Habitat auction to benefit future homeowners

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times Zach Henthorn arranges hogs on Wednesday at Pine Ridge Meat Processing. Half of one of these hogs will be auctioned off Friday for the Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley's Callihan Auction.

Home ownership can seem like an unattainable dream for some families in the area. But with the help of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, some fortunate people will realize what they once thought impossible.

The Marietta Shrine Club at 249 Pennsylvania Ave. will hold the organization’s 19th annual Callihan Auction Friday. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds will go to the construction of new homes for deserving individuals and families in Wood and Washington counties. Lisa Collins, resource development coordinator for Habitat, said the event will have at least 38 items up for bid during the live auction, and more than 80 items in the silent auction.

“We are overwhelmed with donations for the auction,” she said. “It’s a great problem to have.”

Collins said the items being auctioned included a helicopter ride over the valley, a home safe, 10 tons of limestone and four hours of electrical or plumbing work done by Harrison Construction and Morrison Construction, to name just a few. Collins said one of the most popular items in the auction is the half hog donated by Pine Ridge Meat Processing in Fleming.

Zach Henthorn has made the donation the last three years he’s owned the business and said Habitat for Humanity is an organization that has gained his trust.

“They are one of the few groups you can give money to and feel that it’s worth it,” he said.

Henthorn went on to say that unlike other charitable organizations like a church, Habitat doesn’t have people coming in weekly to put money on their collection plate.

Collins said she hopes that donations like Henthorn’s will help reach the financial goals that Habitat sets for themselves.

“We raised $29,000 last year,” she said. “We are hoping to beat that this year.”

Besides the opportunity to pick up items and benefit a worthy cause, Collins said dinner will also be served to attendees as well as there being a cash bar on the premises.

“Cowboy Concessions will be providing the food,” she said. “There will be prime rib, chicken and veggie lasagna…People have liked the choices so much we’ve kept the menu the same for years.”

Collins said doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with dinner starting at 6:15 p.m. The live auction will start accepting bids at 7 p.m.

Collins said tickets for the event are $30 if purchased online at callihan.givesmart.com, or $35 if purchased at the group’s Restore in Vienna.

If you go

•What: 19th annual Callihan Auction.

•When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. with the auction beginning at 7 p.m.

•Where: Marietta Shrine Club, 249 Pennsylvania Ave.

•Some items to be auctioned: Chicago tickets at Peoples Bank Theatre, Reds and Pirates MLB tickets, half a hog, helicopter ride, home safe and construction work.

•Tickets: Online purchases at callihan.givesmart.com are $30, if purchased at the Restore at 600 16th St. Vienna, cost is $35.

•For information: Visit habitatmov.org for more information.

Source: Lisa Collins