Conscious Party: Community construction campaign

WHAT: Down Home: A Benefit for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 6-10 p.m.

WHERE: 305 Sluder Branch Road, Leicester

WHY: Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity wraps up National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a fundraiser for its house construction and home repair programs. Ultimately, the goal of this event is to triple the number of families served by raising money for the nonprofit’s Building a Way Home campaign. According to Habitat communications director Ariane Kjellquist, “It’s about giving people a hand up, not a handout, and ensuring that more local families have a safe, decent and affordable home.”

Guests can start the evening with a complimentary glass of Biltmore wine or a beer from Highland Brewing while checking out the various items available in the silent auction. But attendees should make sure to stick around for the live auction, which will feature items such as Hawaiian vacation accommodations, local art and a premier in-home wine-tasting experience.

WestWend, a three-piece bluegrass outfit from Knoxville, Tenn., will provide the evening’s early entertainment, and after the set an authentic “Southern Supper” will be provided by Corner Kitchen Catering. And if bluegrass isn’t enough, there will be contra dancing group lessons with music by Good & Plenty and caller Diane Silver at the mic.

Tickets are $60, and all funds raised during the event will go to support Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s house construction and home repair programs. “We feel that our community gives to us, and we give back: Our families pay mortgages and taxes back into the community. We help keep people in our community,” notes Building a Way Home campaign coordinator Eva Mellert.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ashevillehabitat.org. — Michael McDonald

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