Tri-Village News

All-singing, all-dancing event helps build homes


The fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity being hosted next month by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will offer a great double feature: dinner and a show.

"Habitat for Humanity Extravaganza: A Night of Stage, Screen and Celebrity Cuisine" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the church, 2001 Northwest Blvd.

"This is the second year we've held this event and we decided it would be fun this year to have a Broadway/Hollywood theme," said Benton Ross, chairman of the event.

Community members are invited to participate in the event by performing a song, dance or scene from a famous Broadway show or Hollywood movie, he said.

Signup sheets are available at the church or interested performers can email Ross via the website

"It should a lot of fun to see what songs or scenes people choose," Ross said. "You never know what you're going to see."

Prior to the show, a main-course dinner provided by a number of local restaurants will be served.

The list of participating restaurants still is being finalized, but last year's event included dishes prepared by Z Cucina, Lindey's, City Barbeque, Figlio and MCL. Other eateries are expected to be added this year, Ross said.

Suggested admission for the extravaganza is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

"It's a fundraiser, so people are welcome to donate even more if they wish," Ross said.

Northwest Partners has been building Habitat homes for 25 years, he said.

"We do one house a year and it generally takes us about four months or so to complete a house," Ross said.

"That day when we hand over the keys to the family for their new house -- it never gets old," he said.

Volunteers from northwest-area churches also help to repair several other existing homes each year, Ross said.

Work is nearly completed on Northwest Partners' latest house. The dedication ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 15. The home is located at 283 S. Eureka St. in Columbus.

Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio will hold dedication ceremonies the same day at two other homes built on Eureka Street, Ross said.

"It's going to be a big day on Eureka Street," he said.