Thanks to all of the shoppers and sellers who made the community yard sale a big success. We hope to see you all again next year!
Gerald Lankford is The Big Cheese in Wilkes County! Gerald raised $13,570 for Habitat’s affordable housing ministry during his campaign; a new individual record. This year’s group of 10 contestants raised $32,191; also a new campaign record!
Wilkes Habitat for Humanity would like to thank everyone who took part in making this the most successful Big Cheese ever! You are making a real difference in the lives of hardworking Wilkes County families who need an affordable home.
For more information about this year’s campaign, check out Frances Hayes’ excellent article over at the Wilkes Journal-Patriot: Big Cheese Raises $32,191.
Photo courtesy of Frances Hayes, Wilkes Journal-Patriot. Pictured left-to-right: 2014 Big Cheese winner Mike Dancy, 2015 Big Cheese winner Gerald Lankford, executive director Isaac Kerns.
Wilkes Habitat for Humanity held its 3rd Annual Big Cheese Competition, a friendly contest to find out who will be The Big Cheese in Wilkes County in 2015, from January 1 – March 1, 2015. These ten intrepid Habitat supporters have joined the competition, each agreeing to raise at least $500 for Wilkes Habitat for Humanity. The person who raises the most funds between January 1st & March 1st will be crowned the 2015 Big Cheese in Wilkes County! Each contestant’s profile may be found just below this message.
Wilkes Habitat for Humanity would like to thank Bill Bumgarner, Jean Graf, Linda B. Greene, Sharron Huffman, Robert L. Johnson, Gerald Lankford, Michelle Shepherd, Adina Watkins, Nancy Watson, John Yates, and all of their wonderful supporters for making this year’s Big Cheese fundraiser a huge success. Thanks to all of your efforts, another hardworking Wilkes County family will have the opportunity to partner with us to purchase a safe, decent, affordable home.
Annie Wyatt and Carmen James were recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to Wilkes Habitat for Humanity at our donor and volunteer appreciation banquet, held on Thursday, September 4th at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church.
Annie Wyatt is the single biggest contributor of volunteer hours in Wilkes Habitat for Humanity’s history. In addition to that outstanding service achievement, Annie is also the top contributor of volunteer hours to our local Women Build program and the Habitat ReStore as well. Annie continues to be an inspiration and a blessing to our homebuyers, volunteers and staff alike, and we felt it was long past time to recognize and thank her for her achievements.
Carmen James was recognized for her hundreds of hours of volunteer service behind the scenes, helping the organization navigate legal processes under the many new regulations placed on mortgage lenders like Habitat in recent years. Although her service may not be as visible as work on the build site or in the ReStore, it has been every bit as valuable in allowing our ministry to thrive in a time of great change and uncertainty.
Photo courtesy of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot.
This mother’s day, honor your mother – or another special woman in your life – with a $50 gift in support of Wilkes Habitat for Humanity’s newest Women Build home. A gift of $50 sponsors approximately one square foot of the home, giving your honoree a lasting gift that makes affordable home-ownership a reality for another hard working Wilkes County family.
Learn more about our Mother’s Day gifts on our Women Build page.
On Friday, March 14th, Mike Dancy was crowned The Big Cheese in 2014 for his record-breaking fundraising efforts in support of Wilkes Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing ministry. Mike raised $10,303 dollars as part of his campaign to become this year’s Big Cheese, and can be seen here receiving the crown from 2013 Big Cheese winner Ken Canter.
Also in the top three for this year’s campaign are Steve Key of Weyerhaeuser & Taupe Gallery, and Danny Holman; a former board president of Wilkes Habitat for Humanity.
In total, our ten contestants raised over $26,000 this year, making this our most successful campaign in history. To Mike Dancy, Danny Holman, Bill Hurd, Mayor Robert L. Johnson, Steve Key, Amanda Pendry, Marcia Reynolds, Viki Taylor, Nancy Watson, and Laura Welborn: we are incredibly grateful for the hard work and energy you put into supporting our homebuyers through this campaign!
We would also like to extend our gratitude to all of the donors who supported Habitat by contributing to each of these great individuals in their effort to be The Big Cheese.
We would like to invite everyone to join us for The Big Cheese Ball – Friday, March 14th, 2014 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Oakwoods County Club – 541 Clubhouse Drive, Wilkesboro, NC. The event has been rescheduled due to the inclement weather last Friday.
This fun event will feature plenty of food (including cheese, of course!), refreshments, and the crowning of The Big Cheese in 2014! Ten wonderful Habitat supporters have joined our 2nd Annual Big Cheese campaign – a friendly fundraising competition supporting Wilkes Habitat for Humanity’s homebuilding fund – and this is the event that will cap it all off. It’s free to attend, so please invite your friends & family to join us at the ball.
