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Habitat for Humanity of Moore County Celebrates Its Volunteers with a Golf Tournament at National Golf Club

Aberdeen, NC, August 21, 2008 --( Volunteers are the life blood of Habitat. Without them, Habitat wouldn’t be able to build 14 homes for low income families in Moore and Richmond counties every year. Habitat for Humanity of Moore County hosts three volunteer appreciation events every year, the Spring Cookout, the Golf Tournament and the Holiday Luncheon. The annual Golf Tourney is by far the most popular and well attended.

In the last fiscal year, volunteers served 27,727 hours building houses, working in the Moore Store, helping around the office and serving on event committees. According to the Independent Sector, a nonpartisan coalition of non-profit organizations, one volunteer hour is valued at $19.51, making Habitat volunteers worth $540,953.77.

The Volunteer Appreciation Golf Tournament started in 2000 at National Golf Club and the club has hosted the event a total of five times. Foxfire, Pinewild, Beacon Ridge and Whispering Pines Country Clubs hosted the event the other years. National Golf Club is a favorite among the volunteers.

During the luncheon, Habitat Board President Tim Dwyer presented Tom Parsons, Director of Golf for the National Golf Club, with a framed thank you plaque for allowing Habitat the use of the golf course for its Volunteer Appreciation Golf Tournament. Mr. Dwyer also presented a thank you plaque to Chad Samson, Steve Porter and David Troxell from McDonald Brothers Construction for their company’s contribution to the Habitat Spring Gala held in May of this year.

Jimmy McCaskill from the Pinehurst Fire Department talked about the fire department’s involvement in the installation of residential fire sprinklers in Habitat homes with over 100 systems installed. Every Habitat house has a sprinkler system, in addition to smoke detectors, thanks to Mr. McCaskill and his installation team.

Awards for longest drive, closest to the hole and overall best score were given after a lunch of sandwiches, pasta salad and iced tea. The winners of the longest drive were Bill Ottman and Dot Kennihan while Marilyn Otto and Ron Flock won for shots closest to the hole. Each received a sleeve of golf balls. Jonathan Yarborough, Mike Wheeler, Bart Reuter and Joe Thomas won the tournament; each received a $25 gift certificate for the Pro Shop at National.

About National Golf Club
National Golf Club, located in Pinehurst, boasts the only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in the Sandhills area. The 7,144 yard, 18-hole championship course features wide fairways, lush course conditions and undulating putting surfaces that test a player’s true golfing ability. National Golf Club also offers residences within its 514 wooded acres, with amenities that include a gated community, 24-hour security and several membership levels.

About Habitat for Humanity of Moore County
Habitat of Humanity of Moore County was founded in 1988 by an inter-denominational group concerned about substandard housing, and it exists to serve Moore County citizens living at 60 percent or less of median income who need suitable housing. Habitat is a Christian ministry with an ecumenical bent and an interfaith focus. Habitat not only builds its houses with the potential homeowners and hundreds of volunteers, but also provides twenty or twenty-five year mortgages for the families at zero interest. Their services are available to people of all races and faiths, as well as to people who profess no religious faith. Since 1988, this affiliate has built 156 homes with and for families in need of affordable housing in Moore County.

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Habitat for Humanity of Moore County
Amanda Jakl

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