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Habitat for Humanity has a Ho'Down

By: Margaret Snider Telegraph Correspondent
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Country lovers and rib connoisseurs can enjoy a down-home country-western party at the Ho’Down for Habitat on Saturday, August 21. El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity creates home ownership opportunities for families with limited incomes. The organization is hoping to raise $50,000 with this event and over 80 volunteers are working to help bring this about. Jo Dee Ross, fundraising and events coordinator, said money raised will go toward the “Cameron Park Build”, which is in the works right now. Judges for the BBQ rib showdown will be El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting, Bill Vandegrift, who is on the board of the El Dorado Hills Community Service District as well as the El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity board, Lt. Kevin House of the Sheriff’s Office, a DJ from radio KNCI 105.1, and Bill Glasser, owner of Burke Junction — as well as six certified Kansas City Barbecue Society judges. The event will feature country-western band Crossman Connection, a live auction with Kevin O’Callaghan, simulated bull riding and calf roping, darts, dancing, as well as professionally cooked ribs with all the sides. As a bonus, Nutting will brave the dunk tank. Another important event for the organization is the Poker Tournament, their third annual, scheduled for October. State Assemblyman Ted Gaines said he is impressed with Habitat for Humanity. “I think they do great things,” he said, “for people who are struggling financially and want to own a home.” The church Gaines attends, Bayside Church of Granite Bay, sponsored a home in the past, so he was able to help work on it. “I’m kind of all thumbs,” he said, “but I did what I could. It was neat to work alongside the family and all the volunteers.” The organization partners with the families, said Candice Alexander, executive director. “They have to put in 500 sweat equity hours to actually buy those houses for a reasonable low income market price with no interest,” said Alexander. “They have to pay their insurance, they have to pay their taxes, they have to pay their principal, but there’s no interest. That makes for a really affordable payment.” * * * Ho’Down for Habitat When: 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21 Where: Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane, Cameron Park Information: edchabitat.com