By Johnny Jackson
On Tuesday, supporters of the Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity swung their golfclubs in an effort to support the organization's next local, home-building project.
Jerry Pate - U. S. Open winner, Players Champion, and winner of the prestigious Ryder, Eisenhower and Walker cups - was the honored guest at Habitat's first charity tournament, held at Eagle's Brooke Country Club in Locust Grove.
Pate took tee shots and photographs with golfers to be personalized and autographed.
Tournament participants were from Henry, Clayton, and Fayette counties, but the proceeds of this tournament are directed specifically to getting a Henry County build off the ground by this summer.
The home will be built off of Elm Street in Hampton, on land donated by Dennis Duncan, of 3-D Construction.
"We are well on our way to making that home a reality, despite not having broken ground," said Cara Welch, chief development officer of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.
The walls for the home have already been constructed by local churches - including McDonough Christian, Bethany Baptist, Locust Grove Methodist and McDonough First Baptist - in conjunction with CrossRoads Missions from Kentucky.
The roofing-package financing has also been donated by McDonough Christian. Nail Heating and Air, a sponsor of the tournament, will donate the HVAC system and installation. Snapping Shoals Electric's Operation Round-up program will donate $5,000 to the build. Welch said a supporter has also offered to donate all of the cabinets to the house.
The tournament was also sponsored by Strong Rock Christian School. The Strong Rock holding company has donated all of the necessary wetlands mitigation credits to allow construction to proceed on the Hampton property. Other sponsors include: Smith, Welch and Brittain, Attorneys at Law; Saturn of Southlake; Farmhouse Catering; and Truett's Grill.
"The family who will receive this house is exceptional," Welch said.
The family is a married couple with a blended family of five children, all under age seven.
"They have been approved by the [Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity] Board and have already begun to complete the required sweat equity."