For more information about this year’s Big Cheese campaign, please continue reading…
Wilkes Habitat for Humanity is holding our 2nd Annual Big Cheese Competition – a friendly contest to find out who will be The Big Cheese in Wilkes County in 2014. Ten intrepid Habitat supporters have taken the challenge and joined the competition, each agreeing to raise at least $500 for Wilkes Habitat for Humanity. The person who raises the most funds between January 1st & March 1st will be crowned the Big Cheese in Wilkes County for 2014.
Mike Dancy – Wilkes County Schools
Mike worked for many years with the Wilkes County Schools before retiring in June 2013; serving most recently as principal of Wilkesboro Elementary School.
Danny Holman – Holman Opportunities, LLC
Danny is principle owner of Holman Opportunities and served for many years with Lowe’s, most recently as Director of Planogramming. Danny also served 6 years on the board of directors of Wilkes HFH, including 3 as president.
Bill Hurd – Carolina Communications Consultants, LLC
Bill is principle owner of Carolina Communications Consultants, and is an advertising specialist who spent many years with Lowe’s.
Robert L. Johnson – Mayor, North Wilkesboro
Robert is an electrical contractor and the Mayor of North Wilkesboro, a position in which he has served since December 2009. Robert previously served as a Town Commissioner from 1981 to 1993, and then was elected again in 2001.
Steve Key – Weyerhaeuser / Taupe Gallery
Steve is a long-time employee of Weyerhaeuser in Elkin, having been with the company for 28 years. He also runs livestock operations on several farms here in Wilkes County and is co-owner of Taupe Gallery in downtown North Wilkesboro.
Amanda Pendry – Canter Construction
Amanda is an office manager at Canter Construction in Wilkesboro.
Marcia Reynolds – CVS Pharmacy
Marcia is a pharmacist with CVS in Fairplanes, and is an active supporter of the Wilkes County Schools.
Viki Taylor – Wilkes County Schools
Viki is a retired school teacher with the Wilkes County Schools, having served for many years at Wilkes Central High School.
Nancy Watson – Brame Huie Pharmacy
Nancy is office manager at Brame Huie Pharmacy and a 2009 Honorary Inductee to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame for her work helping to establish the institution.
Laura Welborn – Family Matters Mediation
Laura is Parent Coordinator at Family Matters Mediation and a regular columnist at The Record of Wilkes.
Are you interested in purchasing a home though Wilkes Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing ministry? This year’s new homebuyer application period is currently open, and we are seeking 4 partner families to purchase homes!
All of the homes that will be sold during this application period are located in the North Wilkes School District.
Would you or someone you know benefit from owning your own home? Do you have a strong work ethic and a steady income? If so, Habitat for Humanity may be a great fit for you.
For all the information needed to apply, PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE.
Once you’ve read the information on our home ownership page, you can download a preliminary application form from that page or pick one up at the Habitat ReStore, located at 320 Cothren Street in Wilkesboro.
Wilkes Habitat for Humanity would like to invite everyone to join us Saturday, April 13th, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM for an exciting silent auction & fundraiser – The ReStore ReStyle. The ReStore is located at 320 Cothren Street in Wilkesboro (please click here to get directions).
The event features interesting and unique works of salvage art from over 40 area artists and craftspeople, all created with items from the Habitat ReStore as well as other salvaged materials.
Tickets to the event are $5.00, and may be purchased ahead of time and at the door. There is no charge for participating artists and children 12 and under.
Art pieces are already on display, and silent bidding will begin the morning of Thursday, April 11th and close at 7:30 PM the evening of the event.
Funds raised from the event will support Wilkes Habitat for Humanity’s local homebuilding program. We hope you’ll join us!
First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro is holding it’s annual chili dinner fundraiser in support of Wilkes Habitat for Humanity this Thursday, March the 7th from 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM in the John T. Wayland Fellowship Hall.
Every year this chili just gets more and more delicious; served with corn on the cob, coleslaw, cornbread muffin, homemade cookies, & all the fixins!. We always love for folks to dine in – take-out orders are available too, for your convenience. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get some good food in support of a good cause.
Tickets are still only $5.00 per plate, and may be purchased at First Baptist Church – 336-838-5197.
This past Saturday, February 9th, Wilkes Habitat wrapped up our six week Big Cheese campaign at The Big Cheese Ball, held at the Wilkes Art Gallery.
We’re very pleased to announce that Mr. Ken Canter of Canter Construction Company was crowned the Big Cheese, having raised $3,150 in support of our affordable housing ministry.
Also in the top three Big Cheese fundraisers were Jean Graf (a Wisconsin native and the competition’s only certifiable “cheesehead”) and Marcia Reynolds (CVS Pharmacy, Fairplains).
In total, our ten contestants raised over $11,500 for Wilkes Habitat for Humanity, making this one of our most successful campaigns in history. We are so grateful for the hard work and energy these folks put into supporting our mission, and for all of the donors who supported Habitat by contributing to these fine folks’ efforts to become The Big Cheese.
Left to right: Isaac Kerns, Marcia Reynolds, Donna Goforth, Ken Canter, Chuck Forester, Andy Stancil, Dennis Huggins, and Jean Graf.