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Habitat for Humanity fund-raiser Gala is Saturday

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County will host “Tool Belts and Tiaras: A Gala Celebrating 15 years”.

“Tool belts and Tiaras” brings together the mission of building houses and hope for low-income families with a glamorous evening of food, music and fun all to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County (HfHAC). HfHAC has been building simple, decent, affordable homes for 15 years; since 1994, we have built 19 homes. This fall we are beginning our 20th home.

The Gala will be held at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar; dance the night away with Pagosa’s very own Leadfoot Ruthie, and bid on your favorite items at our silent and live auctions.

One item that will be auctioned off will be a pair of beautiful Adirondack chairs built by offenders at Crowley County Correctional Facility (CCCF). Participants in the vocational wood shop at CCCF build trusses and cabinets for Habitat affiliates across the state. During their spare time they build chairs, birdhouses, and other crafts. The offenders earn a certification in wood truss building, an industry that has a need for qualified employees, and Habitat affiliates receive high-quality trusses at a reduced price along with great crafts!

The top auction item of the evening will be a hand built, 6-foot by 6-foot children’s playhouse. This beautiful playhouse was built this summer by volunteers working with Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County with most of the materials donated by Ponderosa Lumber.

Tickets are on sale now for “Tool belts and Tiaras” for $30 per person. Purchase your tickets at Higher Grounds, the Pagosa Springs Chamber and Visitor Center, or at the Habitat office. To purchase your tickets or to learn more about this exciting event, call Cindi Galabota at 264-6960. Of course, tool belts and tiaras are optional, but encouraged! We look forward to celebrating with you.

We would like to recognize and thank our sponsors: Citizen’s Bank, Ponderosa Lumber, Four Season’s Land Co., Rotary Noon Club, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Bank of Colorado and Old West Press.