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Beautiful Music Raises Money for Habitat Homes

Beautiful Music Raises Money for Habitat Homes

January 25, 2014

Members of St. Michael's Episcopal Church Choir of Independence performed at the 14th Annual Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity Concert last year
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By Debbie Van Pelt

The 15th annual Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity Concert will be held at 7 p.m. this Sunday, January 26 at Beacon Heights Community of Christ Church, 19402 Holke Road in Independence. 

The popular fundraising concert is actually produced by St. Michael;s Episcopal Church, located at Lee's Summit Road & I-70 in Independence, but was moved to the Beacon Heights facility five years ago to accommodate larger crowds. 

There is not an admission fee; but free-will donations will be collected at the event to benefit the local Habitat for Humanity organization.

At least six Independence churches from three different denominations will participate. Several vocal choirs will perform. 

There will also be a hand bell choir, a trumpet quartet and a flute ensemble. The program should last approximately 90 minutes, ending at 8:30, followed by a reception with free cookies and punch. Child care will be provided during the concert, making the music more enjoyable for adults.

Needs are high for affordable housing. The Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity receives more than 200 inquiries about every home they build, and typically 100 of those inquiring could qualify for a Habitat home if more homes were available.

Pat Turner, Executive Director for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity said one of the biggest myths is that the homes are given away. In reality, Turner said, each family is required to contribute 350 hours of "sweat equity", make a down payment and then purchase their home at "cost" with 0% interest. Every house that Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity builds is 5-Star Energy rated, keeping utility costs down for needy families. TH Habitat has built nearly 70 homes in eastern Jackson County.

The ecumenical concert is one of the largest third-party fundraising events each year for Truman Heritage Habitat, raising more than $2,100 in a 2-hour evening each of the past few years.

Organizers ask concert-goers to think in terms of donating $80 for a window, $40 for a box of roof shingles or $15 for a box of nails. Donations of any amount will be appreciated, and all donations to Habitat are tax-deductible.

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