$136,000 raised for Habitat for Humanity

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The $136,410 raised Tuesday during Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s annual benefit breakfast will go toward the costs of building four homes in the nonprofit’s newest subdivision, McKibbin Commons, a 10-home development in Vancouver’s Father Blanchet Park neighborhood.

More than 600 people attended the annual Raising the Roof Benefit Breakfast for the nonprofit, held Tuesday morning at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is the local branch of the international Habitat for Humanity nonprofit.

“Every day, we see firsthand the critical role decent housing plays in creating positive outcomes in people’s lives and in communities,” Josh Townsley, executive director of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, said in a news release. “We are thrilled with the success of our breakfast and appreciate all the sponsors, table hosts, and volunteers who were extremely generous because they believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We look forward to another year of creating safe and secure places for families to grow, be healthy, and thrive.”

The breakfast featured videos of a pair of local families, one who just moved into their Evergreen Habitat home and another who’s helping build their home. Melinda Patterson and Pam Israel also talked onstage about their families’ journeys to homeownership through Evergreen Habitat.

Also, several awards were presented:

• Denny Eller was named Volunteer of the Year.

• The Ray Johnson Award went to Rich Helmke.

• Churches in Partnership, which comprises East Woods Presbyterian, Columbia Presbyterian, St. John’s Presbyterian, Cascade Presbyterian and First Presbyterian, got the Faith in Action award.