City of Hattiesburg officials, University of Southern Mississippi representatives and other community leaders will be on hand Thursday, Feb. 4 for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity’s official groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of a new home for Melissa Carpenter.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Celeste Place Subdivision at 1741 Edwards Street in Hattiesburg. Carpenter serves as a secretary in the Student Activities Office at The University of Southern Mississippi and also volunteers much of her free time to several non-profit organizations throughout the Hattiesburg area.
“I am just so excited,” said Carpenter, who will be on hand to speak at Thursday’s groundbreaking. “I think it’s awesome that both of the universities in Hattiesburg are pulling together to make my dream of owning a home a reality.”
Continued sponsorship by Southern Miss, William Carey University and St. Thomas Aquinas Church is helping make construction of Carpenter’s home possible. The construction will begin in earnest on March 5 and continue for four weekends. Habitat homes are built by volunteers and partner families from the community and sold at no profit with no-interest loans. The mortgage payments made by homeowners are used to construct more houses.
To defray construction costs for Carpenter’s home, a basketball fundraiser is planned for 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 at Clinton Gymnasium on the campus of William Carey University. The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will take on the Habitat Hoopsters in a basketball exhibition filled with slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling and comedic routines.
Advance tickets to the basketball fundraiser for students and seniors are $7 and $9 for general admission. Day-of-the-game tickets for students and seniors will be $8 and $10 for general admission. All children age 4 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at all Citizens Bank location, the Student Activities Hub at Southern Miss and the Habitat for Humanity office on Highway 42 in Hattiesburg. For more information call 601-266-6467 or 601-582-4663.
Anyone who can’t attend the game, but wishes to make a donation can come by the Student Activities Hub from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or call 601-266-4403.
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