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Monday, February 04, 2013 8:18 PM

Fundraisers planned for Habitat projects

By The Herald Staff

A local charity has planned fundraisers to fund an ongoing project.

Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County organizers hope to raise $20,000 to complete the construction project currently under way at 740 S. Elm St., Ottawa, as well as begin a new project later this year. A “Church Choir Challenge” is planned for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St.

Singing groups from Grace Community Church, which won the previous challenge, are expected to appear at this month’s event, along with groups from Westminster Presbyterian, United Methodist, Ottawa Community and the Seventh Day Adventist churches of Ottawa. The challenge in September brought in nearly $1,000 for Habitat, Sandy Brown-Payne, Habitat’s chair of the resource development committee, said. For more information, call Brown-Payne at (785) 418-8910.

An earlier “phone-a-thon” raised $500 with another $1,200 in pledges. Another phone-a-thon was planned for Monday evening, but results were not immediately available.

The home now being built with the current partner family, David and Whitney Bethea, is expected to be finished in April. Habitat organizers said they intend to begin construction on the next project in late summer.

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