Individual tickets available for Habitat roast

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The Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity Roast at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 honoring Douglas Searcy, president of Barton College, and his wife, Beth, is now open for those who wish to purchase individual tickets. 

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 252-291-0816 or by emailing director@wilsonhabitat.org.

“The roast will not only be an opportunity to thank Dr. and Mrs. Searcy, who have contributed so very much to Wilson in their relatively short time here, but also a celebration of the housing ministry that helps so many families both locally and through Habitat’s international program,” said Elisabeth Farnsworth, Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity executive director.

This year’s emcee, Frank Eagles, will lead the program with several couples jointly roasting the honored couple, which is a fun new twist to the event that has become a tradition in the community, Farnsworth said. 

Even though tickets are now available for individuals, there are still several tables for local businesses and organizations to sponsor at $1,000 each. Current table sponsors include Barton College, Greenlight, First Citizens Bank, Alliance One, All-American Kiwanis, Linda and Neill Connor, Thomas and Mary Piggott, Donald and Brenda Evans, the Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity board and signature partner BB&T.   

“The roast has become a great way for our community to show support for what we do, and we are so thankful for the many businesses and people who commit with us to build homes, communities and hope,” Farnsworth said. “By making homeownership possible for deserving families, we are working together to improve lives in a way that spans generations.” 

Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabs or repairs houses for low-income families who cannot obtain a conventional mortgage or cannot maintain their homes. Habitat makes no profit and charges no interest on its mortgages. For more information about Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity and how to get involved, see www.wilsonhabitat.org, email director@wilsonhabitat.org call 252-291-0816.