More than 100 people gathered at Ashburn Presbyterian Church to help the congregation raise money for Loudoun Habitat for Humanity Saturday night. Members of both the church and the community at large were there to support the Loudoun chapter's efforts to rebuild houses in East Biloxi, Miss.
"It's really amazing," said organizer Mike Clark. "The turnout was more than I expected. People really want to help out."
The evening began with an authentic Cajun feast and ended with a rousing pie auction. The pie auction featured pies donated by county School Board members, county Fire Chief Joseph Pozzo and several county Supervisors, including Supervisor Lori Waters (R-Broad Run) who attended the event and bid $110 to take home a cherry pie. The largest bid came at the end of the night when Carolyn Green, the wife of Loudoun Habitat for Humanity president Bud Green, bid $125 for a sour apple pie. In total the fund-raiser brought in more than $4,000 for Habitat for Humanity.
Speaking to the audience after the dinner, Bud Green said, "I can't tell you how important events like these are. They're our bread and butter. To see this outpouring of support for what we are trying to do is wonderful. You really do make a difference in these people's lives."
Eighteen members of APC's congregation will travel to East Biloxi with Habitat for Humanity April 7 to help the organization in its rebuilding efforts.