June 22, 2018
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Doris Buffett to speak at Habitat fundraiser in Rockport

ROCKPORT — Midcoast Habitat for Humanity is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to community support from businesses, organizations and individuals. This year marks the first year Midcoast Habitat is building year-round, with two houses this year. The first Women Build program is under way, with more than 175 women registered to volunteer this month, and the first Midcoast ReStore is scheduled to open in August.

Midcoast Habitat will host its first Playhouse Auction and Backyard Barbecue fundraiser Saturday, May 28, to support the growth of the organization. The fundraiser’s guest of honor will be Doris Buffet, the founder of The Sunshine Lady Foundation, whose mission is to invest in organizations and programs dedicated to providing opportunities for the advancement of education, well-being and new life choices for disadvantaged people with special empathy for the working poor and families in crisis. During the early planning stages of Midcoast Habitat’s first Women Build, Buffett made a donation of $25,000 to Midcoast Habitat for Humanity in support of the second home to be built this year and for the Women Build program.

The Playhouse Auction and Backyard Barbecue will be held 4-7 p.m. at the former Rockport Elementary School field at the corner of Route 90 and Route 1 in Rockport. The event will showcase 12 custom-made children’s playhouses up for live auction beginning at 6 p.m. Ten of the 12 playhouses have been constructed with funds and materials donated by local businesses, one is an indoor playhouse donated by Cedar Works, and one is a hobbit-house style playhouse donated by Wooden Wonders. A few of the playhouse structures are suitable for use as  gardening sheds.

Bruce Gamage will serve as auctioneer at the event. Call-in bidding may be arranged for individuals who cannot attend in person. Proceeds from the playhouse auction will benefit Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. Playhouses are on display throughout the area for viewing before the day of the auction. For playhouse display locations, visit www.midcoasthabitat.org.

In addition to the playhouse auction, the event will offer entertainment for the whole family. The Teachers will play live music 4-6 p.m. Organized children’s activities will be going on during the event. Barbecue-style food and drinks will be available for purchase. There is no entrance fee to view or bid on the playhouses, enjoy the music, and participate in children’s activities. For more information, contact Midcoast Habitat at 594-1859 or info@midcoasthabitat.org.

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