Carpenter’s Ball raises funds for Habitat for Humanity |

Carpenter’s Ball raises funds for Habitat for Humanity

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EAGLE COUNTY – Habitat for Humanity of Eagle & Lake Counties plans to build five homes in 2005. The first house, built in Gypsum for the Bopp family, is finished and was dedicated last week. The nonprofit organization has picked four more families who will help build their own homes.The 2005 Carpenter’s Ball – on March 12 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek – is the organization’s largest fund-raiser event and “elevates awareness about the need for affordable housing throughout the community,” said Tom Healy, the organization’s president. At last year’s Carpenter’s Ball, Arrowhead residents began raising money to build a house. The residents raised enough to build one home and start a second. It also was at last year’s ball that local developers Rick Hermes and George Sanders committed to build the home in Gypsum, which was the first ever “blitz build” project in Eagle County. Blitz build projects run on an accelerated schedule and the Gypsum was finished in about two months. Habitat for Humanity “partners” with low-income families to build homes with no interest loans. The families are required to make a down payment, monthly mortgage payments and put in “sweat equity,” which equates to hundreds of hours of labor per family to participate in the construction of the house.By the 2008, Habitat for Humanity of Eagle & Lake Counties hopes to start building 10 homes per year, Healy said. “People get involved because they are innately charitable and they appreciate that the product is a tangible end result,” Healy said. “There’s a house and there’s a family.” For more information about the Carpenter’s Ball, including tickets, please call 748-6718. Vail, Colorado

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