Habitat dinner & auction

18th annual event at Shrine Club

The goal of home ownership for families who would otherwise struggle is what Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley is all about.

The 18th annual Paul L. Callihan Dinner & Auction planned for Friday will bring together those who support the program and those who benefit from it.

Candace Boyce, 23, of Belpre, will become a happy homeowner in April once her Habitat home in Belpre is completed.

“It’s a three bedroom, two bath home with a good size living room, new appliances, which is great, and a big-sized backyard for the kids,” she said.

Boyce will move into the home with her husband, Braden, and her two children, ages 3 and 4. The couple has been putting in a lot of time on the home, despite working one part-time job and one full-time job.

“This week we’re putting up trim and light fixtures and it has been really neat to see it all come together, to make it our own,” Boyce said.

Habitat homebuyers are required to attend homebuyer education classes and complete “sweat equity” hours in working on a number of local Habitat projects as well as their own. The homeowners pay a zero-percent interest mortgage to buy the house from Habitat.

Boyce will talk about her positive experience at the dinner and auction, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Shrine Club in Marietta.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the people who are really invested in helping Habitat,” she said.

According to Lisa Collins, resource development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of the MOV, Boyce’s home is one of four that will be completed by year’s end in Washington County. It’s also the 101st house that Habitat has built in the area.

“I think there was some concern when the merger happened, we wouldn’t continue both auctions but Marietta’s has such a different feel and a built-in audience that we decided to keep doing both,” Collins said.

The merger of Wood and Washington counties to form Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley occurred in 2016. The hope was that combining the services and resources of affiliates on either side of the Ohio River would mean more houses built and increased efficiency.

Two of the major sponsors of the event are Solvay Polymers and Managers Resource Group.

Tickets for the dinner are $30 for an individual and $50 per couple. The evening will begin with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and then a live auction. Typically this event raises at least $20,000 for the organization.

“We have some really interesting things up for auction, including a sauna with surround sound stereo, full Botox from Dr. McCarthy, a puppet that can be personalized to look like anyone you choose and even a helicopter ride over Marietta,” Collins said.

Dinner will be provided by Cowboy Concessions. The choice of prime rib, chicken or vegetable lasagna can be made at the door. Tickets, however, can no longer be purchased at the door.

To purchase tickets, visit habitatmov.com, the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Vienna or call 304-422-7907.

If you go

¯ What: 18th annual Habitat MOV Paul L. Callihan Dinner & Auction.

¯ When: Friday starting at 5:30 p.m.

¯ Where: Marietta Shrine Club, 249 Pennsylvania Ave.

¯ Tickets: habitatmov.com, Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Vienna.

¯ Details: Dinner by Cowboy Concessions — choose from prime rib, chicken breast or vegetable lasagna; cash bar; silent auction at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., live auction at 8 p.m.

¯ For information: 304-422-7907.