The third annual Habitat for Humanity Driving to Build golf tournament is right around the corner. The tournament, presented by QVC, is an effort by both Habitat and QVC to raise money for ongoing home construction.
"QVC is hoping to raise enough money to build one house, which is $75,000," said Director of Marketing for Habitat for Humanity, Jennifer Wilson. "Half of the money from the tournament will go to the women build house and the other half goes to the house in West Chester."
According to Wilson, QVC is doing most of the sponsorship and already have nearly $63,000 committed. The golf tournament will be held May 15 at Whitford Country Club in Exton.
"We are still looking for golfers," Wilson said. "QVC has gone nuts with the giveaways this year."
There will be two different flights for golfers participating in the tournament, with the first starting at 8 a.m. with a shotgun (scramble) start and will also include a cook-out lunch at the finish. The second flight begins at 1 p.m. with the shotgun start. Each golfer is invited to attend dinner at Whitford Country Club with awards, raffle, and an open bar at 6 p.m.
In order to golf, it will cost $225 per person, which is all-inclusive or $800 for a foursome. There are also different sponsorship opportunities, including an Ace sponsor, Eagle sponsor, Birdie sponsor, Breakfast sponsor, cook-out sponsor, dinner sponsor, beverage cart sponsor, hole-in-one sponsor, beverage station sponsor and a hole sponsor. Each sponsorship varies in price and location.
Currently, HfHCC is working on building homes on 22 lots located where the Oak Street projects once stood in Coatesville.
"We were given 22 lots, have already finished seven and are working on four right now," Wilson said. "The Women Build will be starting in April."
HfHCC received the land from the Housing Authority of Chester County, who received a grant from the state.
In order for someone to qualify for an HfHCC home, they must meet three criteria: must have a need, are in a bad living situation; must have the ability to pay, they go through financial background checks; and they must have a willingness to partner with Habitat.
"You have to work 200 hours to help build your home," Wilson said. "It's a hand up rather than a hand-out, it's not a giveaway."