Inaugural Habitat gala a success

Mandy Eirich with her nephew Kaleb (centre) after her speech Habitat for Humanity’s inaugural spring gala on March 18, 2017. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

The non-profit organization plans to start building two houses in Moose Jaw this year

Seeing the Jubilee A room at the Heritage Inn filled with supporters at Habitat for Humanity’s inaugural spring gala moved Mandy Eirich almost to tears.

“Two years ago, I could not even imagine what it would be like to own my own home,” said Eirich, who received the keys to her first home, and Habitat for Humanity’s sixth home in Moose Jaw, on Nov. 15, 2016. She also works at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.

“So many people would tell me how much I deserved this and that was hard for me to accept because there are so many people who deserve this, who deserve to own their own home but this was my time and now two more families will be blessed with this amazing gift.”

Mandy Eirich, Habitat homeowner, with her boyfriend, Mike Peters, at Habitat for Humanity’s inaugural spring gala at the Heritage Inn on March 18, 2017. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

Habitat for Humanity hosted their first annual spring gala Saturday night to raise funds to help Habitat build two homes in Moose Jaw this year.

The response from Saturday’s gala put a big smile on the face of Bill Harris, chairperson of Habitat for Humanity’s Moose Jaw chapter.

“We have tremendous satisfaction for what this first one is poised to do for us, for the organization, but we just think we can do bigger and better,” he said. “We have had a really, really good response by the people in and around Moose Jaw.”

Local band The Uncoolas perform at Habitat for Humanity’s inaugural spring gala at the Heritage Inn on March 18, 2017. Lisa Goudy/Times-Herald

The process for building two houses in Moose Jaw in 2017, a first for Habitat for Humanity Moose Jaw since it began in the city in 2008, is already underway. Harris said there are two lots available for Habitat on the east side of Moose Jaw.

Lots, however, cost money and in order to build the two homes, Habitat needs to raise $225,000. Saturday’s gala raised approximately $14,000.

For more on this, see the March 21, 2017 print or online edition of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.