Habitat takes back food, wine tasting Friday

For the first time in three years, Habitat for Humanity St. Francis County (HFHSFC) will bring back its popular wine tasting and silent auction, “House Warming for Habitat,” scheduled for this Friday in Leadington.

HFHSFC executive director Linda Dickerson-Bell said all proceeds benefit the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to building safe, decent and affordable housing in the county for those who would otherwise not wouldn’t have the opportunity to own their own home.

The 13th Annual House Warming for Habitat Food and Wine Tasting Fundraiser will be held Friday, 6-11 p.m., at White Magnolia, 210 E. Woodlawn Drive, Leadington.

It will feature local food and wine vendors offering their best products to sell and taste; acoustic entertainment provided by Shannon Cox, with special guest and former Habitat owner Tyler Smith; souvenir tasting glass, 10 1oz tastings per guest, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and photo booth, all for $30 per person in advance, $40 at the door. A table of eight can be reserved for $250. For more information, donations, tickets or to volunteer, contact Dickerson-Bell at 573-760-1702.

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Dickerson-Bell said the Ecumenical Christian Housing Ministry said the nonprofit is busy with its ReStore, building its 33rd, 34th and 35th homes and is looking for a ReStore manager and construction supervisor – which require all finance to complete.

“We are not a housing donation program,” said Dickerson-Bell, who has run HFHSFC for more than 20 years. “Our families are actually making low interest monthly payments on these homes which are being built at a discount by volunteers and some paid contractors. But the mortgages combined aren’t enough to fund everything it takes to build these homes for St. Francois County families, so we’re happy to be able to bring wine tasting back safely.

She added that, if people are feeling even more generous, table sponsorships for the food and wine tasting are $400, for which sponsors receive a table of eight reserved for their company and their guests, a overnight business spotlight and inclusion on print ads. Sponsor tables will also receive two bottles of wine with appetizers.

“In addition to showcasing area wineries, restaurants and catering businesses, the wine will be available for purchase by the bottle or case,” Dickerson-Bell said. “It’s a great way to stock up for the holidays or give unique gifts.”

The food and wine vendors that have been invited to participate are St. James Winery and Public Brewing Company; Charlesville; Crown Valley Winery and Distributor; Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery; The Margarita Man – Frozen drinks; Catering bow tie; Clubhouse events and catering; Mario’s Italy; Don’s specialty cheesecakes; and Don’s Sweet Meat BBQ and Catering.

Sarah Haas is deputy editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-518-3617 or [email protected]

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