Home Grown Habitat Fundraiser Raises More than $30,000

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A dinner for the ages turned into a massive donation for a Habitat for Humanity house that will be sold to a widowed father of six.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg received a donation of $31,525.69, which is 100% of the proceeds from a community dinner, Home Grown, presented by Williamsburg’s acclaimed Amber Ox Public House.

Owners Chris Cook and Andrew Voss brought their kitchen to Reckon Acres, their Charles City County working farm, on Oct. 11 for a unique dinner-in-the-pasture experience that was earmarked to support the House That Small Business Built.

One hundred percent of the ticket sales from the Home Grown dinner were donated to Habitat.

The charity dinner was the largest fundraiser on behalf of the House That Small Business Built, that upon completion in spring 2024, will be sold with a zero-interest mortgage to a widowed father of six who lost his wife to cancer in 2020. The $125,000 price tag to build the house has been funded incrementally through donations by local small businesses. Habitat’s marketing firm, Consociate Media, donated the initial $10,000 in December 2021, and has spearheaded the fundraising for the project.

“We can’t thank these generous businesses enough,” said Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula & Greater Williamsburg. “We at Habitat are grateful to them and every single person who bought a ticket. It was a night of inspiration, connection and pure magic. This event truly showed how when a community comes together, we can build homes and hope.”