Destination Design earns $5K for Habitat

PARKERSBURG – The inaugural Destination Design fundraiser for Wood County Habitat for Humanity raised several thousand dollars for the organization.

“Things went well and we did more than break even, which we are very happy with,” said Alvin Phillips, executive director of the organization.

The first-time event collected more than $11,000 without taking out the expenses Habitat had for the event.

“With the expenses taken out, we probably made about $5,000 on the Destination Design,” Phillips said. “It was a wonderful night and event and we are thankful for everyone who supported it and Habitat.”

The event was held Thursday evening at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna with more than 200 people in attendance.

The program included 48 items donated by more than two dozen individuals and businesses for the auction as well as “vignette” displays with furnishings and decor.

The event featured a bed and breakfast theme with heavy hors d’oeuvres that included pancake-wrapped sausages and scones.

Phillips said he and others with Habitat hoped the event would raise $10,000, but knew it would be difficult since it was the first year.

“We are pleased, especially since this was the first time we held this fundraiser,” he said.

All proceeds will be used to meet the mission of Habitat: to build decent, affordable housing with those in need who are willing to partner.

Phillips said the organization will likely get another $500 from the sale of a donated item and the generosity of a man at the auction on Thursday.

“One of the neat things about the night is the very last item up for auction was a patio set donated by Home Depot, which sold for more than $600,” he said. “After the auction, the man who won the furniture asked that we keep the patio set and sell it in our ReStore, which is really nice of him.”

With the first year for the event having been a success, Phillips said organizers are already looking forward to next year.

“We are looking at things we did well with it and things we can add and we look forward to doing it again,” he said.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that builds or renovates houses with lower-income families who are living in substandard housing. After being approved, a family works “sweat equity” hours for months, helping with other homes, at the Habitat office and in other ways.

Habitat has built 64 houses in Parkersburg and Wood County.