Sunday dinner for 120 serves up $23,000 for Habitat for Humanity Northumberland

Housing construction projects in Northumberland County have received a boost as a result of a recent fundraiser.

Dinner was served on Sunday (April 7) at Habitat for Humanity Northumberland's Restore in Cobourg. The Sunday dinner fundraiser netted $23,000 for Habitat for Humanity Northumberland.

Habitat for Humanity Northumberland transformed the ReStore into a spring courtyard for the occasion. The annual, sold-out affair raises money for Northumberland's build projects.

"The last couple of years I attended the dinner as a guest," said Cathy Borowec, CEO of Habitat Northumberland, in a media release. "This year, I had the pleasure of seeing the work that goes on behind the scenes and what makes this dinner so magical."

"It's truly a team effort to brings this event all together. Everyone in attendance, especially our volunteers and sponsors, were able to connect through a delicious meal, amid the furniture and all the donated goods that are normally on display for sale in our ReStore."

The dinner's 120 guests had cocktails and dinner featuring delights catered by Cobourg's Prep Food Co. in collaboration with the Happy Bee Company. Thirty volunteers helped make the event run smoothly, along with students from Trinity College School who donated their time as servers.

Melissa Morrison, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland's community and fund development coordinator, and Borowec recently shared their comments about the Sunday dinner initiative with kawarthaNOW.

The event was the brainchild of the organization's former CEO, and Habitat for Humanity Northumberland hosted its first Sunday dinner event in 2019.

"We needed to raise money, but we wanted to do something different," said Morrison. "The Sunday ReStore dinner is all about slowing down. It's a time to share and connect with our amazing community through a delicious meal in a warm and inviting atmosphere."

Since its inception, the event has raised a cumulative $55,000 towards build projects. This year's funds were raised through ticket sales, sponsorship, and donations. Additional dollars were raised during the event through a silent auction, and a new game called "Open Doors for Habitat."

A donation of $20 opened one of the 120 doors and revealed a prize valued from $5 to $125. Habitat for Humanity Northumberland also launched a "Sign a Hard Hat" campaign. After making a donation, donors signed a hard hat picture to display in the Cobourg ReStore front windows.

This campaign will run for the month of April, and hats will continue to be displayed in the windows during that time. Money raised from that initiative supports current build projects and all donations of $20 or more will qualify for a charitable tax receipt.

For more information or to make a donation, email mmorrison@habitatnorthumberland.ca or call 289-252-0999 ext. 29.

Founded in 1998, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland is a non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership.

One of 47 local Habitats working in Canada, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland and its volunteers have assisted 65 families in obtaining affordable homeownership and 150 families maintain affordable homeownership.

Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, KawarthaNOW