Habitat owners giving back with home fundraiser
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A GROUP OF HOMEOWNERS who have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland for their own American Dream of quality, decent housing are organizing a “Carnival and Sing-Off” fundraiser at Oak Grove Elementary School on Saturday, Aug. 2. All proceeds will support future Habitat homebuilds. From left are Carley Whaley and her son Isaiah Whaley; Stephanie, Kathy and Chris Locke; and Mindie and Wesley Freeman. Contributed photo
A GROUP OF HOMEOWNERS who have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland for their own American Dream of quality, decent housing are organizing a “Carnival and Sing-Off” fundraiser at Oak Grove Elementary School on Saturday, Aug. 2. All proceeds will support future Habitat homebuilds. From left are Carley Whaley and her son Isaiah Whaley; Stephanie, Kathy and Chris Locke; and Mindie and Wesley Freeman. Contributed photo
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Several future homeowners who are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland are organizing a “Carnival and Sing-Off” event to raise money for the organization.

Unlike most of Habitat’s fundraisers that are organized by the Habitat staff, this one is personal.

“They took the initiative and planned this themselves,” Habitat’s Family Services Manager NaCole Massingill said. “This was their idea from start to finish. They have really taken it and run with it.”

The homeowner families who are organizing the “Carnival and Sing-Off” include Wesley and Mindie Freeman who just moved into their new home, as well as future homeowners, the Locke and Whaley families.

The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Oak Grove Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The families have extended an open invitation to Cleveland and Bradley County residents to come join them and bring the whole family,” Massingill stressed.

Entertainment will be provided by several local singing groups, as well as a magician, items for auction, cake walks, food vendors, games, prizes, face painting and a drawing for a cash prize, organizers reported. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Admission price includes all the entertainment and games.

“The homeowners who are organizing this event hope to help raise money for Habitat to be able to build other homes for other new families,” Massingill said. “These homeowners see this fundraiser as a way for them to give back to an organization that has changed their lives, and that the funds will go to continue the mission of Habitat.”

Habitat for Humanity homeowner Wesley Freeman agreed.

“We have been blessed with the opportunity to be homeowners through Habitat,” Freeman said. “And we want others to be afforded the same.”

Massingill added, “We at Habitat are so excited to see our families taking ownership of our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They desire that not only they, but other families in Cleveland, can have a home, community and hope.”