By SHERI GASSAWAY
Bake sales and good old-fashioned leg work. That’s how the UAW 2250 Women’s Committee raised $18,000 for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.
The group was responsible for the charity’s silent auction at this year’s Celebration of the Trees gala, which was held recently at Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa. The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
SWEET TREATS RAISED CASH
The silent auction was a project the Women’s Committee worked on all year, said Becky Schieffer, the committee’s chairwoman. Each month the group held a bake sale at the GM Plant in Wentzville.
“We raised $8,000 from our bakes sales throughout the year,” she said. “Between that and donations from businesses in the community, we were able to put together about 100 gift baskets for the silent auction.”
In addition to securing the items and creating the festive gift baskets, the committee set up and ran the silent auction for the organization. It also made a monetary donation.
A WELL DESERVED ACCOLADE
And its efforts did not go unnoticed. On behalf of UAW Local 2250, the Women’s Committee was presented with the organization’s prestigious Golden Hammer Award. The honor is given to an individual or group who has provided significant support to the organization over an extended period of time.
“It was the Women’s Committee’s second year helping with the silent auction,” said Lauren Grotegeers, the group’s resource development and volunteer coordinator. “They contributed far more than anyone would have imagined, and we truly appreciate their hard work.”
In total, the gala raised $80,000 for the organization, which will be used to build new homes 2016.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY
Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County has been active within the community since 1996 and has built 72 houses. It is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to constructing decent, affordable homes in St. Charles County in partnership with hard-working, low-income families.
For more information on the group, call 636-978-5712 or visit its website at habitatstcharles.org.