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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 30, 2012
Wanted: Gingineers

Students from a fundraising course at Appalachian State University organize and participate in a gingerbread house competition to benefit Watauga Habitat for Humanity. Community members are invited to test their ‘gingineering’ skills, as well, at the Nov. 29 fundraising event.
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For the second consecutive year, Watauga Habitat for Humanity will be holding a Gingerbread House Competition and fundraiser.

Powdery icing mortar, candy-cane columns and bubble gum roofing make the fundraiser a candid model of Habitat’s home building projects. Habitat earned $800 in proceeds last year and is expecting this year to raise more.

The Gingerbread House Competition will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Helen Powers South Room of Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Events Center. The cost is $20 for a team of up to five people. Non-participants are also welcome to attend the event and vote for their favorite gingerbread house.

Raffle tickets for gas cards and gift cards will be one for $1 and seven for $5. A presentation and fliers will be given during the competition. Laptops will be on site for people to like Habitat on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. A sign-up sheet to volunteer in Habitat’s building projects will also be available.

Twenty gingerbread house building kits will be provided for the competition, donated by K-Mart.
“People can also bring whatever supplies they want,” said Alex Hooker, director of Watauga Habitat for Humanity. “One person brought a glue gun last year, and people built outbuildings and an RV. The winner did a house with solar panels.”

Last year, Appalachian State University students from an “Introduction to Fundraising class,” taught by Lynn Gregory, were assigned fundraisers to organize. The students raised funds for F.A.R.M. Café, The Children’s Playhouse and Habitat for Humanity. This year, Habitat’s fundraiser will be continued by five students of this year’s class.

“The point is to throw us completely into real-world experiences, rather than have us sitting in a lecture,” said Meghan Frick, a class member and organizer.

“Most of us are public relations majors with an emphasis on nonprofits,” said Sarah Katherine Mabe, another class member and organizer. “Last year’s students wanted to turn the competition into an annual event. So, we’re piggy-backing off of that.”

The fundraising class wants to host 20 teams in this year’s competition, expanding from last’s year’s 11 teams.

“We want to make it cross-generational,” Frick said. “We want to have a sorority’s table next to a local church’s.”

The gingerbread houses will be judged by Rosanne Peacock, wife of ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock; Susan Doll, ASU faculty member; and Loretta Clawson, mayor of Boone.

House categories are People’s Choice, Best Structural Integrity, Most Creative and the Grand Judges’ Prize. Winners must be present to receive their prize. All participants will receive a certificate of participation, winners will receive a special certificate, and the Grand Judges’ Prize is the Golden Hammer.

“The Golden Hammer is a hammer we got from ReStore, painted gold and bedazzled out,” Hooker said. “Yes, it will be presented on a velvet pillow.”

Appalachian’s student radio station, 90.5 WASU, will broadcast the event.

Businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor the event. For $100, a sponsor’s logo will mark one Habitat house, and for $1,000, it will mark 10 houses, Mabe said.

The Watauga County Habitat affiliate began in 1987 and has since completed 22 homes. It costs about $80,000 to build a home, and the family receiving the home pays back $350 a month at a zero-percent mortgage for about 20 years.

“We hope to have the 23rd finished and family in by Christmas” Hooker said. “That just gives a whole new meaning to Christmas.”

The organization received $28,681 in individual, corporate, and church donations during the 2012 fiscal year.

Habitat for Humanity also hosts Blueprints & Bow Ties and will be bringing back their Taste of the High Country fundraiser in May.

For more information or to sign up your team, contact Sarah Katherine Mabe at (mabesk@appstate.edu)

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Students from a fundraising course at Appalachian State University organize and participate in a gingerbread house competition to benefit Watauga Habitat for Humanity. Community members are invited to test their ‘gingineering’ skills, as well, at the Nov. 29 fundraising event.
Photos submitted

Gingerbread competition categories include People’s Choice, Best Structural Integrity, Most Creative and the Grand Judges’ Prize.

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