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Lake Norman’s best cheesecake adds up to funds for housing

Rowboat Dock & Dredge, led by chef Greg Harrison, took the dessert crown on behalf of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity at the second annual “Lake Norman Men That Cook” event, with his now (locally at least) famous turtle cheesecake. Greg’s skills in the kitchen also raised $2,100 to support Our Towns Habitat’s affordable housing programs.

The event, organized by Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club, attracted nearly 600 people and raised $25,000 to support 17 local nonprofit organizations. Local businesses fielded all-male cooking teams to prepare and serve samples of their signature dishes in a friendly competition, on behalf of the team’s chosen organization. Votes for the best dishes added up to dollars for the designated nonprofit.

Rowboat Dock & Dredge won both the judge’s and people’s choice votes for the dessert category, and came in second overall.

Greg has been cooking for more than 20 years, a skill he first learned from his mom.

“She wasn’t going to put any of her sons out into the world without us knowing how to cook, clean, iron and basically take care of ourselves,” Greg said.

He said he always likes to try cooking new things and experimenting–in fact, his cheesecake was a new recipe. “You can kind of cook how you feel, and to your taste,” he said.

Greg had his family on hand to help him serve his tasty treat, including sons Darius, 15, Isaiah, 13, his daughter Jenae, 2, and wife Melody.

‘Men That Cook” event to benefit Our Towns Habitat, other local nonprofits

The grills are fired up, the stew pots are out and the mixers stand at the ready–all sure signs that the second annual Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club’s  Lake Norman Men That Cook event is just around the corner. Our sweet tooth is already kicking in, and we can’t way to try the cheesecake Rowboat Dock and Dredge is cooking up to support Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

Here’s how this fun and delicious event works–your ticket ($10 in advance) lets you sample some of the best home cooking that Lake Norman area men have to offer. Then vote for your favorite dish to support that nonprofit (Our Towns Habitat and Rowboat Dock and Dredge, of course!).

Cooking on behalf of Rowboat Dock & Dredge will be Greg Harrison, project manager, assisted by business owner and longtime Habitat supporter Bob Wilson. Bob directed Jimmy Carter Work Projects for Habitat for Humanity International in the 1980s, helping raise awareness of Habitat’s global work. He is currently a member of Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina and a former member of Our Towns Habitat’s board.

If your mouth, like ours, is already watering, we hope you’ll come out and join us–and don’t forget to vote for cheesecake!

Here are the event details you’ll need:

Lake Norman Men That Cook

March 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Historic Langtree Plantation
554 Langtree Road
Mooresville, NC 28117

Tickets are $10 in advance, and are available online or in person at our office and the Cornelius and Mooresville Habitat ReStores. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $15 (or $10 with a church bulletin).

Even Santa knows affordable housing matters

We all know that Santa keeps a very busy schedule this time of year. But that didn’t stop him from taking some time out to have breakfast with local families and support Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing mission.

Every year, Birkdale Village and Red Rocks Cafe generously host a “Breakfast with Santa” event as a fundraising benefit for our affordable housing programs. Boys and girls on Santa’s Nice list come out with their parents and grandparents to enjoy a buffet breakfast, while getting to meet Santa. This year, Santa brought along two of his elves, who entertained everyone by juggling and making balloon animals.

Photos from the event available for download on the Birkdale Village Facebook page.

Tickets for Breakfast with Santa go on sale every year near the end of October/early November. Only two seatings are offered, so space is limited. To be added to the email notification list when tickets go on sale next year, please email us.

The Annual Breakfast with Santa breakfast that took place this past Saturday was a big hit. Thank you to all who came out to support Habitat for Humanity and of course, to see Santa.

Birkdale Village 发布于 2018年12月10日周一

Builder’s Bash Photo Gallery

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Builder’s Bash Photo Gallery

Our first Builder’s Bash turned out to be an amazing night, full of great friends, food and fun, all in support of affordable housing.

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Inaugural Builders Bash raises $75K to build new affordable homes

It’s a wrap! The inaugural Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Builder’s Bash September 8 was a big success.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, guests and donors, we raised more than $75,000 to help fund a new home in the greater Lake Norman area.  A silent auction kept folks busy bidding throughout the night, and an energetic live auction and opportunity to fund the need for affordable housing gave everyone the chance to make a difference for families in our community.

Thanks to their commitment to the principles of Habitat and their gifts of time and treasures over many years, Paul and Judy Leonard were presented with the Our Towns Habitat’s Founder’s Award.

Right now, Our Towns Habitat has more than 30 families in our homeownership program, taking classes, earning sweat equity hours, and waiting for the opportunity to buy a home with a mortgage they can afford.  Funds raised at the Builder’s Bash will help those families move one step closer to having a home of their own.

If you weren’t able to join us Saturday, please take a moment to watch this video featuring three Our Towns Habitat homeowners and their journeys to homeownership. It takes just a few minutes to make a secure online donation to help the families on our waiting list. Thanks to everyone who supported the Builder’s Bash and our efforts every day to ensure everyone has a decent place to live!

Builder’s Chic–the newest fashion trend!

Forget flipping the pages of Vogue to see what’s hot–we’ve got the latest “builder’s chic” looks right here! What is “builder’s chic,” you ask? It’s the fashion trend you don’t want to miss–the only style that helps build affordable homes, and the preferred attire for the 2018 inaugural Builder’s Bash! Pair your favorite party duds with construction-inspired accessories, and you are runway ready! To help you plan your own builder’s chic outfit, check out these options, modeled by our very own Homeowner Services fashionistas and our oh-so-dapper Construction team. Special thanks to FlairTrade Consign and Hampton’s Men’s Clothing for styling our models!

