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Annual Habitat fundraiser

For the past 20 years, Habitat for Humanity has held a dinner and auction to support its house building efforts. This year, a dedication will be held at the dinner to celebrate the event’s namesake and his wife for their support of the organization.

The late Paul Callihan was active with Habitat with his wife, Kay, said Robin Stewart, Habitat’s director of resource development. Years ago, Washington County Habitat chose to name this fundraiser in honor of the work they’ve done in the housing industry.

She said the couple were helpful in making a nine-house subdivision on Ohio 26 successful.

“He has since passed, but his wife, Kay, still supports Habitat and the auction,” Stewart said.

The dinner and auction will be held Friday at the Marietta Shrine Club. Doors open and the silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., with the live auction to follow at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per person, or a table can be reserved for $300, Stewart said. Limited tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased in advance at habitatmov.com/tickets or by calling 304-422-7907.

Dinner is provided by Cowboy Concessions and the entrees will include a choice of prime rib, chicken or vegetarian lasagna, she added. A cash bar will also be available.

Stewart said about $32,000 was the net profit last year from the event.

“The funds this year will be used to build homes in 2020,” she said. “We build four to five houses a year. The next house is expected to be in the city of Marietta. There hasn’t been one there in up to 10 years, so we’re excited about that.”

Work on this home will begin in late spring or early summer. Three others are currently in the works in Williamstown, Little Hocking and South Parkersburg. Habitat has families approved for a fifth house, but details haven’t been finalized for that build, Stewart said.

The houses built this year will be numbers 106 through 110 in Wood and Washington counties.

“We’ve done quite a bit of building in Washington County in the last few years,” Stewart said.

Lisa Collins, Habitat resource development coordinator, said more property is needed to build up the organization’s inventory.

“(Land) is a huge need right now, with Washington County in general,” Collins said. “We try to have inventory of property in different places so kids can stay in the same school district.”

When families are chosen to participate in a Habitat house, they are able to choose which property they want to build on from the inventory of property available.

“We can spend sometimes up to $10,000 (to purchase a property), but it’s better if it’s donated,” Collins. “Some of the auction effort is to get money set aside at the Marietta Community Foundation to purchase property.”

She said if property is donated, they prefer it be buildable, so a lot of work doesn’t have to be done to make it usable. Utilities should already be run to it.

“We’ll take a look at any lot size,” she said. “For larger lots, we can build two houses on it.”

Stewart said items available in the live auction include a week-long stay in a four-bedroom vacation home in Charleston, S.C., with accompanying sailing adventure and local helicopter ride. Other items to be auctioned include side chairs, a single person sauna, a grandfather clock, construction services and a fire pit.

If you go:

¯ Who: Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

¯ What: Annual Paul L. Callihan dinner and auction.

¯ Where: Marietta Shrine Club.

¯ When: Friday. Doors open and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Live auction starts at 7:15 p.m.

¯ Why: Event supports Habitat’s house building mission.

¯ Cost: $40 per person or a reserved table for $300. Tickets can be purchased in advance at habitatmov.com/tickets.

¯ Includes: Live and silent auctions; Entree choice of prime rib, chicken or vegetarian lasagna.

Source: Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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