Habitat Pig Roast Gets Good Turnout
Lots of Good Food, Fundraising Fun
By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer
Copyright Clare County Cleaver
HARRISON – Turnout was strong at the 6th Annual Clare County Habitat for Humanity Pig Roast fundraiser, held Saturday at the Harrison Moose Lodge. Carrie Harris, Habitat executive director, noted credit went to all who helped and especially Peggy and Hale Losey.
“They are the sponsors for our pig roast,” Harris said. “They do everything for us, the Losey family.”
Scott Losey, Habitat president, was on deck (literally) Saturday morning tending the pig. Cob corn was grilled just prior to the dinner which began at 4:30 p.m. And other Habitat members worked doggedly cranking out baked potatoes and providing all the side dishes served on a buffet replete with a luau-inspired pineapple palm tree – and an 8-foot table loaded with sumptuous desserts.
In addition to the succulent pork dinner with all the trimmings, attendees had opportunities to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win Grand Prize of a $1,000 gift card to Harrison Lumber Do-It Center; 2nd Prize of a $250 Whitbeck’s gift certificate; or 3rd Prize of a $100 gift card to Elm Creek Lawn & Landscape. There was even a free chance to win candy jar by guessing how many pieces of candy it contained. To keep diners engaged, their meal purchase included a door prize ticket and every 15 minutes three ticket numbers were called which yielded winners the choice of a floral table piece or a bagged cookbook.
Also available was a silent auction featuring many cozy bedding items and more, along with a raffle drawing for an array of gift baskets provided by sponsoring organizations. Activities offering straight up cash reward opportunities included a 50-50 deck of cards raffle and a drawing for a money tree loaded with $200 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.
Lori Martin, longtime Habitat treasurer who has moved into the role of vice president, continued to encourage diners to purchase the various tickets as she read out the door prize numbers on the quarter hour.
The funds raised from the event will go toward helping Habitat’s next family, which has not yet been selected.
Habitat instituted a scholarship last year which is personally funded by the Habitat Board of Directors and staff members. At last year’s pig roast, the organization awarded the scholarship to a graduating senior from Harrison High School who was headed into the construction trades. This year, the award again went to a Harrison graduate, Morgan Hofmann. She, however, is headed into a legal career.
“Actually we had none [applicants] going into the construction trades this year,” said Val Bondie III, Habitat director. “She’s going to Grand Valley and going into law. It was kind of interesting, last year we only had one guy and he was going into construction, and we had 12 women this year and none of them were going into construction. Which is fine; we’re just glad to be able to give back.”
Bondie said Habitat had scholarship applicants from all three Clare County school systems.
“Harrison, Clare and Farwell all applied, 12 young ladies from all three schools,” he said. “We had two from Harrison, and she [Hofmann] just stood out. The Board goes through all of them, and the decision was unanimous.”
The Habitat board meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, and the public is welcome at 7 p.m.
The Habitat for Humanity office is located at 3157 N. Clare Ave., Suite 2, Harrison [across from Steve's Country Market]. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment. For information, call 989-539-2481 or visit clarecountyhabitat.org online.