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Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley auction raises record $43K

Carol Blue, of Athens, Ohio, looks at items in the silent auction Friday at the Destination Design charity auction put on by Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Blue has been an active volunteer with Habitat in Athens for 20 years. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

VIENNA — Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley held its annual Destination Design charity auction at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna with proceeds helping to build the next three Habitat homes in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This was the seventh year for the benefit, which drew over 175 people to the event Friday evening.

A record amount, more than $43,000, was raised.

Destination Design offered a variety of things for sale, from home furnishings and decor to destination packages, such as stays at Walt Disney World, the Greenbrier Resort and New York City.

Carol Blue, of Athens, Ohio, was looking at the silent auction items Friday evening. She has been volunteering with Habitat in Athens for about 20 years.

Jane and Steve D’Angelo, of Parkersburg, look at the items and package deals available for auction Friday during Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s seventh annual Destination Design charity auction. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

“The items are exceptional, they’re very nice,” she said, adding it was her first time at the Vienna event although she has attended Habitat auctions in Marietta in the past.

Jane and Steve D’Angelo, of Parkersburg, are Habitat supporters and have been attending the auction for several years.

“I think it’s great,” Jane said of the event. “It’s a great community event.”

“And it’s for a good cause,” Steve agreed.

Robin Stewart, Habitat’s director of resource development, said a new aspect of this year’s Destination Design featured support from the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre, Williamstown and Marietta. As one of the auction items, people could bid on the chance to have dinner with one of the mayors to see which mayor can raise the most money for Habitat.

Auctioneer Dwight Ullman begins asking for bids Friday at the Destination Design charity auction held by Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

“We have a ‘tacky’ trophy that will be available in the (winning mayor’s) city hall with the idea that this is our inaugural year and we will turn it into something we will do annually,” Stewart said.

“Over the years, it has grown as have the number of businesses that are supporting it and the individuals that come year after year,” Stewart said of Destination Design. “It truly has become a signature event for us and really helps us to raise funds to build homes.”

Habitat is breaking ground on three homes this fall, Stewart said. Funds raised at Destination Design will be used to buy materials to help construct the houses, which are getting underway in Williamstown, south Parkersburg and Veto.

“We’re in a really good place right now with three homes starting,” said Alvin Phillips, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We’re looking for property in Marietta or around Marietta for a family that needs to be closer to that area for support. We’re hoping to get that one started after the beginning of the year.”

Phillips said several families are on the list to receive homes and more are going through the process. One of the main challenges Habitat currently faces locally is finding properties to place the homes on, especially in Washington County.

“We always have to keep an eye out for property and then we need to raise money to build the houses,” he said.

Sponsors for the evening included DuPont, WV Central Federal Credit Union, Mister Bee Potato Chips, Doug and Mary Anne Ketelsen, Grand Pointe, Grogg’s Home Services, Byrider, Exit Riverbend Realty, A-1 Heating and Cooling, Bradley Insurance, Erie Insurance, Eye Doctors, WTAP The News Center, Highmark, United Bank, WVU Medicine/Camden Clark Medical Center, Peoples Bank, OneNine Design, Wellspring Tax Service, Charlie Matthews and Carolyn Garrity.

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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