Gibsons BC – Saturday August 6, 2010

Event photos courtesy of Duane Burnett Photography can be viewed at Habitat Hoedown photos.

The toe-tapping tunes of the Billy Hillpickers and an abundant Southwestern BBQ served up by Chef Spencer Watts drew a colorful and enthusiastic crowd to the Gibsons bluff last Saturday night. The first annual “Habitat Hoedown” was a fundraiser to remember with a sell-out crowd representing some of the Coast’s most passionate community supporters.

Habitat Chair Gwen Hawkins and husband Ed sported fetching smiles and dusted off their cowboy boots to welcome long-standing supporters and new friends. Artist Todd Clark and Carol Marlowe came in the full spirit of the event as Buck and Daisy Mae, winning the prize for best costume. Sandy Cliffe, Gibsons Bottling Depot, and co-worker Angel were also in full Appalachian spirit and the fortunate winners of the Delta Whistler Suites grand prize which included horseback riding, spa services and dinner at Hy’s Whistler.

Gibsons Mayor Barry Janyk’s message of appreciation for Habitat’s commendable efforts toward affordable housing was read by Councilor Wayne Rowe, and special guests from Industrial Alliance were proud to witness overflowing appreciation for their sponsorship.

Habitat is looking forward to the completion of the first of seven duplexes by year-end, providing more homes for Sunshine Coast families. “Habitat Hoedown” hosts Ron and Deborah Pepper are extending a whole-hearted thank you to everyone who contributed to the more than $7,000 raised for Habitat families.