For over 20 years, the Rotary Clubs of Yadkinville and the Yadkin Valley (Elkin-Jonesville) have supported Habitat homebuilding in the community through their annual charity golf tournament. This year’s event is Thursday at Cedarbrook Country Club.
“Through the years, players and sponsors have contributed an amazing $260,000-plus to building decent, affordable shelter with families in Yadkin and the Tri-County,” said Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Claire Sellars. “Those Habitat houses have become the strong foundation for local families building a better future for themselves and their children. Working side-by-side with Habitat and Habitat homeowners, Rotarians and the golf tournament participants have truly changed lives.”
Rotary President Sam Wagoner (Yadkin Valley Rotary) and Matt Winnicki (Yadkinville) noted that Rotary sponsorships enabled Habitat to complete a record three homes last year. “Two of our new homeowners, Travis and Angela, have spoken to both Rotary Clubs,” said Sellars, “and shared how building and owning their own home will give them, as Travis said, ‘a place to build memories.’”
The newest family to partner with Habitat has just entered the program. Like all Habitat homebuyers, they will attend financial training and help build their own homes alongside volunteers as well as saving for their closing costs. After construction is finished, they will purchase the home and begin paying an affordable mortgage. The funds from their mortgage will then be used to build more Habitat homes. Said Sellars, “With the help of our community, the Rotary Clubs, donors and volunteers, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.”
Anyone interested in playing in the tournament may contact Sellars at [email protected] or 336-526-2277. The tournament features a buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m., door prizes, skill awards and raffles. Cost is $50 per player.
For more information about Habitat and its homeownership program, visit www.uyvhabitat.org or call 336-526-2277.