special occasion and a surprise event for Habitat of Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. Held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, a mortgage burning was celebrated for Habitat House #1 homeowners Raul and Mary Rodriguez of 109 Shaw Street.
Originally built in 1996, by local Habitat volunteers and members of St. Barnabas church, the home note was paid off by the Rodriguez’s after twenty years. Attending the ceremony was Rev. Stephen Kinney, former pastor of St. Barnabas, and one of the original founders of the local Habitat affiliate, established in 1995. Current and past board members, other Habitat homeowners, and Habitat volunteer builders, the Care-A-Vanners, were also in attendance.
At the mortgage burning event, June Phillips, a former board member, was honored for her dedication and work with Habitat over the past twenty years. She was surprised by two dozen of her family members who came to help announce the establishment of the June Phillips Scholarship Fund. The fund has been set up in honor of June’s commitment and service to the organization. Children of Habitat homeowners will be eligible for the scholarship.
Larry Berkman, president of Habitat, made the announcement as June’s family filled the room to congratulate her. Dick Aide, leader of the Care-A-Vanner group, then presented June and Habitat with $2,800 that was donated by the volunteer builders to the scholarship fund. June’s daughter, Dawn Houseal, then made a heartfelt speech, expressing the love and devotion June has shown for the organization, and its homeowners, over the years.
The 4th annual MahJongg Fundraiser Tournament is scheduled for February 18, 2016 with Habitat for Humanity being this year’s beneficiary. Held at St. Mary’s Event Center, at 307 W. San Antonio Street, the tournament is open to all social and tournament Mah-Jongg players. Registration is $75, payable to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. Read more
Hondo’s and Pedernales Brewing Company (PBC) are joining together to host a Pint Night on Thursday, June 11. Set for Hondo’s On Main, located at 312 W. Main, the event will take place from 5-7 pm. Each participant will receive a souvenir pint glass with their first beer. Live music will also be featured by Davey Schrank. During that time, courtesy of Hondo’s, 50 cents of each pint sold will go to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. Pedernales Brewing Company will then match that donation. Read more
Why? It’s The Big Give SA aka Fredericksburg Fiesta of FUNdraising! What’s that? A 24-hour on-line day of giving for area non-profit organizations.
Right now six FBG non-profits are participating in this 24-hour day of giving, including: Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, Fredericksburg Shines, Good Samaritan Center, Hill Country Community Needs Council, and Hill Country Fredericksburg SPCA. Here’s the link to the web site www.thebiggivesa.org.
If you prefer not to give on-line, please join us at Bethany Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall on May 5th from 4-9 pm to meet us in person and learn more about how you can help with your donation.