In April of this year Elizabeth Laurence of Rockport and Virginia Walck of Camden, set off to volunteer in the ongoing recovery process from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. They were participating in the rotating crews of workers organized by the local Habitat for Humanity.
The experience has inspired them to raise funds to enable the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity group to obtain land for new homes. The event will be a benefit auction which will take place at Peter Ott’s in Camden.
Here is a copy of the press release:
JUNE 8, 2006
MIDCOAST COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO HOST FUNDRAISER
FOR HURRICANE KATRINA SURVIVORS
CONTACT:Virginia Walck: (207)-233-0546
Elizabeth Laurence: (207)-504-6617
WHAT: A Benefit for the New Orleans Chapter of Habitat for Humanity
WHO: Virginia Walck and Elizabeth Laurence
WHEN: Sunday, June 25, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Peter Ott’s
16 Bayview St.
Camden, ME 04843
WHY: To raise funds for acquiring property for hurricane survivors. Habitat’s goal is to “build safe, decent, affordable housing for low-income families” affected by last years Hurricanes.
Camden resident Virginia Walck and Rockport resident Elizabeth Laurence recently returned from volunteering with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity in St. Bernard Parish. According to St. Bernard Parish Government, none of the 27,000 houses in St. Bernard were habitable following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Few residents had home insurance, and only 10,000 of 67,000 residents have been able to return to their homes.
“It was overwhelming to see the devastation in St. Bernard, even eight months after the hurricanes,” they said. “There were still boats in trees, and cars overturned in people’s yards. But there is very little activity around cleaning up and moving forward because there are relatively little or few financial resources available to this devastated community.”
After seeing first hand the financial support needed to demolish and rebuild houses, Walck and Laurence returned from St. Bernard Parish committed to continue their relief efforts from the midcoast area.
Walck and Laurence teamed up with Keith and Carolyn May, the owners of Peter Ott’s and Elbert Smith, The chef, to host a Benefit Auction for the New Orleans Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The event will include both a silent and live auction, live music by Stefan Lowe, and light fare and beverages. The suggested donation for admission is $20.
“We are thrilled to host this event to raise money and awareness of the needs of Hurricane Katrina survivors,” said Keith May. “Elbert Smith, the Chef at Peter Ott’s, left New Orleans with his family after the storm and relocated to Camden. We hope that our community will come out to this event, have some fun and help us do what we can for some folks in New Orleans that would appreciate the support.”