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Crosland partners with Our Towns Habitat to present Builder’s Bash

Charlotte-based real estate company Crosland is helping create affordable housing solutions in the greater Lake Norman area by partnering with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity to present the inaugural Builder’s Bash gala fundraiser Saturday, September 8.

The Builder’s Bash, “the only party that builds a home,” seeks to raise enough money to fully fund at least one new Habitat home. Tickets are on sale now at, at $100 per person. Those unable to attend may make a donation or register to bid through a mobile platform on the event website.

Presenting sponsor, Crosland, is uniquely tied to Habitat for Humanity and its mission, having supported Habitat’s affordable housing efforts in the Charlotte area since 1983. The company’s former president and current board chairman, Paul Leonard, will be recognized along with his wife Judy during the event for their more than 30-year commitment to Habitat. The Leonards will be honored with Our Towns Habitat’s “Founder’s Award” at the Bash.

Paul and Judy Leonard have both served in various leadership roles at the Our Towns Habitat and Charlotte Habitat affiliates and have volunteered on Habitat builds across the globe. Paul has served on the Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) board of directors, U.S. Council and as interim HFHI CEO from 2004 to 2005.

The Builder’s Bash offers a festive cocktail party event, with a live and silent auction to raise money for new home construction. Guests will have the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts about the power of homeownership from Habitat homeowners.

“We believe that a house is more than four walls and a roof,” said Our Towns Habitat CEO Chris Ahearn. “It is a foundation that helps families build a stable financial future in a safe, decent home. The result is often more educational and economic opportunities and better health. We are committed to increasing our impact by helping more families realize their dream of homeownership.”

Within Our Towns’ service area of northern Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, three of every 10 households are living in housing they cannot afford, forcing families to make hard choices between rent and transportation, food and health care.

Through Our Towns Habitat’s homeownership program, greater Lake Norman area residents partner with Habitat to build their own home alongside volunteers, then pay a mortgage they can afford. Homeowners also invest 400 or more “sweat equity” hours working on their own home and other Habitat homes, completing homeowner education courses, and volunteering in Habitat ReStores.

Built on a model of partnership, Our Towns Habitat hopes that the Builder’s Bash will be an opportunity for community members to come together to support affordable housing.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Builder’s Bash are still available. For more information, visit or contact Director of Development Sarah Gray at 704-896-8957, ext. 103.

Mooresville attorney cooking up a storm for Habitat

Mooresville attorney Ben Thomas will don his apron and chef’s hat this Sunday to support affordable housing in the Lake Norman area. Thomas is competing in the “Lake Norman Men That Cook” event to raise funds for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

He will be cooking up his signature crawfish étouffée—a dish he perfected during his law school days at Louisiana State University. Thomas and his sous chef, Mike Godley, will compete with more than a dozen other teams, all vying to be named King of the Grill.

This fundraising event is organized by the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club to benefit more than 30 different nonprofit organizations. Event attendees vote for the dish of their choice with their ticket, and proceeds from that ticket benefit the team’s chosen nonprofit.

Thomas chose Our Towns Habitat because it is a cause near and dear to his family—he and his wife Angela actually met through a Habitat volunteer meeting. Watching families open the doors to a new home they helped build is an unforgettable experience, Thomas says.

Thomas and his law partners at Thomas, Godley & Grimes are thrilled to be sponsoring their first Habitat home this summer. Construction for the home begins in Mooresville this June.

The event will take place noon-3 p.m. March 25 at Langtree Plantation in Mooresville. Advance tickets for Lake Norman Men That Cook are $10. Visit the Lake Norman Men That Cook website for more information.

Interested in Volunteering? Join Us for an Open House

As part of our celebration of #GivingTuesday, a global movement of giving and service, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is hosting a series of volunteer open house events Tuesday, Nov. 28.

These events offer anyone who is curious about volunteering with Habitat–whether on the build site or in our ReStores–a chance to learn about what to expect when you volunteer, meet Habitat staff and fellow volunteers, see some “behind-the-scenes” volunteer action, and ask any and all questions you might have.

Open house events will take place at our Burke Crossings neighborhood in Mooresville for construction volunteers, and at our Cornelius and Mooresville ReStores. While our Statesville ReStore is not yet open, we will offer an information meeting at First Presbyterian Church for those interested in volunteering there. Use the links below for more information.

Open House Event Information

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Breakfast with Santa Event Cancelled

Birkdale Village and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity regret to announce that this year’s Breakfast with Santa, held annually at Red Rocks Café, has been cancelled. Several months ago, Red Rocks was damaged by a fire in their kitchen. While they have been working diligently to reopen, it will not happen in time to hold the breakfast.

Other options were considered for this year’s event but the event size and logistics, along with the short time frame, did not allow for alternate plans. In lieu of the funds raised at the event, Birkdale Village is donating $3,000 to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity for its affordable housing programs.

Birkdale Village also encourages those who were thinking of attending this year’s event, or who just want to help this worthy organization, to donate as well. With public support, we are hopeful to exceed the amount raised at last year’s event, through direct donations to Our Towns Habitat.

Donations can be made by online or by sending a check to Our Towns Habitat, PO Box 1088, Davidson, NC 28031. Please write “Santa” on the memo line or in the comments field for online gifts.

There are still plenty of opportunities to visit Santa during the Holiday Season at Birkdale Village. For a complete schedule, visit

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