Pahh To Dedicate 10th New House

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Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 12th house at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The four-bedroom house, located at 2502 W. Bulla Dr., was built in partnership with the seven-member Eric Hilgendorf family. PAHH President Charles Proudfoot will emcee the dedication ceremony.

Parking at the house is very limited. A shuttle service will be available starting at 1:15 p.m. from the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church parking lot, located at the intersection of Airport and McLane roads. Follow the bright green directional signs west from the North Beeline Highway and Airport Road (the Elks Lodge) intersection.

Two significant monetary donations covered most of the construction costs for the Hilgendorf house. The Holbrook Pyle Foundation donated $5,000, and $50,000 in matching funds was donated to the project -- both through the Arizona Community Foundation.

Additionally, more than 75 businesses, organizations and individuals donated funds, materials or labor to help build this house, partnering with the Hilgendorfs and PAHH volunteers.

Tours of the Hilgendorf house will be available at the dedication. Refreshments will be served. PAHH follows an old English tradition of "pounding" -- bringing a pound of something (nonperishable) as a housewarming gift. Suggestions include cans or boxes of food products, household paper products, cleaning supplies and small items for the children (ranging in age from 1 to 8 years). These gifts may be placed in wicker baskets in the living room.

PAHH is observing its 10th anniversary as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International®. PAHH has built 12 houses to date and plans are under way to begin construction on the 13th house in spring 2006.

For more information on PAHH's mission to provide housing to those with low-to-moderate incomes in the Payson area, please contact the PAHH office at (928) 474-0330. The office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon, or visit our website anytime at pahh.inpayson.com (no "www").

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