MORRIS – Becoming a homeowner is a dream for many people. For Jose and Margarita Gonzalez and their two daughters, that dream is soon to be a reality.
The Gonzalez family is the 11th partner family for Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Their home on the 900 block of North Street in Morris will begin construction with a groundbreaking scheduled for May 29.
“Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization which constructs simple, decent homes for families who are unable to qualify for a conventional home loan,” according a news release from the organization. “Partner families, as they are called, work alongside volunteers to build the home. Homes are sold with a down payment and affordable no-interest mortgage.”
The families put in 400 hours of sweat equity, typically by working on their home or on another Habitat home.
As a way to raise funds for the Habitat homes, including the Gonzalezes, an annual golf outing is held, typically in July, but this year the local Habitat for Humanity will host the 11th annual Randy Hancock Memorial Golf Outing on May 16 at Morris Country Club. The golf outing is named after the Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat founder.
“The golf outing is by far the largest fundraiser for us,” said Kevin Brown, fundraising committee chairman. “The Morris Country Club has allowed us to move the event to May on a Friday afternoon so we can include a dinner with the event.”
He said this will allow spouses and others who may not be interested in golf to join in the fundraising efforts by attending just the dinner.
“The problem we ran into was golf would be done at one or two in the afternoon and spouses weren’t able to come to lunch,” he said.
The event will start off with a golf scramble starting at 1:30 p.m., followed by a steak dinner, cocktails, music and auctions in the tent at 5:30 p.m.
Joining Brown on the golf outing committee are: Amanda Anderson of First Midwest Bank; JC Lawson of Cortina, Mueller and Frobish; Rob Martin of Buchanan, Martin & Associates; and Scott Shannon of Standard Bank, according to the news release.
Golf registration is from noon until 1 p.m. The $125 registration fee includes bag drop, cart, driving range, dinner and drink tickets. A foursome is $500. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at $40 a person or $75 a couple and include one drink ticket a person. Table sponsorship for eight dinner guests are available for $350. Beverage cart and hole sponsorships also are available.
For information, contact Kevin Brown at 815-325-2030 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are available at www.grundy3rivershabitat.org.