UNION — One of the winners of a Gingerbread House contest sponsored by a local church was also voted the “People’s Choice” during a three-day fundraiser that raised more than $1,600 for a group that provides meals for the elderly and another group that provides housing improvements for the needy.
The Episcopal Church of the Nativity sponsored a Gingerbread House contest this past week, giving adults, young people, and children the opportunity to express their creativity using gingerbread. Judging took place early last week and on Wednesday the winners were announced during a ceremony in the church’s Parrish Hall where the entries were on display.
The entries remained on display for the duration of a fundraising event held in the Parrish Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The fundraiser, which included the sale of baked goods and crafts, was on behalf of Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to the baked goods and crafts sales, the fundraiser also included a “People’s Choice” contest where persons attending the fundraiser paid a $1 admission fee for the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry in the Gingerbread House contest. The funds generated by the “People’s Choice” admission fee were also part of the funds raised for Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.
The Gingerbread House contest and the fundraiser was organized by the Episcopal Church Women Committee and committee member Caroline Barger said Monday that, like the contest itself, the fundraiser was a success.
“It went very well, we were very pleased,” Barger said. “We brought in over $1,600 and more was coming in this morning. We’re very grateful to the whole community for their support.”
Barger said that the winner of the “People’s Choice” contest was “Santa Express” which was made by Katie, Addy, Sara Grace, and Mason Haney and also won 1st place in the Children Category of the Gingerbread House contest.
Meals on Wheels delivers meals to senior citizens in Union and Buffalo while Habitat for Humanity provides household repairs for low-income families and individuals.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.